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Fresh & Hungry: Kyle Verreynne

Kyle Verreynne is one of SA’s bright up-and-coming cricket stars. Kyle is a brilliant wicketkeeper-batsman who has done an excellent job in representing Western Province and South Africa U19’s. He displays brilliant prowess and maturity for his youth and is definitely to be watched for the future. This young champ is also a multiple man of the match award winner.

He says this about himself “I am a very relaxed person that tries to see the lighter side of life.  I work very hard towards the goals I set myself but never take the enjoyment out of what I am doing”.

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Athlete: Bio / Stats

Name & Surname Kyle Verreynne
Nick Name KV
Date of birth 12/05/1997
Place of birth Pretoria
Current City Cape Town
Out of Country events/ meets School Cricket tour – Sri Lanka 2013

SA u19 Tour – Bangladesh 2015

u19 WC – Bangladesh 2016

Secondary Sport/ sports Hockey
Favorite City Cape Town
Tertiary Inst Name/ Year University of South Africa – 2016
Tertiary degree Bcom – Economics
Sponsors Gunn and Moore (GM cricket) & Opal Sports
Twitter and facebook name @KyleVerreynne

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INTERVIEW:

Q: You are passionate and doing so well in your Cricket tell me a little bit about how you started in Cricket and your journey in the Cricket arena up to now?

My father and brother were both very passionate cricket players. I would watch them play from a very young age and play around with a ball and bat on the side of the field. From then I’ve always enjoyed playing cricket and it is the enjoyment of the game that has allowed me to continue working hard at it and succeeding in the sport.

Q: What is the highest accolade that you have achieved in Cricket and what is your greatest personal accomplishment?

My greatest accolade would have to be making the SA Schools cricket team 2 years in a row as well as the SA u19 cricket team.

My greatest personal accomplishment was captaining the SA u19 in 2015 against Bangladesh in a youth ODI.

Q: You have travelled outside SA before, what are you highlights of these travels, and what does travelling / international meets do for your mindset/ perspective on things regarding your sport?

My highlights of the travelling that I have done is definitely the people. The different people and cultures that I have come across have been incredible and in most cases very inspiring.  Regarding sport travelling doesn’t affect me very much. At the end of the day no matter where it is that I am playing I always play in the same manner – barring some technical and strategic things.

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Q: In your opinion, what is the value of Education for our youth?

I’m a firm believer that education is the solution to every problem that society currently faces. Education is paramount for youth.

Q: What do you do to relax?

I enjoy playing golf and spending time with those that are close to me.

Q: What is your personal favourite motivational quote?

” The game owes me nothing; I owe the game a hell of a lot.” – Michael Clarke

Q: When an athlete hits some “hard / difficult” patch in their sports career, what goes through your mind at that time? What advice can you give other young athletes in this regard?

The first thing that anyone does is question what they are doing and you question yourself as a sportsman. The best advice I can give is for you to then go back and look at all the times you have been successful. This reminds yourself of what you are capable of doing and gives you some self-belief.

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Q: In your opinion, how do you define success in life?

Success to me is when you can do something without worrying about what others think or about the end result. If you play sport to make a team or impress people you aren’t likely to enjoy it or be successful at it.

Q: What’s your WHY?  

The reason I do what I do is because I enjoy it. I obviously have goals of what I’d like to achieve but I play cricket for the primary reason that I enjoy the game. I hope to one day inspire children to not do things for others but rather to live their lives in a way that makes them happy.

Q: What is your message of encouragement to South African/ African youth and our nation?

Don’t look back at what has happened, we need to look forward to the future.  The future is in our hands, history isn’t.

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Thank you so much for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the best for your journey ahead. We look forward to following you as you go from strength to strength. Blessings!

NB – All images were supplied by the athlete to Heslop Sports. If there are any images that are not credited correctly, please email info@heslopsports.co.za with the details and we will gladly do so immediately.

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