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Charles Lamprecht brings a South African sporting ethos to his role as director of sport at St John’s Beaumont School in Old Windsor.

 

What school (s) did you go to?

 

PW Botha College, George, South Africa

 

What’s your earliest sporting memory?

 

Many an afternoon was spent with my dad as he coached us in the back yard. I think he made sure we had all sorts of sporting equipment lying around the house in an attempt to ensure we grew up playing sport. Mind you, it didn’t take much to indoctrinate us.

 

Who were your sporting heroes growing up?

 

Mostly anybody who wore the green and gold for South Africa during the 1990s. The likes of Hansie Cronje, Allan Donald, Jonty Rhodes, Tiaan Strauss and Os Du Randt.

 

What are your best and worst sporting memories of school?

 

Both memories originate from separate fixtures versus the same school - our local rivals. My school had always been the underdog over many decades and our win-loss ratio at the time was atrocious. In my final year, as both captain of cricket and rugby, it had to be all or nothing. Best memory was walloping the opposition 1st XI at cricket, with my brother and me sharing a 170 run partnership. Worst memory was playing a 5-5 draw in an epic 1st XV rugby battle with the deciding penalty in the dying minutes shaving past the upright.

 

Can you recall a memorable sporting teacher?

 

Mr Smit. He was our prep school cricket and rugby coach, who gave an awful lot of his own time for us. Too young to realise it at the time, my dad was always keen to point this out to us and helped us to appreciate the sacrifice our teachers made for us on a daily basis.

 

What sports do you play these days?

 

Club cricket, touch rugby and the occasional game of tennis and golf. Other than that I mostly run after my two year old son.

 

What is your favourite sporting memory?

 

The amount of times I’ve been fortunate enough to play alongside my twin brother. At prep school, we played Western Province cricket trials in Cape Town. My brother opened the batting, but soon departed. I followed him and walked in to hear the protests of the opposition fielders. The umpire wanted to see my brother first before allowing me to continue, which did cause some confusion. It was one of many funny moments.

 

What’s been your most embarrassing sporting moment?

 

Although our U9 cricket coach knew the technical aspects of playing cricket, but could’ve added some more detail when explaining the proper placement of certain protective gear. Playing my first proper game of cricket, I set of for a quick single whilst batting, but stopped half way down the track to pick up the above mentioned protective gear as it had fallen out from underneath my playing shorts. That sinking feeling hit me as I looked up and saw the keeper dislodge the bails. Stupid!

 

What’s your biggest sporting bugbear?

 

Players who think they are bigger than the game itself by placing winning ahead of their own conduct.

 

When was the last time you cried at a sporting event?

 

I have come very close. There are a few key dates that will make for poor reading if you’re a South African. During the 1990s we lost a few tightly contested knock-out matches in both rugby and cricket world cups. I suppose it helps you to savour future success as a fan with more humility.

 

Which three sports people would you like to have around for dinner and why?

 

Cricketer Hansie Cronje, not only to discuss the obvious and tragic saga that ended his career but for all the positives he achieved as a national hero. Gary Player, who as one of the timeless golf ambassadors for South Africa, exudes class and is a gentleman through and through. His work ethic has been inspirational. Thirdly rugby player Os Du Randt. Having played in the front-row myself, we could discuss World Cup experiences and all the dark arts of the scrum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY SPORTING LIFE