Meet Katja Schadle Captain Wartburg Kirchdorf School First XI Hockey
Hockey is a great Life Teacher –A conversation with Katja Schadle
Meet Katja Schadle – captain of the Wartburg Kirchdorf School first X1 Hockey team, the current champs of the Umvoti, uThukela and Umzinyathi Regional of the SPAR KZN School Girls’ Hockey Challenge. Katja will be leading her team out onto the field at this year’s regional, which takes place at Wembley College in Greytown on Saturday, May 13.
The gutsy left link’s passion for hockey began back in grade 1 when she started school, and she has loved it ever since. This love of the game, dedication and hard work landed her a position in the first team in grade 9. So this is her fourth SPAR regional event, and together with the team, is eager to retain their four consecutive wins of this regional.
“Hockey is a great life teacher,” she says, “I really enjoy the camaraderie, banter and friendship that we share within the team.” The best advice she says they have received from our coach was, “It is not always about winning but about playing the game we love”.
Katja, who is now in Grade 12, is not only active on the field but also has been rewarded for excellence in academics and music. She would like to pursue a career in Kinderkinetics and then honours in sport science at Stellenbosch.
The 17 year old all-rounder, has received merit awards for hockey, tennis and swimming, and also enjoys, and finds time in her busy schedule, to do other sports including athletics and soccer. And as if that was not enough, she also manages to spend time in the outdoors and loves fishing and trailing-running and also loves to cook.
The team, has in the past made it four consecutive times into the grand finals of the SPAR School Girls’ hockey in Durban in July, an experience she has had three times, and has thoroughly enjoyed as it helped hone the team’s skills. “Last year’s finals were very intense with our team playing our hearts out and improving our position in the tournament.”
With a mother who is also sporty and a hockey coach, Katja has some strong role models in her life. She says that she looks up to the captain of the 2016 team Elke Engelbrecht, as one of her sporting role models, “as she has a heart of gold, never backs down and is always there to help you improve your game.”
Giving it her all, seems what drives this young sporting talent. This, combined with a life motto of “Life is tough darling, but so are you”, Katja’s stars, no doubt, are on the rise.