My most heroic moment was one that dabbled in the world of sports, I didn't save anyone's life, I didn't rescue people from a mob-infested bank, I didn't rescue the cute girl's kittie from the high tree tops...All I did was rescue a team that no one thought could or even would be rescued.
It all started at a humble afrikaans school, I was the captain of the u/13 A cricket team, I was very good at cricket. We played the league's top school, Staat's president Swart Laerskool! They beat everyone they would come across in cricket and pretty much any other sport there was, if there was a sport to play and an opponent to beat, these guys did it and did it well.
Our entire batting line up was out, for some reason the coach moved me from opener to 5th position. I was mad and upset but as we watched the wickets fall one by one and the score staying below 10 in 4 over’s, I saw my hands shake and my feet became sweaty as my turn to walk the walk of shame to and from the crease!
And another of my team mates walks the walk with his head buried deep down in shame! The crowds cheered on and some laughed at this spectacle, we needed 110 runs to win! We were now sitting at 30 something for 4 and I walked on...a loaned bat and loaned gloves, I thought if i had left my kit behind something different might happen today...and well, it did!
In primary school cricket you would always have your coach as an umpire and the opponent's coach as an umpire, as my coach read the bowler’s credentials, "Right arm over, fast" he gave me nod and I knew it meant I had to carry this team from losers to beating the all time greats! An immense calm came over me and I just thought of Brian Lara as I played the most memorable U/13 innings ever to be witnessed by both teams present! To this day when I walk in Kimberley and people would remember that day and they would remember me! I finished the day with a cover drive for 4 and the score reading 114/5 win to DuToit Span Laer! We drove home singing and chanting! The next day an emergency assembly was called to honor our team! I got cricket player of the year and chosen to go for trials for provincial squad!
The most memorable and probably most heroic moment was when the entire team was on the boundary chanting and raving and screaming me on to end this...I ended it off with a cover drive and even when the ball was on its way to the boundary everyone rushed onto the field to embrace me...there was about 40 people from players to supporters to dad's and moms all rushing towards me...no one has beaten that team that year, they all came to congratulate me...I felt like a hero that day, I can still remember it as if it was yesterday!
A hero I was then, I still feel like one today when I think back!!!