Dean Jacobs (27 years old), born and bred in Cape Town, South African. He has been playing Baseball from the tender age of 9 years old and it all started out with him tagging along with his Cousin Toni-Ann Tewary as she did not want to go alone to this new sport her Dad introduced her to. Dean sat in the car for a while and not too long after his cousin came and said the Coach is calling him, he then joined the last part of the training session thereafter he met the rest of the kids. Dean was told by the coach to go home and tell his parents that he has to report to the field the next morning and since that day his love for the game begun.
“I’m forever grateful that I decided to go with my cousin that day.”
Dean Jacobs has been playing for 18 years, the club he first started at was Silvertree and played there for 15 years and then moved to his current club Athlone Athletics.
There are many challenges with the sport being labeled as an amateur sport, it does not receive the recognition it deserves and the biggest downfall would be the financial side of things as Baseball is a self-funded sporting code meaning each player needs to fend for themselves when it comes to competing at provincial or national level, however despite all the challenges and obstacles the sport is faced with there is a very positive drive as it has taught players alot as what it really means to be a team player and having your teammates back.
“I’ve also learned the essentials of brotherhood while being on this journey.”
Dean Jacobs was fortunate enough to represent Western Province at National Provincial tournaments since a Junior at Under 10 level to currently a senior level.
His first International opportunity came in 2016 when he was selected to be part of the South African team to participate in the World Baseball Classic Qualifiers in Australia, Sydney.
In November 2018 he played an International Friendship series against France and they won the series 5 games to 2.
Baseball has been re-entered into the Olympics after 20 years and that is what the most recent competition was for. The All African Championships qualifiers hosted in Johannesburg last month which consisted of 3 other African countries, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso. They went on winning the tournament and was crowd African Continental Champs which allows them to progress to the next round of the Olympic qualifiers which will be held later this year in Italy.
“The opportunity to participate in the biggest sporting event in the world is definitely a dream come true for any sportsman.”
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