University of Johannesburg hockey manager Elize le Roux took the next step in one of her pursuits when she received a level-three technical official certificate from the international body (FIH).
The former UJ player has a passion for the game and following her playing days, she has excelled in the administrative and technical aspects of the sport.
She recalled her early days in the technical field.
“When I finished playing, I realised umpiring wasn’t my calling,” said Le Roux.
“I did some technical work under mentors like Marie Janse van Rensburg and Sheila Brown, who are FIH tournament directors, and I thought ‘let’s give this a go’.”
The FIH certificate means she is qualified to work within the national structures as a technical official.
“To be more precise, it means we can work as tournament directors and also puts us on the FIH education course panel,” added Le Roux.
“This allows us to be nominated to work at international events from a junior to a senior level.
“I really want to strive to go international and this is the process in place for me.”
She has been involved in hockey since her schooldays, coming under the mentorship of Adrian Carter in high school.
Carter, now the director of sport at Wits, subsequently became the UJ hockey manager and was influential in Le Roux’s career path.
“I studied and played for UJ from 2002 until 2008 and later I became the co-coordinator for UJ youth hockey and a committee member.
“Having chosen B.Com sports management with a view to my future, I was assisted by Adrian, who taught me the practical elements of being a manager at UJ.
“With his own job promotions, I was blessed to have been successful in being invited to take on the UJ hockey manager position, which I have held since 2010.”
As time progressed, Le Roux saw a niche for herself as a technical official, which has taken her to her current status.