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Top Tennis Player Guest Speaker at Hirsch’s

Posted last December 11, 2012, 3:32 pm in Events report article

Hirsch's Centurion was honoured to have "JL' otherwise known as John-Laffnie de Jager, professional Tennis player for 15 years as guest speaker at their recently held Networking breakfast. JL who was no. 4 in world doubles, won 2 grand slam finals and was is currently the Davis Cup and Fed Cup Captain and was recently given an award for the Most Successful Captain in tennis history. Everyone was amazed by his passion, determination and his will to "go for it"! “To make our final Business Networking event even more successful we had a great breakfast sponsored by Kelvinator's Miguel De Oliveira and his assistant Jessica Dias.” said Hirsch’s Linda Levendag.

John’s story is most definitely an inspiring one, said Linda - when he was a small child, his heart stopped and instead of the doctor injecting him in the thigh, he mistakenly injected him in the bottom. This hit a nerve and John was left not being able to move any muscles in his legs. When he got to school he was told that he would never be any good at sport. He managed to walk again but now JL’s right leg is an inch and a half shorter than his left leg. He also showed us that the muscles in his right leg are no longer able to relax. Despite being “disabled”, John managed to live his dream of becoming a household name for his amazing tennis playing skills! He recently started the JL Foundation where he helps feed 700 children in the Diepsloot area and is helping young people in unfortunate circumstances to improve their tennis skills. John gave the audience members some advice “Surround yourself with positive people. People that have the same passions and people that can help you get where you want to be” John finished by comparing running a business to coaching tennis “You need to coach your players to be coaches- get them to think for themselves and don’t be scared of hiring people who are better than you, they will

" The best part of the function - everyone became friends during the year and good wishes were passed on to each other, and the new people who attended today? They made new friends whilst talking business - Everyone left in high spirits - A great