PATON Wade < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA South Africa   
Gender Men
Born 21 Mar 1986 in Pretoria, SAF
Height1.76 m
Weight 75 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Cape Town, RSA
Occupation Athlete, Sales
Languages Afrikaans, English
Higher education University of KwaZulu-Natal: Durban, RSA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began playing hockey at such a young age that he can not remember when he first picked up a stick.
Why this sport? His parents played hockey and encouraged him to take up the sport too.
Club / Team Western Province: South Africa
Name of coach Fabian Gregory [national]
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Midfield
International Debut
Year 2007
Competing for South Africa
Opponent Scotland
Location Pretoria
General Interest
Nicknames Pates (Athlete, 07 Oct 2010)
Hobbies Surfing, running, swimming. (Twitter profile, 31 Mar 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement Walking onto the field and singing the national anthem with his team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (mrpricesport.com, 19 Feb 2014)
Most influential person in career His family and friends. (mrpricesport.com, 19 Feb 2014)
Hero / Idol Dutch hockey player Teun de Nooijer. (Athlete, 07 Oct 2010)
Injuries He tore his hamstring 90 seconds into his debut for South Africa in 2007. He missed a month of action. (iol.co.za, 25 Apr 2012; Gryphon South Africa, 22 Feb 2011)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He ties his shoelaces before the warm up and then after the huddle before the game starts. (iol.co.za, 25 Apr 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "What you put in is what you get out." (Athlete, 07 Oct 2010)
Awards and honours He was KwaZulu Natal's 2013 Player of the Year. (dnfever.mobi, 30 Oct 2013)

He was named Sportsman of the Year by KwaZulu Natal Hockey in 2009. (Athlete, 07 Oct 2010).
Famous relatives His father Alan played hockey for Rhodesia and coached the South African men's team. His mother represented South Africa 'A', and his brother Taine has also played the sport at international level. (mrpricesport.com, 19 Feb 2014; iol.co.za, 25 Apr 2012; Athlete, 07 Oct 2010)
Other information LEADER
He is captain of the national team, having first been given the honour when Austin Smith was injured at the 2011 African Olympic qualifier in Zimbabwe. "It was a great honour and an incredible feeling." (dispatch.co.za, 20 Mar 2014; iol.co.za, 25 Apr 2012)