Damian Overmeyer has praised his family for the sacrifices they have made so that he can live out his love for football and possibly make a career out of it. The midfielder wears the UWC jersey in the 2023 Men’s Varsity Football competition.
The 23-year-old started playing football at the age of four playing with his family and friends and enjoyed the competitiveness of the game.
Born and bred in Retreat, Cape Town, Overmeyer's dream is to make it as a professional footballer.
"I can honestly say that my family have sacrificed a lot when it comes to my sporting career, whether it be coming to games to support me, making time to drop me at training and games, or giving advice on what steps to take next.
"They have also been there to support me through the lows this game holds and celebrated with me through the highs."
Overmeyer, studying Sports Recreation and Exercise Science, says it's an honour to be part of the UWC team and he believes they can achieve a lot with the young talented team they have.
"There are so many great players that are a part of this institution and being one of the players given a chance to take them back to the place where they belong in Varsity Football is an honour.
"It is also a great opportunity for me to showcase what I can do, and for that I am grateful."
Being a football lover and passionate about it for many years growing up, Overmeyer has looked up to so many players who play in similar positions to his. One of the players he looks up to the most is Kaizer Chiefs’ Yusuf Maart.
"The player I look up to the most is Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Yusuf Maart. I like his style of play and how he dictates the game. I would like to try and implement some of the things he does in my game to improve.
"There are also a lot of good players I have faced in my career but the toughest would be the Stellenbosch attacker Kyle Bailey."
by Ayanda Frances Felem