Felix Von Hofe
Posted 8 August 2012
Felix Von Hofe has just returned from Lithuania, where he represented Australia in the Under 17 men’s basketball team at the World Championships, where the team won a silver medal.
Currently a member of four different teams, the Year 12 St Kilda Road campus student’s life is filled with basketball – the Australian Under 17 men’s team, the training squad for the Australian Under 19 men’s team, the Melbourne Tigers Under 18 men’s team, as well as the Wesley College First boys team.
Felix spends about 15 hours training and plays 3 or 4 games for his various teams each week, so it’s not surprising that the 17 year old’s sole focus is on his sport – he simply has no other time to spare. The 195cm tall shooting guard began to play basketball at the age of nine when, living close to the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, it was a convenient choice.
His favourite teams are the Melbourne Tigers in the NBL and the LA Lakers in NBA, and Felix regards Kobe Bryant as his sporting role model due to his focus and work ethic. His toughest opponent to date has been Jabari Parker; Felix says it “was a great challenge and a learning experience to play against someone who you hear so much about,” – Jabari, an American high school basketball player of Tongan and African American descent, is tipped to be huge in the NBA one day, and has already been on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
Felix has been a part of several award winning teams - two silver medals for the Victorian Metro team at the National Championships for the last two years; his Melbourne Tigers team are the reigning Victorian champions for the last two years and he also played a huge role in the Wesley Firsts undefeated 2010 team. He considers representing Australia overseas at the Under 17 World Championships to be his biggest sporting achievement to date.
Felix hopes to be recruited to play in an American College team and one day would love to represent Australia at the Olympics.
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