From as early as 3, if you asked me what I wanted to become one day, I would say what many young South African boys would say ” a Springbok rugby player”.
When I started Gr 1, all I wanted to do was play rugby. Today at the age of 17, playing rugby is still my number 1 passion.
In October 2016Ii was offered a rugby scholarship by Vereeniging Gymnasium which was a great achievement and a chance to really show what I could do. The first 10 months of 2017 consisted of lots and lots of hard physical training, dedication, sweat and sometimes tears, along with keeping my academic grades up, I was chosen as Captain of the second rugby team as well as flank for the 1st team squad.
In the 2017 October holidays I was selected to play for the Sedibeng Tigers 7'ns Rugby team that participated in the Prestige Sport Rhino Sevens Tournament held at VUT Stadium in Vanderbiljpark. Our team won the tournament.
In November my parents got a call from Prestige Youth Sport advising us that I was chosen as one of the SA Rhino 7'ns Team players which will tour to Dallas Texas from 26 June to 03 July 2018.
At last all the hard work and long hours of physical training and dedication has paid off and I now get the opportunity to firstly,represent South Africa in the US and secondly, to show my talents to prospective sponsors in the US which could get me a 2019 study/rugby scholarship in Texas.
My parents are extremely proud of all my accomplishments and really would want to make this once in a lifetime opportunity/dream come true for me,
Unfortunately the cost involved with this tour is quite high and as standard middle class citizens of South Africa it is a huge financial challenge for them to get the funds needed to go to Texas. The tour cost is R35 200 plus I would need an additional R10 000 to R15 000 spending money depending on the R/$ exchange at the time of the tour. Any additional funds received will be donated to our touring team coach to help other team players as well.
I hereby appeal to any individual or company willing to assist us in raising the required funds for me to go on this tour.
A Heartfelt Thanks from me to you!!!