Our athlete Lukhanyo “Boepa” Vokozela has become the first Connect athlete to play rugby at Grant Khomo Week.
The Rondebosch Boys’ High School hooker put in a pair of strong performances as Western Province hit back to win their second two games in Kimberley, against the Golden Lions and South Western Districts Eagles.
Boepa even came away with a try and an assist from the final game on Friday.
Long tour for Western Province duty
The Western Province squad spent over a week training and playing in the Northern Cape.
Not surprisingly, Boepa was ready for nothing more than a burger and a good sleep on the long journey back!
Our thanks to the coaches, particularly team manager Kuyper Albertyn, for their work with the boys over a long trip.
A huge thank you, too, to the parents of Boepa’s team-mates at Rondebosch, who have been fantastic in their support to help make this landmark a reality.
Most pleasing of all was that the boys, who started as players from separate schools, finished the tournament as a band of brothers.
Furthering understanding between young people from different backgrounds is key to continued social and sporting transformation in South Africa.
We’re also delighted to have several boys representing the South Africa LSEN side at Coca-Cola Academy Week at Paarl Boys’ High School this week.
Now for the next rugby challenge
Boepa will be back, fit and firing to complete his school rugby season after the holidays.
He’ll then join the rest of our Connect athletes for off-season training at our High Performance Centre in Burgundy Estate, Cape Town.
The countdown to senior rugby starts now!