Of all the high performance athletes in Connect’s programme, we have perhaps seen the biggest physical change in Lamla. Since he joined the academy early in 2015 – never having touched a rugby ball before – he has turned himself into a powerhouse forward, with a little help from our academy’s nutritional programme!
Unsurprisingly, he puts his size to good use in the front row, as well as making the most of our off-season strength and conditioning programme to shed the excess and take the shape of a young high performance athlete with the potential to go far.
A recent growth spurt has also led to him playing at lock for Western Cape Sport School, where he is on a rugby bursary alongside fellow Connect athletes Lutho Dyalvane and Lukhanyo Vokozela. Their school side beat off all the regional competition in 2017 to represent the Western Cape at the national Top Schools competition in Durban, where they went all the way to the final.
Lamla also joined Lukhanyo in being selected to represent Western Province at the Under 15 Iqhawe Week in Johannesburg – as they came home as national champions.
All three boys are sponsored by the Woodstock, Cape Town, franchise of Timbercity. Join them in supporting a Connect high performance athlete!
Lamla is already the unofficial Connect Sports Academy athlete spokesman and, if it wasn’t for rugby, this outspoken young man would probably already be a trade union leader.