Lukhanyo ‘Boepa’ Vokozela has been selected for the SARU Elite Development Camp taking place in Paarl this October.
Our long-serving Connect Sports Academy hooker receives national recognition after continuing his progress on the rugby field throughout 2018.
Boepa represented Western Province at the national Under 16 Grant Khomo Week earlier this year.
His efforts – including a try in the final match of the competition – were the product of several years of commitment and consistency with us.
Boepa began playing competitive rugby in 2015 (pictured above, centre… seriously!) after training with Connect in our regular open sessions in Makhaza, Khayelitsha.
Having taken to our principles of high performance and dedication, Boepa became one of our first batch of athletes to be awarded a scholarship at one of Cape Town’s leading schools.
He started life at Rondebosch Boys’ High School in January 2018 alongside fellow Connect front row, Lamla Nunu.
Both have been key figures in the school U16 first XV throughout the year, with a first shot at senior rugby coming up in 2019.
Connect athletes are stepping up everywhere
The selection of our forward comes hot on the heels of Sesethu Mtshazi, who became our first athlete to play Currie Cup rugby earlier in September for Western Province Women.
Three more of our senior athletes – Tsetse Kawaya, Joshua Visagie and Mickael Williams – will also be wearing national colours soon when they represent the South Africa LSEN side at the national U18 rugby sevens competition in Potchefstroom.
Boepa will first hook up with the national set-up in the first week of October at Paarl Gimnasium.
After that it’ll be on to our off-season training programme at our Burgundy High Performance Centre home, in conjunction with his school work and training.
Congratulations Boepa – here’s to the next step!