Sesethu Mtshazi (pictured above, right) has set another landmark by becoming the first Connect Sports Academy athlete to play in the Currie Cup.
Our senior female athlete even popped up with a try in a massive 101-0 victory for Western Province Women over the Free State Cheetahs on Saturday.
It’s been a long journey for Sese to reach this point, coming from our original crop of young athletes in Khayelitsha back in 2015.
She has gone through the Western Province trials process twice before and represented her region in several pre-Currie Cup fixtures last season.
Sese is entering the final stages of her first year as a student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where she is studying sports management.
We must also say a huge thank you to leading public relations firm Irvine Partners, who have been sponsoring Sese as a Friend of Connect throughout 2018.
Their support – as well as that of our other sponsors and donors – has been vital to help not just Sese, but all of our athletes as they continue on their pathway towards the professional adult world.
Sese is one of several Connect representative athletes
Sese’s achievement comes soon after Connect’s first athletes to take part in the National Schools Week competitions.
Lukhanyo ‘Boepa’ Vokozela took part in Grant Khomo Under 16 Week in Kimberley as the starting hooker for Western Province, following a similar journey to Sese with us from a dusty field in Makhaza, Khayelitsha.
Tsetse Kawaya and Mickael Williams, meanwhile, represented the South African national LSEN team at the U18 Academy Week in Paarl.
The pair will be joined by another Connect athlete, Joshua Visagie, in representing the LSEN rugby sevens side in the national U18 tournament later this month.
All of our athletes are examples of what can be achieved when young people are given consistent access to quality resources and opportunities, on and off the rugby field.
Congratulations Sese, we’re proud of how far you’ve come!
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