Our first Blitzbok – congratulations Sese!

Well done to our first national SA representative!
Pictures: Tuks Supporters Club

We’ve hit another Connect Sports Academy landmark with the selection of our athlete Sesethu Mtshazi in the South Africa women’s rugby sevens squad.

Sese has become our first nationally recognized senior rugby player after signing as a seasonal athlete with the national side.

Two tournaments in already

The Springbok Women’s Sevens team have already played two tournaments since Sese joined the squad for training at the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport.

Sese was in the thick of the action as they won the University of Pretoria Sevens Tournament last weekend, beating the hosts 36-5 in the final.

The previous weekend saw our 21-year-old make her debut in the famous green and gold, as an evolving squad saw off the competition to win a tournament in Hermanus.

A huge thank you to coach Paul Delport, his team and the Blitzboks squad for welcoming Sese and for creating an atmosphere in which she can continue to develop.

A product of high performance

A 2018 Currie Cup winner with Western Province, Sese is fresh from a three-month conditioning block at our home and training base, Burgundy High Performance Centre.

There she has built up the consistency and quality of her training, in conjunction with the start of the second year of her sports management degree at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

It’s our ambition for Sese to be the first of many that find a pathway through our system to reach professional sport.

It’s a far cry from where she began with us on a patch of ground in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, in 2015.

We’ll continue to support Sese on her journey, on and off the rugby field, by giving her the best environment we can to help her reach her goals and fulfill her potential.

Sponsorship has helped Sese grow

We really appreciate the ongoing support of Rachel and her team at Irvine Partners for helping us provide the access to resources and opportunities that Sese needs in order to thrive.

The leading public relations firm continue to contribute to our academy – a registered non-profit company – and we’d love for you to do the same as we take our athletes on into the professional adult world.

We’d love for you to become a Friend of Connect and make a direct donation to support the work that we do with young people.

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