Rugby prodigy needs help to go overseas

I take everything that happens as a lesson, whether good or bad. I try to reflect on what it means and what I can take from it.

This is the philosophy of Odwa Moletsane, who has his sights set on going to Italy, but needs help getting there.

The Hangklip High School senior has been selected by ‘Travel and Sport’ for the Arthur Johnson tour to Italy in September, in the U18 and U19 teams. He was also offered a place in a Sevens rugby team that will tour Dubai in December.

He said he was excited about the trip and is determined to work hard to make his mother proud. “Whenever I am at school or on the rugby field I want to make my mother proud. I want to show her I appreciate the sacrifices she has made to support me.”

Recently Moletsane was at the VKB rugby week after he had been selected to play in the EP Country Districts team. He was assisted by Jean Fryer, a local attorney who heard Moletsane could not make the trip.

I had the opportunity to play for EP when I was here at Hangklip. That was fully paid for. It is sad that the government says it is prioritising transformation in sport, but cannot assist a talent like Moletsane. I wanted to help both as an Old Boy of the school and a parent,” Fryer said.

It was after excellent performances at the VKB that Moletsane was offered a second trip to Italy with the U19 team. He had been offered the first trip in the U18s in March when Hangklip visited Punt High School in Mossel Bay.

His success at the VKB week resulted in him being offered a partial bursary to study at the Sharks Academy next year, and a trip to Dubai.

Fryer said he was proud of Moletsane’s performance at the VKB and hoped it would open opportunities for him to pursue his dream.

I am very proud of the young man, both as a teammate to my son and as a fellow scholar. His coach tells me he is very good for team spirit and has good leadership qualities. As vice captain he takes responsibility for the team and encourages the other boys.”

Moletsane’s mother, Lungelwa Moletsane, said she was very proud of her son: “I can’t explain how happy I am. I thank God. I always tell him that God comes first and He is the one who helps us in all things.”

She said they had been unsuccessful in getting assistance from the government to fund any of the tours. She is appealing to anyone who can assist. People interested in helping can contact Travel and Sport directly on 082-046 4411 or 021-883 8811. They can also contact Moletsane on 078-387 1103.

The tours will be from September 19-28 and December 1-8.

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