Another popular sporting event cancelled
Organisers of the Fedhealth MTB Challenge this week announced the cancellation of the popular endurance race.
It was scheduled to take place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September.
“Given the current state of the Covid19 pandemic in South Africa, a decision has been made to cancel the sixth edition of the Fedhealth MTB Challenge, which was scheduled to take place at the Boschendal Farm Estate in
Franschhoek in September,” organisers Stillwater Sport said in a statement. “Entries to the event will therefore not open this year. We would like to thank all mountain bikers, our sponsors and suppliers for their unwavering support.
“We look forward to celebrating the event’s sixth anniversary in 2021.”
Nande Moses, a matric learner at Gordon High School, reaped the fruits of his hard work when he officially became a member of the Western Province rugby academy for 2021.
Moses (18) has never won provincial colours. He fell out in the first round of the WP Grant Khomo under-16 trials in 2018 and in the third round of Craven Week trials last year, but that did not deter him from achieving his dream.
“I am a huge supporter of Western Province,” he relates. “All my life I have dreamt of wearing the blue and white hooped jersey and I’m ecstatic that I have my foot in the door.”
Due to the global pandemic all school sport was brought to a halt, which meant Moses and thousands of rugby players across the country, had to forfeit the chance of participating in trials.
In a quest to ensure that his dreams to represent WP, materialises Moses took a leap of fait and applied to the academy last month. “I was surprised to receive feedback so fast.”
Hard work and determination have been integral themes in the aspiring rugby player’s life, as he knew that opportunities of this nature seldom came around for players who do not attend traditional rugby schools.
Nonetheless, Mose drawa inspiration from and was deeply moved by the stories of Springbok captain Siya Kolisi and try machine Mapimpi, who both consistently worked hard until someone recognised their talent. “Like Mapimpi, I am an ordinary guy from the township who loves rugby and does not attend a prestigious school,” he says.
“But it is the passion I have for the sport that will continue opening doors for me. These two acclaimed sportsmen continue to be a beacon of hope to those who come from the townships and I too, want to do the same for boys in my community.”
His passion for the sport dates back to his primary school days at Temperance Town Primary in Gordon’s Bay, where he was first introduced to the sport. Moses believes his invitation to play the sport was initially influenced by his build, but little did he know that he would fall in love with the game of rugby.
“I was in Grade 7 when I realised that I actually enjoy the sport and started taking it a bit more seriously,” he shares.
The talented hooker is in particularly intrigued by Springbok hooker Bongi Mbonambi’s style of play. “I really enjoy the skills he brings to the field, especially as he plays for WP.”
Moses’ rugby career is punctuated by challenges that he has had to overcome. He cites the fact that he hails from a smaller school with less resources as his biggest hurdle. “Every time I participate in trials, I see that many of the other boys come from schools that have a rich rugby culture; they have dedicated coaches who help them perfect their craft,” he explains.
“But the one thing I told myself is that I will not let that get me down, even if it means that I have to work twice as hard to achieve my goals.”
Quizzed on his future plans, Moses replies: “I don’t want to blow my own horn, but I know I am a hard worker and that it surpasses everything. I have already made it to the academy, now I am working towards a promotion to the senior WP team.”
The Asanda Village local also aspires to one day wear the green and gold.
A proud Nande Moses signs his contract to be part of the WP Rugby Academy for 2021.