Sharks Rugby Academy ac­cepts PAHS pupil

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Ta­lented young rugby player Zen­o­van Den­ston, from Sta­tion Hill, has been ac­cepted by the Sharks Rugby Academy in KwaZulu-Natal next year.

Know­ing his ta­lent and ca­pa­bil­i­ties in rugby, 19-year-old Den­ston, who cap­tains the first team at Port Al­fred High School, took a chance to ap­ply to the Sharks Rugby Academy and was thrilled to be ac­cepted.

He has been con­sid­ered for the Sharks un­der 21 squad.

Talk­ing about his long-term goal in sport, he said: “One day I want to be a rugby player and that’s what al­most ev­ery lit­tle rugby player says when he be­gins play­ing rugby.”

The of­fer has come at the right time as Den­ston is in his matric year at PAHS.

The elated young­ster sees this op­por­tu­nity as a dream come true.

“I now have a chance to fol­low the dream I’ve al­ways had. It has been my dream since I was a child to play for the Spring­boks one day and make our coun­try proud,” he said.

Den­ston went on to say that with this op­por­tu­nity he wants to be­come a role model to all the young play­ers out there. He be­lieves that through him this op­por­tu­nity can ben­e­fit the en­tire com­mu­nity.

“One day I want to be able to give back to the poorer com­mu­ni­ties and pro­vide them with op­por­tu­ni­ties to fol­low their dreams,” he said.

Although he has been given an of­fer, he said he had been passed the ball and now he needed to run with it to se­cure his place at the academy. He has ap­pealed for pub­lic as­sis­tance.

“I have to pay a de­posit to en­sure my place in the academy, so I have opened a ‘Back a Buddy’ ac­count for peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing me to fol­low my dream to be­come a rugby player. It will be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated,” he said.

Den­ston’s coach Ryle Mur­ray can be con­tacted on 072-248-7587.

I have to pay a de­posit to en­sure my place, so I have opened a ‘Back a Buddy’ ac­count

Pic­ture: TK MTIKI

FOL­LOW­ING A DREAM: Sta­tion Hill young­ster Zen­o­van Den­ston has re­ceived an of­fer from the Sharks Rugby Academy for next year and has re­quested pub­lic sup­port to se­cure his place in the academy

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