Young Siya aims high

2016-05-11 06:00
SIYA JETAIME (14) is a passionate sports star of the Steynville High School in Hopetown. Photo: Supplied

SIYA JETAIME (14) is a passionate sports star of the Steynville High School in Hopetown. Photo: Supplied

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PARTICIPATING in different sporting codes has reaped good results for Siya Jetaime (14) of the Steynville High School in Hopetown.

This gr. 10 rugby player believes that his wish to qualify to play for the national rugby team is not just a dream.

He has four years to prepare himself before taking a shot at the junior team on the national squad.

Jetaime participates in soccer and plays at the right back position. In rugby he played as hooker and prop forward before moving to flyhalf and centre position.

He was amongst the eight learners from the Pixley ka Seme District Municipality to be chosen to represent the province at the upcoming Southern Tour in New Zealand.

The Southern Tour consists of young sports participants from the Northern Cape and the Western Cape.

The young sports star is ready to pack and go and will only be held back by lack of funds.

The tour, for which he needs to raise about R38 000 to participate, will commence on 28 September and end on 8 October.

“I really feel lucky and am proud that I will be representing my province in New Zealand.

“That is why I appeal to the community out there to please assist in turning my dreams into reality by sponsoring my trip.

“This way we will be putting our province on the international map,” pleaded Jetaime.

His mother, Bernadette, says although she is proud of her son’s achievement, the thought of disappointing her son due to lack of funds after such an opportunity was granted to him breaks her heart and makes her feel helpless.

“This is a blessing to us all, but we really need all the help we can get,” she said.

According to Jetaime, he aims to use the experience from the trip to qualify for the Grant Khomo team (u.16 Griqua rugby team) as he is planning to make it to the trials next year.

According to his school soccer coach, John Bennett, Jetaime is one of his best players, as he is also part of the u.15 school team that will be participating in the upcoming Regional Copa Coca-Cola Tournament in De Aar.

“He is now developing very well, as he uses both sports skills to better his skills and we hope the province takes note of his talent,” added the coach.

“The soccer skills help him in bettering his rugby.

“We really hope he gets a sponsorship, because it will be a big experience and exposure to his sports career.

“New Zealand is the Rugby World Cup champion. He is bound to learn a lot and could, in return, plough back his knowledge into the province.

“We hope to turn this tour into a reality for him.”

The coach concluded by pointing out the difficulty of getting sponsorships from within their own poverty-stricken community.

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