Gold medalist Mtshazi shows WeCan24

2017-03-30 06:02
Sesethu Mtshazi is a member of theConnect Elite Academy

Sesethu Mtshazi is a member of theConnect Elite Academy

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The cause registered by the For Good-platform and the bake-sale initiated by Parent24 and enthusiastically supported by the whole .24-family have impacted Sesethu Mtshazi greatly.

And if you don’t pronounce her name expertly, you might have to improve quickly, especially if you are destined to commentate on TV when the Springbok woman’s rugby team are in action over the next two years.

The 19-year old flyhalf, a member of the Connect Elite Academy who registered a cause on For Good-platform requesting financial support for Mtshazi’s trip to Durban, won a gold medal at the coastal city.

She was part of the Islander-team competing in a national tournament the past weekend.

The R2900 raised by Parents24, ensured that she could make the trip timeously.

Remarkably, just days after the tournament, Mtshazi was selected as a member of the senior Western Province-women’s group that will train at the High Performance Centre of Province in Bellville.

If she makes the final fifteen, her fairy-tale evolution from a sports-athlete who was only 17 when she was introduced to the sport, to provincial pivot, would be completed.

That is despite the fact that she has only played in four matches in which contact was allowed.

Antoinette Muller, PR-practitioner of the Connect Sports Academy, said they registered a bake sale request on For Good (an online platform that connects people who want to make a difference to causes that need their help).

Aneeqah Emeran of News24, said Parent24, in response to Connects call-up on For Good, organized a bake-sale on the ground floor of Media24. They invited staff members (via the corporate communications-department) to the sale on 10th March.

The cup-cakes, biscuits, brownies and big cakes were sold out within two and a half hours as News24, Network24 and lend a helping hand and the .24-family joined in buying and selling.

Murray Ingram, strength- and conditioning coach at the Connect Sports Academy, said the gesture for assistance to Mtshazi can possibly help to create a national sensation.

“Sesethu has got good feet, a good step and good composure.

“We are trying to improve her core skills and also the quality of her passing. We also want to improve her speed off the mark,” he said.

Last year, Mtshazi reached the final trials of the senior provincial team, but in 2017, she is part of the training squad and she can possibly make the step up.

Ingram believes she can actually become the academy’s first fully fledged professional rugby player.

A portion of the funds generated by the gesture from Parent24 will also benefit another one of Connect Sports Academy’s athletes, Lutho Dyalvane, who is a student at the Western Cape Sports School.

He is playing his first game for his new school on Saturday at the Rondebosch 10s, and will get some new boots out of the deal, said Muller.

Adrie Jurgensen, manager of community initiatives of Media 24 and project manager of WeCan24, flagship educational program of Media24, said: “This is a great cause and a success story of note, and one of several with which Media24 has identified as part of our internal Volunteers24 initiative.

“The initiative practically means that each staff member can select any cause they are passionate about and volunteer their time.

“More than 10% of the staff already made an impact by spending time at a registered charity or by responding to a call for action posted on For Good,” Jurgensen added.

– WeCan24

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