Ghafoer loves work with Blitzboks

2020-01-28 06:00
Ghafoer Luckan and his eldest son Rhadi with the trophy that the Blitzboks won in Dubai in December.

Ghafoer Luckan and his eldest son Rhadi with the trophy that the Blitzboks won in Dubai in December.

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The saying goes that one man’s loss is another one’s gain and when Warren Adams, the conditioning coach of the SA 7s team left for Japan, Ghafoer Luckan from Goodwood applied and got the job.

“The best part of being the conditioning coach is being able to do what I love every day. There is no sad part – it is a blessing to work with the Blitzboks,” he says.

He has a BA degree in sports and exercise science and an honours degree in biokinetics from the University of the Western Cape.

“Being on the road for sometimes three to four weeks while the HSBC Sevens Series (December to May) is on, can be tough on your family. Luckily for me I have a supportive wife that understands the demands of the job ever since I started at the Blitzboks in October 2018.

“I miss my two boys the most when I am on the road and when I am at home I make sure that I spend quality time with my family,” Ghafoer says.

With the Olympics happening this year in Tokyo, Japan, he hopes to win gold and to win the World Series as well.

“What I admire the most of the Blitzboks is how humble and down-to-earth they are. They always have time for the fans, whether it is for a chat or a picture. When the going gets tough or the tension is high while we are in the gym, Chris Dry and Rosko Specman will always relieve the tension,” he says.

Ghafoer says with him, what you see is what you get.

He describes himself as a passionate, hardworking, family man, who is private and active.

“I wear my heart on my sleeve and whatever I do, I do it full out. Supporting my family is my number one priority in life. I like my own space and would get away from everyone from time to time. You’ll never find me standing still, I’m always on the go or I keep myself busy,” he says.

His hobbies are spending time with his kids and keeping fit by playing touch rugby and hitting the gym.

“My year is planned in advance and I do different things with the guys at different times of the season. In the off-season the guys would have testing, there’ll be activation or prehab when they come in on mornings. This will be followed by a gym strength session, lunch and we end the day with skills and field conditioning or a cardio session in the gym.”

He says they try to keep away from the rugby training and focus on building a solid foundation with gym and conditioning work.

“Pre-season consists of prehab, strapping, a team meeting, a field session, units session, top up meal, a gym session, lunch, a second field session and we end off with conditioning,” he says.

A day in the life of the players during a tournament is a different ball game.

“During the World Series the guys do pool or cardio activation, where the bodies are prepared for the day’s games.

“Breakfast and strapping is done followed by a team meeting before we leave to the stadium. At the stadium, management would help out with the logistics, we make sure the players have everything they need to aid optimal performance. We then have a final team meeting. After that it is activation, the team warms up which leads to the match. After the match we do our recovery protocol and then we repeat the process for the next game,” he says.

Ghafoer especially enjoys the Dubai 7s because it is where his journey with the Blitzboks started.

“I also enjoy Cape Town because it is my home town. I enjoy all the cities on the circuit but Las Vegas is not one of my favourites. It is very cold that time of the year (February/March) and also the party setting is not my scene.

“I admire James Rodwell of the English 7s team because of what he has achieved and the friendliness of some of the Samoan and Fijian players. I also have a good relationship with the conditioning coaches of England, New Zealand, France, Fiji, Wales and Scotland. We keep in contact via WhatsApp and chat about strength and conditioning,” Ghafoer says.

The Blitzboks are currently in Australia after completing the Hamilton 7s over the weekend.


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