Rugby star set for New Zealand

2018-05-29 06:01
Ghaalique Mathews, the head coach of the u.19 team at Primrose RFC, with Donelle Roberts and Jowa Abrahams, a former Springbok player.

Ghaalique Mathews, the head coach of the u.19 team at Primrose RFC, with Donelle Roberts and Jowa Abrahams, a former Springbok player.

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A 17-year-old boy from Hanover Park has been chosen out of 2500 strongholds to represent his country in New Zealand later this year.

An excited Donelle Roberts, a player for Primrose Rugby Club and a Grade 11 learner at Alexander Sinton High School in Belgravia, now needs R39 000 to make his dreams materialise.

“I am excited to represent my country in New Zealand, as I have one goal only – I want to make South Africa proud,” he says.

Roberts lives with his single-parent mother and 16-year-old brother, and says living in an area infected with gangsterism and drugs is hard, but he has chosen to rather take on the challenge through sport.

“I choose to be a respectable member of my community, and my focus is to work hard and to not become part of the disrespectful percentage of adults in my area. I therefore started playing rugby at my school at the age of 15. I fell in love with the sport and joined Caledonian Roses RFC in the same year,” explains Donelle.

“In 2015 I played u.16 for the same club, and my captain saw great potential in me as my rugby skills improved tremendously. I was then chosen to play for the club’s u.19 team, even though I was only 16.”

The talented player was approached by Primrose Rugby Club to join a higher league last year, after playing rugby for only four years. He was also officially chosen to represent the country in New Zealand, after participating in the Southern Cape Sports Tours Tournament in George earlier this year.

Shaheid Schrueder, chairperson of Primrose Rugby Club, encourages the public to support Donelle on his journey.

“Donelle is a superb rugby player and deserves the selection to tour New Zealand. We are confident that he will do well and continue his rugby excellence on tour and in his future. We look forward to his future and his outstanding rugby prowess at the club.”

His proud mother, Ellen Roberts, could not hold back on her excitement. She says it was tough raising Donelle at a younger age and she is extremely proud of his achievements to date.

“At the age of eight, his parents divorced and he became very aggressive as a youngster. I thank God for helping him change his aggression into positive energy. This helped him become the talented, kindhearted teenager he is today,” she says.

“Donelle lives for this sport and it is pleasing to see his commitment and dedication to become a Springbok player one day. He is very positive and speaks positive words only. He will always say that he is going to take his family out of Hanover Park one day, this from his lips to God’s ears.”

His uncle, Godfrey Abrahams, say this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for his talented nephew.

“My sister Ellen is a single mom of two boys who both play rugby for the same club, and needs to come up with this huge cost. Donelle was chosen out of 2500 strongholds to represent the country. It is exciting, knowing that being from Hanover Park has its own challenges,” adds Abrahams.

The full amount needed is to cover visa and passport costs, the Southern Cape Sports Tours trip to New Zealand and personal expenses, which include food and sightseeing.

V Ellen Roberts can be contacted on 078 320 7560 or 071 353 1031, or at ellenr@metrofile.co.za.

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