20 quickfire questions with ... Dean Furman


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TODAY: Bafana Bafana midfielder, DEAN FURMAN

1. Nickname/s: Deano, Furms

2. Greatest sporting moment for that you can recall (in general): Tiger Woods famous chip at the Masters in 2005

3. Childhood sporting hero: Frank Lampard and Pete Sampras

4. Greatest sporting moment personally: Making my debut for Bafana Bafana away against Brazil

5. Game or sporting event that you could watch on repeat: Federer v Roddick - Wimbledon 2009 final. 16-14 in the 5th set. Incredible!

6. Sea or river: Sea

7. Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate

8. Favourite holiday destination: Maldives

9. Banana or pineapple on a pizza: Pineapple ?? banana ??‍?‍

10. What would your last meal be: Sushi

11. Favourite superhero and why: Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I loved them as a young and even named the family dog after him!

12. If a movie was made about your life who would play you: Big fan of Bradley Cooper

13. 3 things you would want with you on a desert island: My wife and a football. That's enough to keep me happy!

14. Current series addiction: Money Heist

15. Do you have a favourite joke: ???

16. Best piece of advice you have ever received: It’s easy to be negative, try and look for positives in every situation

17. Hobby: Golf and tennis

18. How does Sport for good relate to you: Sport for good relates to me as I have been lucky enough to see first hand the positive effect that sport directly has on a persons’ life. Sport has the amazing ability to put huge smiles on the faces of millions, and can give people hope, passion and endless joy!

19. Laureus programme that you have interacted with, and what they do: I was officially inducted to Laureus at the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge in Johannesburg. I got to meet many of the Laureus team members, play a bit of soccer with some of the young kids on the program and join in the race. It was fantastic to participate in this event and I hope there will be many more events I can get involved with in the near future.

20. What are you and/or your family doing over this time to ensure you keep mentally and physically healthy? To keep physically and mentally healthy, I make sure I spend a few hours of each day working out in a small garden area outside my apartment. I make sure I get off the sofa and away from the TV and my phone every day for a good few hours.

Who is Laureus?

Laureus is a global movement that celebrates the power of sport to bring people together as a force for good. The first Patron of Laureus was Nelson Mandela. At the inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards in 2000, President Mandela said: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers.”

This has become the philosophy of Laureus, the driving belief behind all they do.

Laureus combines Laureus Sport for Good, the Laureus World Sports Academy and Ambassadors Programme and the Laureus World Sports Awards to form a unique organisation that uses the inspirational power of sport as a force for good.

Laureus Sport for Good South Africa

The Laureus Sport For Good Foundation Trust South Africa is a local chapter of the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation. Launched in 2002, SA was the first regional office to be established by Laureus International.

What is the Laureus Sport For Good vision? “Using the power of sport to end violence, discrimination and disadvantage. Proving that sport can change the world”. 

The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation South Africa supports over 30 projects nationwide. Every programme supported addresses at least one of the following six social issues, which are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: 

• Health: Enhancing mental wellbeing and encouraging healthy behaviour change

• Education: Increased access to and completion of education

• Women and Girls: Promoting equality, empowerment and safety

• Employability: Developing skills and creating pathways to employment

• Inclusive Society: Creating communities which embrace ethnic, cultural and physical differences

• Peaceful Society: Resolving conflict, promoting community peace-building and creating safe spaces

For more information: https://www.laureus.co.za/

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