20 quickfire questions with ... Morne du Plessis

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Morne du Plessis (Laureus)

TODAY: Former Springbok great, Academy Member and chairperson of the Board for Laureus Sport for Good Foundation South Africa ... MORNE DU PLESSIS

1. Nickname/s: Morns, Uncle Ruggles, Gironki (long story)

2. Greatest sporting moment that you can recall (in general): 1995 Rugby World Cup final

3. Childhood sporting hero: Muhammad Ali, Frik du Preez, Tommy Bedford and Eddie Barlow

4. Greatest sporting moment personally: Springboks vs British Lions Newlands 1980

5. Game or sporting event that you could watch on repeat: 1973 Barbarians vs All Blacks

6. Sea or river: Sea

7. Chocolate or vanilla: Vanilla

8. Favourite holiday destination: Hermanus

9. Banana or pineapple on a pizza: Both please

10. What would your last meal be: Karoo lamb chops (preferably from the farm Bankfontein)

11. Favourite superhero: Jenny du Plessis

12. If a movie was made about your life who would play you: There is nobody tall/old enough in Hollywood (but maybe Clint Eastwood)

13. 3 things you would want with you on a desert island: Fishing rod, matches and a bottle of wine

14. Current series addiction: The Last Dance

15. Do you have a favourite joke: Bill Murray Tweet - "I just read last year 4 153 237 people got married, I don't want to start trouble, but shouldn't that be an equal number? "

16. Best piece of advice you have ever received: No journey is made in vain

17. Hobby: Woodwork, very small scale farming.

18. How does Sport for Good relate to you: Laureus has given me a special purpose in my twilight sporting years, in a small way to make a difference to young peoples’ lives and in so doing acknowledge the good fortune and privileges that came my way

19. Laureus programme that you have interacted with, and what they do: Every programme I have visited here in SA and around the world over the past twenty years, has in its own way been humbling and inspiring. The day the Springboks and All Blacks arrived at the LIV Village on the same bus, and the emotional welcome given by Tich Smith, stands out as special moment for me

20. What are you and/or your family doing over this time to ensure you keep mentally and physically healthy? Lockdown - 05:00 rise, social media admin and news update, make bed, exercise, shop (every three days), peel and clean vegetables for big soup pot, zoom meeting with Laureus team, rearrange garage for fourth time, transplant  plants from one area in garden to another and sometimes back again, supper, TV news, some Netflix, bed. Same again tomorrow! Thank you Mr President CR!

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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