20 quickfire questions with ... Butch James


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TODAY: Former Springbok and Sharks flyhalf, BUTCH JAMES

1. Nickname/s: Butch

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

3. Childhood sporting hero: I had lots but if it was one probably Henry Honiball

4. Greatest sporting moment personally: Winning 2007 Rugby World Cup

5. Game or sporting event that you could watch on repeat: 2019 Rugby World Cup

6. Sea or river: River

7. Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate

8. Favourite holiday destination: Maldives

9. Banana or pineapple on a pizza: Pineapple

10. What would your last meal be: Lamb chops

11. Favourite super hero and why: Deadpool - he has a good sense of humour

12. If a movie was made about your life who would play you: Ryan Reynolds

13. 3 things you would want with you on a desert island: My Family, any ball and some lamb chops

14. Current series addiction: None

15. Do you have a favourite joke: What do sprinters eat before a race? Nothing... they fast.

16. Best piece of advice you have ever received: Don't be scared of failure, be scared of not giving your best.

17. Hobby: Playing golf

18. How does Sport for good relate to you: Sport has given me so much joy, it’s kept me healthy, kept me from getting into trouble and best of all I've made some of my best friends and memories through sport.

19. Laureus programme that you have interacted with, and what they do: I enjoy all the programmes I've interacted with, but my favourite was the rugby programme in Hong Kong that helps juvenile offenders to get their lives back on track (https://www.laureus.com/sport-for-good/hong-kong/operation-breakthrough)

20. What are you and/or your family doing over this time to ensure you keep mentally and physically healthy? Mentally I am helping my son with his homework, which is tougher than I can remember. Physically we are running up the driveway and playing soccer and cricket.

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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