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The apple doesn’t fall that far for Let’s Play winner

This month’s DistrictMail/Supersport Let’s Play winner, Bronisha Hess, who’s currently reaching for the stars for rugby glory, is following in some very, very significant footsteps.

Exactly five years ago – in October 2014 – our Let’s Play winner was her sister Shaunique, a rising women’s rugby star who eventually went on to represent the Springboks in women 7s rugby.

Bronisha is currently a Grade 9 learner at Hottentots-Holland High School.

The Strand local is easily head and shoulders above her peers in terms of rugby talent.

“I look up to my elder sister, she is my role-model and her achievements are something I want to emulate,” the 14-year-old says, a wide smile on her face.

The younger sibling would follow her elder sibling to training sessions, where she would practise with the rugby ball and mimic the training routines.

It was not long afterwards that the coach approached her mother seeking permission for her daughter, who was 10 at the time, to be enrolled in the Western Province Elite Squad – a rugby academy for a talent players.

“I believe there’s a great future for women in rugby, so I signed all indemnity forms and eagerly enrolled into the academy,” Bronisha’s mother Bronwyn said. “I used to take her into the city three times a week for practice, because I knew it was worth it.”

The young hopeful soon joined Strand Pioneers Rugby Club and was selected to represent the under-16 girl’s Western Province team in June this year. She was one of the youngest players in the squad.

She admits her build and height give her an advantage over her counterparts.

“I really love the game, and ever since I started playing I’ve given it my all. I want to excel and be the best I can possibly be, because I know this will open up opportunities for me,” Bronisha says.

She then attended the 2019 Youth Week where under-16 girls teams competed and where her talent was again on full display, despite battling an ankle injury.

She was selected for the Western Cape team that toured to Durban for a week.

“I feel honoured to be so young and afforded all these opportunities. My main focus is to continue playing competitive rugby, keeping fit and hopefully progress to bigger and better things. Maybe one day I can do as well as my sister, or even better.”

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