University of Johannesburg student Stephen Bhasera has been recognised by his native country, Zimbabwe, for his hard work and dedication to rugby.
The Varsity Cup prop has been nominated for the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards in the Sports Personality of the Year category for 2019, an initiative which recognises those people living outside of the country.
“It covers categories from business to community work to academia, sports, culture and media,” said Bhasera.
“The awards take place annually to honour Zimbabweans based in five different countries and I have been nominated for Sports Personality of the Year for South Africa 2019.”
With his home base being Kadoma in Zimbabwe, Bhasera lives in Atholl in Johannesburg, although he will be leaving later this year to study in the United Kingdom.
Having initially received offers to attend various top law schools around the world, Bhasera chose to pursue his career in UJ.
He turned out for the Lions U19 team in 2015 and played for the province in the SuperSport Challenge and the Currie Cup premier division.
After being part of the Young Guns set-up at UJ, he graduated to the Varsity Cup squad this year.
“I played the first three games of the season and then suffered an injury in training that has put me out for the rest of the programme.
“Despite that my Varsity Cup experience has been largely positive – it’s a unique initiative that combines the benefits of top-level rugby with the perks of studying at an institution of higher education.
For now his sporting career will be on the backburner as he turns his attention to a Masters in Law degree (LLM), starting in the UK in September.