University of Johannesburg sevens rugby star Voice Ndou said her biggest lesson from representing the Blitzboks last year was that hard work would always pay off.
The 19-year-old BA student was chosen for the national squad to compete in the HSBC Dubai sevens tournament in December and said it had been a massive learning curve.
“One of the things I realised was that, with dedication, you could achieve your dreams,” said Ndou, who was christened Vhugala but is better known by her second name of Voice.
“It doesn’t matter where you come from or your background, if you work hard enough you can reach the top level.”
Ndou, who stays in residence in Auckland Park, received other valuable lessons in terms of having respect for her teammates and opponents and realising that “losing is not the end of the world”.
“The important thing I found out was to try to learn from your mistakes and to interact with the team so you create a family atmosphere within the squad.”
As she goes through the final year of her degree, Ndou acknowledged the opportunities she had received at UJ.
“Earning my national colours and playing against international opposition have been the highlights of my career so far,” she said.
“But this would not have been possible without the support and guidance I have received at UJ.
“Playing for them has put me in a position to play at a higher level and provided a platform for my sporting aspirations.”