Union Sports Group came across this awesome article on one of our rising stars, Curwin Bosch so we thought we would share it with our wonderful readership.
“Curwin Bosch is a brilliant Youth Rugby player and rising star to keep a keen eye on for our nation’s sporting future. With many accolades behind his name, he particularly revels in being named the Craven Week Player of the Year for 2014. Internationally he ran out in his green and gold colours as part of Team SA in Samoa this year, at the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Born in Port Elizabeth, this humble and proudly Grey High School student is a balanced athlete, a deep thinker and a hard worker. He speaks with high esteem, honour and respect about his wonderful team mates.
He will be making his way to the amazing Sharks academy for 2016 as he further pursues his rugby and academic careers.
Once again I say this with absolute conviction – I am seeing such a wonderful generation of young men and women rising up amongst us, who are becoming true world changers and history makers on and off the sports fields.
Q: Tell me a little bit about how you started in Rugby, and your journey up to now?
I started playing rugby at the age of 9. I didn’t have the opportunity to play as much rugby in my junior school, as sport was not such a big deal. Luckily I made the EP u12 and was spotted by Grey Junior who immediately offered me a bursary to further my career at Grey Junior and later Grey High School.
Q: What is the highest accolade that you have achieved in Rugby and what is your greatest personal accomplishment?
My highest achievement in rugby at this point would most definitely be representing SA Schools team for 2 years (2014-2015). My highest personal achievement would most definitely be winning the Cravenweek Player of the year 2014.
I think my support base has to be mentioned as something that has driven me to where I am today! I’m very grateful for my family and friends who supported me through thick and thin. I also think my dedication and love for the game has grown in this manner which in turn contributes to my achievements.
Q: You have represented Team SA for Rugby 7’s in Somoa, how did you experience it?
It was a very good yet very different experience! Somoa has a very different lifestyle compared to what we have in SA. On the rugby field is was a very enjoyable tour. I’ve learnt a lot during the time with the 7’s and I enjoyed playing with a great bunch of guys!
Q: How do you manage to fit in both sports and academics into your schedule?
Hahaha the question that always comes up! I try my best to get a good balance between academics and sport even though sport seems to creep ahead of academics sometimes… hahahahahah
Q: Beside your Athletics what do you have a passion for?
I used to be a sprinter, went to SA’s for athletics whilst still u15 for 100m and 200m event. I also used to be a tennis player back when rugby wasn’t the only sport I did. Haha
Q: Would you like to share a little bit more about your faith journey and how it has affected your life / sports?
I am a Christian. My faith has let me down at times during difficulty but I’ve been working hard at trying to correct that, which I seem to be improving on.
Q: What do you do to relax?
I love spending time with my girlfriend, Simonne Dreyer who lives in Pretoria. I also love spending time on my own.
Q: Which athletes inspire you?
I have quite a few rugby players that I look up to, the likes of Dan Carter (New Zealand), Jonny Wilkinson(England), Matt Giteau (Australia). These are all players who I’ve looked up to from childhood simply because of their values as people and for the example they set on the field.
Q: What is your personal favourite motivational quote?
I have quite a few but one that stands out the most,
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right”
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
I think I’ve heard it more than once. Something that stood out was that you never know when you’ll play your last game so enjoy every game like it’s your last.
Q: What is your biggest challenge, and what do you do to manage this challenge?
I’d say my biggest challenge in the past 2 years of my life would most probably be dealing with critics, the media and its negative effects especially on rugby players. So dealing with that for the 1st time was difficult but in the professional environment you get used to it.
Q: When you’ve had a tough / bad day, what lifts you up again?
That’s when I like to spend time by myself just to regroup again! I don’t want any other outside influences I like to solve my problems or upsets by myself, I appreciate the help from others but I prefer to do it on my own.
Q: What’s to be expected next from you?
I am joining the Sharks Academy in 2016. I’d like to establish myself in some team whilst there and hopefully get the opportunity at a higher level.”
(Article courtesy of www.heslopsports.co.za)