Kyle Marais from Port Alfred Primêre Skool in Station hill has been selected to represent Eastern Province at Craven Week in Johannesburg, to take place in the third week of June during the school holidays.
The 13-year-old, who has been playing rugby since Grade 1, went through quite an extensive selection process where he first represented the coastal schools and then after that he was chosen for the Albany primary schools rugby side. He went through five selections before he was actually chosen for the EP side.
Port Alfred Primêre principal Mark Bouah said just two weeks ago Kyle went to play at a tournament hosted by the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. They saw his talent and love for rugby and he got chosen to play in Craven Week.
“They will be there for a week, where all rugby teams from all nine provinces will be playing against each other,” Bouah said. “If he plays well there he will be selected for the SA Schools U13 team. As the school we are fully behind him, we also know how passionate he is about sport and I can confidently say he is a Springbok player in the making.
“I am putting all my trust in him and I feel excited because it shows that school is not only about academics but children are also taught holistically. I am putting all my trust in Kyle,” Bouah said.
Kyle also expressed his happiness about being chosen for Craven Week, saying that for him being chosen and being actually there will be an exciting experience.
“I felt very happy about being selected. I cannot wait to partake in the matches that will be played in the Craven Week, I am quite confident that I will do well,” he said.
The school is looking for sponsors for Kyle because the whole trip will cost him R6,000. Anyone who can lend a helping hand can contact the school on (046) 624-1793.
BY NTOMBENTSHA MSUTU