TuksRugby women: The road to success with Kemisetso Baloyi

Caitlyn Walsh

Perdeby spoke to TuksWomensRugby seven’s player Kemisetso Baloyi to talk about her experience as a rugby player. Baloyi has been playing rugby for five years and joined TuksRugby in 2016.

Why did you decide to join TuksRugby?

I wanted to be a part of one of the most successful teams in the country, I knew joining the club would [help] [me] grow […] as a player.

What has been your best memory out on the field?

It’s difficult to pick one but it is between winning the Stanislas 7s and the Oktoberfest 7s, and winning bronze at the Dubai 7s.

Rugby is often presumed to be a male’s sport, have you, as a woman, ever experienced social or gender barriers in sport?

The mere fact that some people still get surprised when they learn that there is women’s rugby, is a challenge on its own. I feel that we do not get as much media coverage and opportunities as our male counterparts.

How do you overcome these challenges?

We try as much as we can to promote our team on social media platforms, that way we attract a lot of attention towards the sport.

Do you feel TuksRugby women challenges the stereotypes about rugby and women?

Absolutely, there is a common misconception about how rugby players look and behave, and I can certainly guarantee that we are the exact opposite of what would be described as “a typical rugby player”.

What keeps you motivated to push through any other tough times that you may experience?

My passion for the sport is one of my biggest motivators. Without it, I would not have had the resilience and heart to constantly tell myself that I can push through no matter how tired I am.

What or who do you attribute your success to?

My coaches for their guidance and my teammates for always hav­ing my back and pushing me to reach my full potential.

Are there any upcoming competitions for the team that you are looking forward to?

Our first tour to Europe for the year where we will play at the Stanislas 7s in France where we are the defending champions, fol­lowed by the Centrale 7s also in France two days later, Benidorm 7s in Spain.

What advice would you give to other women wishing to be suc­cessful in Sevens rugby as well?

Hard work, passion, resilience and the drive to improve will always lead to success.

Always take the time to improve your skills and one can never be too fit.

Exposing yourself to the sport by watching the World Series cir­cuit and other elite tournaments is a great way to learn more about what makes teams like New Zealand and Australia so successful. But most importantly play every match like its your last, play for your sisters who are with you on the field.

 

Photo: Thinumzi Dubeni

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