Siya Kolisi invited Lebo Mogoma to a prestigious awards evening and then took him on stage too!
Hyde Park, South Africa – The third annual prestigious BrightRock Players Choice Awards was held at “The Park” in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening and the young learner from Helpmekaar College, who recently took social media by storm with all his emotions after seeing the Springboks, finally got the chance to meet his heroes in person!
Lebo Mogoma’s emotion was recently captured by Eyewitness News as the Boks started their victory parade off in Johannesburg at Helpmekaar College but his story was unknown. All South Africa saw was an emotional young man after seeing the Springboks and captain Siya Kolisi.
The tearful photos were rapidly shared all over social media, but luckily we now have a new picture of a young man smiling… while on stage with all his heroes!
Last night the World Cup champion Captain brought the 15-year-old student to the BrightRock Players Choice Awards but he was actually invited to accept Cheslin Kolbe’s award for Backline Player of the Year!
Layla Kolbe confirmed to Good Things Guy that her husband, Cheslin, arranged for Mogoma to go onto the stage on his behalf, as Cheslin is his biggest hero. That was actually why he cried on the original viral video after seeing Cheslin in real life.
The awards – held by the players, for the players – are the only of their kind in South Africa and sees professional rugby players from SA’s 14 unions vote for their top players across six awards categories. The seventh is the BrightRock Fans’ Choice category where SA rugby fans have the chance to vote for their favourite players of 2019.
Check out all the Award Winners below:
The Players’ Player of the Year – Pieter-Steph du Toit
Nominees: Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Brits, Cheslin Kolbe
Defender of the Year – Pieter-Steph du Toit
Nominees: Franco Mostert, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende
Forward Player of the Year – Pieter-Steph du Toit
Nominees: Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, RG Snyman
Backline Player of the Year – Cheslin Kolbe
Nominees: George Whitehead, Rabz Maxwane, Herschel Jantjies
Best off the Bench – Herschel Jantjies
Nominees: Steven Kitshoff, Bongani Mbonambi, Selvyn Davids
The #LoveChange Award – Herschel Jantjies
Nominees: Joseph Dweba, Tyrone Green, Kurt-Lee Arendse
BrightRock Fan’s Choice Award – Rosko Specman (nominated charity – Be The Difference Foundation)
Nominees: Scarra Ntubeni (Newborns Trust), Chris Dry (Zanokhanyo Children’s Safety House), Rabz Maxwane (King William’s Town Youth Care Centre)
You can watch the full awards below: