Students from Camps Bay High School got the best surprise when the DHL Stormers visited the school to use their rugby facilities for training.
Cape Town, South Africa (09 October 2020) – The DHL Stormers popped in at the Camps Bay High School’s Kudu Park for a training session. The team mingled with the school’s hopeful rugby team and then got busy with drills.
The team are currently staying in a hotel near the school and it is perfectly placed for them to commute to the field for their practice sessions.
Speaking to Carol van der Spuy, the communications manager at Camps Bay High School, she said that John Dobson, the head coach for the DHL Stormers said that it was great to see so much enthusiasm and support for the team.
The students were over the moon with excitement to meet the team. We had the opportunity to speak to some of the students to find out what they thought about meeting the team as well as what their own aspirations were for the future.
Thomas Symons, photographed with Siya Kolisi below, is currently training with the WP Elite Squad and was excited to meet the entire team.
“It was amazing to meet Siya I mean I see him as an idol and someone I look up to. I can’t describe how amazing it was to meet him. I was so excited just when I saw him and I couldn’t believe it when I met him properly.
It was also so cool to watch them train because I’m always at the matches when they are at Newlands so it was really cool to see what happens behind the scenes that make them play so well as a team.
I also enjoyed meeting all the team it was a really cool experience to meet all of them also, I have met some of the team already at the games but just all-around was really cool to see all of them again and to watch them train”
Thomas is currently involved with rugby outside of school, he is training with Western Province Elite Squad. He hopes to be part of South African rugby whether that be provincial or international!
“For the future, I have the dream as most boys in South Africa do and that’s to play for the springboks but I would definitely love to one day play for the Stormers but all I can do now is keep training hard and doing what I’m doing. I’m also just really excited to be back on the field with the boys and can’t wait to have some fun and just try my best to make it in the future” – Thomas Symons
We also caught up with Makhi Bunn to get his thoughts about meeting the team. Makhi aspires to be involved in the South African music industry or becoming a local TV personality.
“For me, meeting Siya and the rest of the DHL Stormers was an amazing experience. Seeing them train on the grounds I too used to train on was a crazy feeling. And when I actually got the chance to take pictures with some of the squad, it felt like a surreal moment.” – Makhi Bunn
South Africans have missed rugby and are happy to see our favourite players returning to the field.