Even as his thirties approach, Siya Kolisi never forgets his roots and those who helped him along the way!
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (26 March 2021) – You may think that winning a Rugby World Cup represents the inevitable high point of a stellar career, but as Springbok Captain and Red Bull athlete, Siya Kolisi, nears his first debut with the Sharks and his 30th Birthday in June this year, all indications are that he’s just getting started.
“I haven’t really thought about what it means to turn 30”, he said with a laugh. “I’m excited, though. I think it’s a great opportunity to start fresh and look forward to what comes next. I want the next 30 years to be even better than the first”.
2021 has certainly been an exciting one for Kolisi thus far. Not only does his likeness feature on a limited edition can of Red Bull as well as the accompanying Siya’s Squad game, but he was also unveiled as the latest addition to the Sharks in Durban after signing a multi-year deal with the team last month.
The 29-year-old Siya Kolisi still has so much to offer the world of rugby, and his consistency in Super Rugby over the past 11 years speaks for itself. He is a true all-rounder of modern rugby, and fans of the Sharks should be excited for what is to come, especially with his upcoming first debut match with the Sharks on Friday the 26th of March 2021.
“Moving to Durban is definitely my next big adventure”, Kolisi said. “I always thought I’d be a one-province guy and live in Cape Town all my life, but the 30-year-old Siya is being re-energised with new challenges in KZN!”
Even as his thirties approach, Siya never forgets his roots and those who helped him along the way, so it’s understandable that one of his life’s main passions is nurturing potential and offering a helping hand where it’s needed – whether in sports or other arenas.
Along with his wife Rachel, 2020 also saw Siya establishing the Kolisi Foundation, with a vision to supporting people living in under-resourced communities and mobilising and advocating for systemic change that can bring about equality in South Africa.
“The 10-year-old me would be proud of what I’ve achieved so far, but the 30-year-old me wants to start changing the stories of other 10-year-olds in South Africa. I want to make sure the next Siya doesn’t struggle the way I had to”.
With no sign of slowing down, pandemic or not, it’s clear Siya Kolisi is just getting started in a whole new chapter that may prove even more remarkable than the first.
Visit www.redbull.co.za/siyasquad to play the Siya’s Squad game to win a unique experience with Siya Kolisi.