We have a Blitzbokke in the Platinum Province


Article By: Tlami VM

Published: 22 Nov 2019
Tag: lifestyle

 
Lawrence Molefe who has represented South Africa at junior and senior level has been called up to join the Blitzbokke in preparation for the Olympic 2020 that gets underway on the 24th of July in Tokyo. He is a Platinum Product representing the North West province very well and we couldn't be more proud of him for being called to captain the team and of course it is a huge deal for the Lions player. The Rustenburg-born has been called the New Comer of the Year and Sportsman of the Year by the North West Provincial Sports Awards, the Newcomer of the Year Nominee for South African Sports Awards. He has won a gold medal for SAMSA Rugby Sevens, NAAS Botha Rugby Sevens, not to mention Blue Bulls Player of the Year amongst others. His hobbies would include reading, going to church, doing some charity work and playing golf. We take a closer look at this ambitious and hardworking individual who has a lot to account for come Olympics 2020.


Lawrence Molefe was born in Mamelodi West C3 and grew up in Lethabong near Rustenburg. He went to Lapeng Daycare, Noka Ya Lorato Primary School, Matsukubyane Middle School and completed his schooling at Hoer Tegnies Skool. It is safe to say without a doubt that he is indeed a born athlete as he has run a couple of 100m and 200m sprints. Not only that, but has represented himself well and the province by winning provincial and national colours and some encouragement can go a long way 'my primary teacher, Mrs Mafoko who was a sports coordinator encouraged us a lot', he said. Just when you thought he was done during his school days, at Matsukubyane he dominated and ended up being scouted by the late Head Master of Hoer Tegnies Skool Mr Opperman 'he offered me a scholarship to study at HTS Rustenburg where I started my rugby journey and made it to the provincial in my first year, became great until I was called to join junior world cup squad for South Africa', Lawrence told Maftownmag.
He always knew that rugby is the sport that he wanted to pursue, everyone would remember that South Africa was fresh into democracy 'I loved the sport especially after seeing what the late Chester Williams was doing and even more so when I saw Young JP and Jongi Nokwe scoring tries for the springboks', he explained. It has been a long journey to get to where Lawrence is and with hard work being called to lead the Blitzbokke took so much from 2009 when he started at the Sharks, that's after making his Super Rugby debut where former Springbok Sevens coach Paul Treu included him in his Common Wealth team and later went to New Zealand 'I was a seasonal player', he mentioned and knows very well that he has a lot of responsibility as a captain 'being a captain it's hard work and discipline is placed in the position.'
When asked who is his favourite player it had to be legendary All Blacks' Carlos Spenser who he explains was one of the competitive players of his time and not forgetting his teammate and friend Rosco Speckman. Besides training and getting ready for the 2022 Sevens Rugby World Cup, he enjoys going out with friends and exploring new things. A lot of ladies would be happy to know that he can cook and something that he felt he couldn't disclose would be loving his own space, being loud and talkative and Molefe's mission is to change the world of sports completely so that everyone can get equal opportunities.

Facebook: Lawrence Molefe / page Lebza Molefe
Instagram: @lawmolf14

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