Fullback from Glenwood High School to join The Sharks in 2021
AWSUM caught up with Katlego Thinyane, fullback of Glenwood High School to talk about his contract at the Sharks.
Firstly, congratulations with your singing for The Sharks! How does it feel to be seen and acknowledge for your talents? Thank you so much! It feels great to be finally seen and acknowledged for my talents – it just shows me that hard work and dedication does really pay off and that my blood, sweat and tears was all worth it.
This is a difficult year for the Matrics of 2020, and even more so for the sports men and girls. Can you describe to us your personal experience and feelings in this regard? Yeah man, this year has been really tough for everyone, especially for the matrics. But I mean, I’m still gutted that I couldn’t wear that special green 1st XV jersey this year and I didn’t get to run on the field on “Old Boys Day” in front of the whole school. It’s just so sad that this coronavirus pandemic has made all matriculants lose so many percious memories. But everything happens for a reason and maybe there is a lesson in all of this.
What influence did your school have on your rugby career? My school had a huge influence in my rugby career, because I came from a small school in East London and if Glenwood High School hadn’t offered me a rugby bursary I don’t think I would have been spotted by such a great union like The Sharks. So Glenwood gave me that exposure to be spotted by scouts and various teams and for that I’ll be forever grateful. This school also helped me grow as a rugby player and as a man, because at Glenwood, we are taught to follow five core values: Honesty, Humility, Respect, Integrity, Perseverance and that’s what I live my life by and that was enforced by Glenwood High School (and my mom 😂).
Who had the most influence on your Rugby career thus far and why? The person who has had the biggest influence in my rugby career, it’s actually two people and they are Mr Niell Jacobs and Ruan Jacobs. These two gentleman saw something in me from grade 7 when they recruited me to go to Stirling High School and play rugby. From there they were always so hard on me to keep working hard and stay focused, and there were times when I felt like I wanted to give up, but these two guys saw something in me and they kept pushing me to get better each day. I owe so much to those two gents.
Who is your role model as a rugby player and why? My role model as a rugby player is probably Aphelele Fassi. I love the way he plays the game and I try and model the way I play rugby to the way he does. He is so smooth and elegant in the way he plays the game, he does it effortlessly and he is also deceptively quick.
What are you looking forward to the most now that you are a contracted player? I can’t wait to get stuck in, to take my game to the next level and to improve my craft each and everyday with no distractions of high school teachers and stuff like that.
What is your opinion of The Sharks and why did you decide to sign with them? The Sharks is a great union and I’ve always been a huge fan. I decided to sign with them because they are well-known for helping young players improve and get to the top of their game. So it was an easy decision for me to make, plus it helps that they are the best team in the country!
We wish you well for this journey ahead and hope that your dreams will come to reality – Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to be interviewed – it’s an honor and privilege.