Springbok Vuyolwethu Maqholo Wants To Win A Women’s Rugby World Cup Gold Medal By Cheryl Roberts

6 Apr

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Rugby player Vuolwethu Maqholo has journeyed from Middledrift in the Eastern Cape, where she went to school and started watching and playing rugby to Langa on the Cape Flats, where she is based. At home in Middledrift, Vuyo watched rugby every weekend and got attracted to play rugby when she saw women rugby players. Today, Vuyo is not only a champion club and provincial rugby player but also a Springbok. But she’s an unemployed rugby player, and despite playing rugby for her country, still doesn’t have a national contract. Vuyo would love to see more rugby development for girls and women and for SA Rugby to nationally contract women rugby players. In this Q and A interview with ‘South African SportsWoman’ publisher, Cheryl Roberts we get to know more about rugby player Vuyolwethu Maqholo.

Q: How were you attracted to playing rugby? How long have you been playing rugby?
Vuyolwethu Maqholo: Was watching men training opposite my home in Eastern Cape, then I was really intrigued by the ladies who I met on the field and told me they were SA players. I did not know that women’s rugby existed on such a platform. But then I saw an opportunity to make a better life for me…. I started to play rugby since 2008.
Q: Did you set any ambitions for yourself as a rugby player before you started playing rugby or only when you got into the game? What were some of your ambitions?
Vuyolwethu Maqholo: My ambitions that I set as a rugby player were when I started to play rugby and I told myself I will work hard so that I can go to the world cup and be the one of the best rugby players in the world.
Q: Tell us more about your training schedules?
Vuyolwethu Maqholo: On Mondays and Wednesdays, I am training with Western Province women’s provincial team, on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Busy Bee club in Langa. Then on Fridays I am training by myself doing roadwork or indoor session…. During this lockdown I am keeping myself busy with my home programme.
Q: You have played rugby at club, provincial and Springbok level. Tell us how you enjoy all this representation at rugby?
Vuyolwethu Maqholo: To be around my teammates is the most amazing thing for me because it also helps me to learn different characters and the most interesting part is to play three different structures/levels of rugby that also help me more to learn more about rugby.

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Q: What would you like to achieve as an international rugby player?
Vuyolwethu Maqholo: To be a good role model to the young ones. And to hopefully have my world cup gold medal by working hard to be in the squad that will win the women’s rugby World Cup.
Q: Your favourite/most admired rugby players?
Vuyolwethu Maqholo: Zenay Jordaan, Elton Jantjies and Damain McKenzie.
Q: Where did you grow up, go to school, first watch rugby?
Vuyolwethu Maqholo: I grew up in Middledrift in the Eastern Cape where I went to Josi Marela High school. I was always supporting my rugby team and club; they were always playing each and every weekend.
Q: Tell us more about playing for your club Busy Bees, based in Langa on the Cape Flats.
Vuyolwethu Maqholo: I started to play for Busy Bee when they were playing in the rugby Easter Tournament in 2013. Then when I came to Cape Town in 2014, I joined the club. It was not hard for me to join the club because there were a lot of players that I knew from the club. Some of them I was playing with in SA under 20 team. Am also happy to play for the most achieving black club in Western Cape, and that is Busy Bees.
Q: Are you hoping to play pro rugby outside South Africa?
Vuyolwethu Maqholo: Yes I am hoping to play pro rugby. Unfortunately I had an opportunity to play in Spain but I couldn’t afford to do my Visa and then during some anxious moments I couldn’t locate my passport. So I needed money for both the visa to Spain and South African passport and I just couldn’t get it together. Then I was out of time and then the club in Spain decided to give the opportunity to a player from New Zealand.
Q: How would you like to see women’s rugby advancing in SA?
Vuyolwethu Maqholo: SA women’s rugby should work more on the development of schools rugby, SARU must try to treat women’s rugby the same as men’s rugby team or at least give national squad players contracts.
Q: What do you like about playing rugby?
Vuyolwethu Maqholo: The most things that I like about playing rugby are that it makes me to enjoy myself and learn how to work and respect other people. And the most important thing to me is to love my teammates that become my family.

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