Tristan vd Westhuizen - World Youth Rugby Festival
- By: Jaques van der Westhuizen
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/tristan-vd-westhuizen
My name I Tristan, 13 years old, from Pretoria South Africa. I have been playing rugby since I was 6 and currently play at school and at club level. My dream is to one day be a professional rugby player, but I would also love to be involved in nature conservation.
I have been given the opportunity to travel to LA, USA, during December 2019 to participate in the Rugby Youth Festival and my family and I are busy with different projects to raise the funds needed to make this a reality.
I am blessed to have raised around 10% of the target amount to date. The target amount is R50 000 (including spending money).
During July 2019 I participated in a rugby tournament as part of the trials to qualify for a planned tour to the World Youth Rugby Festival in Los Angeles. I am proud to say I did make the cut and our team, The Kudus, has been preparing ever since.
An opportunity like this is a blessing for which I am great-full but it comes at a price... money that needs to be raised in order for me to be part of it.
Not only will this be my first time out of the country, seeing new "worlds", but I believe that the exposure will be educational, too.
Rugby is a fast-growing sport in America, and knowing that I could be part of it is exciting as well as motivating.
The total tour amount of R 35 000 needs to be paid by end November 2019 but we have to pay R7500 end August and R7500 end September.
Breakdown of costs:
Visa of R2 600
Insurance R 450
Tour amount of R35 500 includes:
Return Flights to and from Los Angeles
9 x Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation for 9 Nights
Participation in an event like this will not only expose me to international competition at a young age but also give me an opportunity to learn from as well as teach other young people from different cultures.
I also believe that this could have a huge impact on the sport of rugby, both for us as individuals and as a team.
PS. I have also dreamed about visiting America for as long as I can remember...lol
All funds raised will be utilized for the cost of the tour as well as some spending money.
Should I exceed my goal I will use the money to assist fellow team members that may not be able to raise enough funds.
*Funds raised will go directly to KUDUNJALA RUGBY CLUB*