Spotlight - Nico Van Der Walt

Name - Nico van der Walt

 

Age - 31

 

Education (School, Tertiary) – Port Natal, Durban

North West University Pukke

 

Clubs played for -  Rugby: Durban Collegians, Pukke, False Bay RFC 

 

Position played or role if never played – Positions played Scrumhalf, flyhalf, wing

Current role: Strength & Conditioning coach

 

Rugby philosophy - Bleed in training so that you can sweat in battle

 

Life philosophy - As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

 

Rugby highlight as a player - Playing at Ellis Park a few times for Pukke and the Leopards 7’s team

 

Rugby highlight in your role - Seeing the progress the team and individuals have made in the past 4 years has been great.  The teams work ethic has gone from strength to strength and there is a direct correlation between that and their success.  Obviously winning the 2017 SLA and runners up in the Gold Cup is the cherry on top

 

 

Favourite Club Player - Work ethic:  Justin van Winkel;  Over all - Danie Roux

 

Favourite Coach - Jono van der Walt

 

How do you chill?  - Surfing, Golf, Mountain biking, Running and recently started scuba diving

 

What is it about the Bay that inspires you?  - The diversity of people and cultures at The Bay is truly inspirational, everybody is there to have a jol.  That diversity of people who enjoys each others' company is a great role model for people in South Africa

 

 

What is your Dream Sports event, one you would most like to attend? - An all access pass to The Olympics

 

Your favourite rugby moment? - Joel Stranskey’ Drop goal to win the 1995 World Cup

 

Your most embarrassing rugby memory? - I was playing scrumhalf, I took a quick penalty tap, stepped a few guys and then dived over the line for a try only to realize that it was the 5m line in front of the try line...

 

Training: Love it or Hate it? - Love it