Women in Sport: Eloise Webb

by Brenda Taylor
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Eloise Webb

As August is Women’s Month we are celebrating women in sport. Today we celebrate one of our Springbok rugby ladies, fullback Eloise Webb.

Eloise Webb boasts provincial colours in not only rugby, but netball and cricket too. She studied education at the Nelson Mandela University. Webb has shown that the Springbok Women’s team is better on attack with her vision and good distribution skills.

Eloise Webb

We asked some of the current Springbok Women about the challenges of being a sportswomen and other interesting things. Here are Eloise Webb’s answers.

Q. What are your greatest achievements so far in your rugby career?

I have to say one of my greatest achievements so far is playing SA Sevens rugby. I always dreamt of playing Sevens rugby and I never really got the chance because there was always something preventing me from playing. Then the one year I did actually go and play in Nelspruit and Paul Delport saw me playing there so he invited me to a camp. That was the best moment of my career.

Q. As a women’s rugby player you have faced challenges in your career. What have been the toughest challenges so far? And how have you overcome them?

I have to say that I have been very lucky with injuries, I really haven’t picked one serious injury up yet, touch wood. So I’ve really been very lucky in that way.

Q. What are the biggest challenges you face as a professional sportswomen? I know that you are one of the contracted Women’s Sevens players.

I think that we are very privileged to actually be there at Stellenbosch Academy of Sport. We actually do everything there, gym there, train there every single day. So our challenges isn’t really something because they do everything for us and everything is there for us so there aren’t really any challenges there.

Eloise Webb

Q. Who do you look up to as a woman and why?

I definitely look up to my mom. I think she’s the strongest person I’ve ever known. And I really would like to be like her when I grow up some day. So I have to say I look up to my mom.

Q. What would you like to achieve in the coming year as an individual? And what would you like the team to achieve?

For myself, I really just want to enjoy this opportunity. You don’t get it every day. And for the team, it’s a big thing for us as a team to qualify for the World Cup, but I think to take it game by game, not get ahead of ourselves.

Q. What is your favourite quote?

Philippians 4, verse 13: “You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.” I think that has always stuck with me through everything.

 

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