Today meet Fresh & Hungry for his Rugby, young 18 year old sports hero Hacjivah Dayimani . He is hardworking, dedicated and a focussed young man who grinds many long hours to sharpen his academic and sports skills. This is key to long term success for all our young athletes. Hacjivah is proudly a Jeppe High School student. He was originally inspired to play rugby when he saw Bryan Habana score a try with a brilliant dive, at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Interesting how one World Cup or Olympic Games can inspire an entire generation of young and up-coming athletes to go out and fight their own fight as they strive for themselves to be world changers and history makers in their own rights!
Athlete: Bio / Stats
|Name & Surname||Hacjivah Dayimani|
|Date of birth||1997/09/23|
|Place of birth||Cape Town|
|Club||Golden Lions u18|
|Coach’s Name||Janse van der Rhyst|
|Secondary Sport/ sports||Athletics|
|Favorite City||Cape Town|
|Favorite Song/ type of music||Davido Fans MI|
|Favorite Movie||Now You See Me|
|School & Grade||Jeppe High School for Boys Grade 11|
|Twitter and Instagram, Facebook||Instagram: Itzhim-Hacjivah
Facebook: Hacjivah Dayimani
|Very briefly describe yourself as a person.||Outgoing ,talkative, joker and always smiling|
Q: You are passionate and doing so well in your Rugby tell me a little bit about how you started in Rugby and your journey in the Rugby arena up to now?
It all started in 2005 when my Mom sent me to go live with my Grandma in the Eastern Cape. There was only one school that had English but unfortunately didn’t have soccer so I ended up going there because I had no choice. As time went by I joined the rugby team because of the 2007 World cup when Bryan Habana scored that try and to be honest I only did it because I wanted to dive like him when he scored a try.
Q: What is the highest accolade that you have achieved in Rugby and what is your greatest personal accomplishment?
I would say representing my country at the SA Schools and going with the sevens to Samoa for the Commonwealth Games this year.
Q: Do you have any specific regimens or rituals in rugby that can be partially attributed to your success?
Nah, not really I feel maybe having a close connection with God has a big impact in my career.
Q: You have just represented Team SA for Rugby in Samoa at the Youth Commonwealth Games. The team did brilliant, bringing back the Gold Medal, wow and congrats!! What are your observations about this games / lessons learned?
Well, I have learned a lot of things like if you do the small things right then all the big things will take care of itself and that HARD WORK DOES PAY OFF.
Q: How do you manage to fit in both sports and academics into your schedule?
It’s very difficult so I get help from my guardian to help me make a schedule and try to get as much information from my educators about the work then, off days I go to extra classes for my different subjects.
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Q: Beside your rugby what do you have a passion for?
Athletics and basketball. During off season I train for athletics which also help me with my rugby and practice handling skills at basketball which also helps with handling in rugby.
Q: Tell me one thing about yourself that the world does not know?
I am Jewish.
Q: Would you like to share a little bit more about your faith journey and how it has affected your life and your sports?
It was a struggle at first because my Dad told me that I can’t play rugby games on Saturdays because of my religion but as time went I asked myself why would God give me talent if He did not want me to use it. So I played the sport I love and every day before my game I pray that God guides me as He wishes. I think God has a big role in my sports because without praying I feel empty, and today my Dad is proud of me.
Q: What do you do to relax?
I go to gym that’s my form of relaxation. I can’t really relax because when I stop training my competition gets the edge on me and might be better than me.
Q: Which athlete/ athletes inspire you?
Q: What is your personal favourite motivational quote?
“The wolf on the hill is not as hungry as the wolf climbing the hill”.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Hacjivah, never worry about what people say behind your back because there’s a reason they behind your back.
Q: When you’ve had a tough / bad day, what lifts you up again?
I just call my friend Adam Zanempi and Nolo Naka and ask them to come visit me.
Q: I’m sure you have many things going on right now, what’s to be expected next from you?
I have big plans for 2016. I’m training hard so that I could be involve with the SA u20 and Lions u19 Currie Cup and I pray every day for those dreams to come true.
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Thank you so much for taking this interview. We would like to wish you all the best for your journey ahead. We look forward to following you as you go from strength to strength. Blessings!