Today I am much encouraged by the hard word, resilience and determination of Young Judoka – Mosa Thetsane. He is determined to influence our youth to stay off the streets and away from drug abuse and lost lives by committing themselves to sport. He is just back from the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas were he proudly represented our beautiful nation.
He says about himself “I would say I’m a very quiet, honest, and sometimes shy person. I am one that always smiles and laughs. My dream is to see myself competing in the biggest competitions like World Championships and Olympic Games. I would also like to attend the training camps in different countries, in order to gain experience”.
Athlete: Bio / Stats
|Name & Surname||Mosa Thetsane|
|Date of birth||06 March 2000|
|Place of birth||Bloemfontein,Free State|
|Coach’s Name||Preston Davids|
|Out of Country events/ meets||Region 5 Games in Angola, under 20years-Under 55kg: 3rd place; African Championships Cadets – Egypt 2017 (under 18 years) and Juniors (under 21years): Cadets-2nd place and Juniors-5th place,
Youth Commonwealth Games in Bahamas (under 20years ):under 60kg-3rd place
|Secondary Sport/ sports||Soccer|
|Favorite Song/ type of music||Jezebel by Sade (R&B music)|
|Favorite Movie||Fist fight and Grown ups|
|School & Grade||St Bernard’s high school,Grade 11|
|Twitter and Instagram names, facebook name||Facebook name (Mosa Thetsane) and Instagram(thetsanemosa)|
|Community / church projects involved in||Bloemanda,Tau street and church(St Mark Catholic church)|
|Parents Names, siblings||Father: Paul Thetsane,Mother Nthabiseng Martina Thetsane,brother: Lehlohonolo Thetsane and sister: Mathetsane Thetsane|
Q: Firstly – you were proudly part of team SA recently at the Commonwealth Youth Games. Congrats! How did you experience it? Lessons learned?
At first I found it hard but, I have managed to cope and adapted to the stunning lifestyle of the Bahamas with it’s great and wonderful weather. The lessons I learned is to never stop until you obtain what’s best for you, and never to underestimate yourself and your fellow opponents.
Q: You are passionate and doing so well in your Athletics tell me a little bit about how you started in Athletics and your journey in the Athletics arena up to now?
At the age of 11 years as a little boy, I started Judo in 2011 at St Mary’s Primary School in Bloemfontein in the Free State. My first Judo mentor and subject teacher was Esme Joan Redpath. Earlier in 2013 I joined the FSSSI Gym (Free State Sports Science Institute). My journey was one of the hardest and most challenging but yet so enjoyable with wonderful memories!
Q: Who are you?
I would say I’m a very quiet, honest, and sometimes shy person. I am one that always smiles and laughs. My dream is to see myself competing in the biggest competitions like World Championships and Olympic Games. I would also like to attend the training camps in different countries, in order to gain experience.
Q: Share about your sporting journey so far?
I had it tough in Egypt at the African Championships Cadets 2017. But still managed to win Silver for the under 18 years (under 55kg), and for the under 21 years (under 55kg) where I obtained 5th place). So actually it did affect my life/sports because somehow I have seen that I have the potential to be the best and never underestimate my fellow opponents.
Q: So, you are a brilliant sports Person – but name 1 thing that you suck at J
Q: Favourite food and who must cook it ?
Pasta, beef meat ,cheese burger and pizza. My mother shall cook or buy them ?
Q: What is your favourite Bible / Scripture quote?
Roman 10:2-4 (It says “don’t impress God with your moral efforts”)
Q: What is your definition of success in life?
Never stop believing in the great things, fighting for the best, keep sweating for your hard work and efforts you put in.
Q: What’s your WHY ? Why do you do what you do?
I would like to say to our youth – to never stop believing in their dreams, no matter how good or bad situations are!! And choosing the right path instead of going for the wrong things like the use of drug substances, because it may lead to pregnancy and death of our young brothers and sisters.
WHY, the reason why I do what I do is because it has benefits for me, in a way that it keeps me away from the bad things like the use of drug substances and joining the gangs. I would say I may be a quite a good influence on my nation’s youth, and I am striving to set an example and being a role model to the youth by mentoring. I would like to mentor them do more and to never stop achieving what’s best for them.
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!