Former Bok opens up about the realities of adjusting to life after stardom

Earlier this year the death of former Australian rugby player, 37-year-old South African-born Dan Vickerman, shocked the rugby community. It was found Vickerman suffered from depression.

He had been struggling to revert back to ordinary civilian life after a career in the spotlight.

A helpline was launched over this past weekend for the rugby fraternity and staffed by mental health professionals.

One of the groups involved is the South African Rugby Legends Association and CEO and former Springbok Stefan Terblanche speaks to John Maytham about the journey of life post sports stardom.

He says his own transition was both positive and negative.

I was fortunate to end my career on my terms and I was fortunate to play for a very long time without injury. But even with that, going straight into work and a job, there were still difficulties at times to 'normal life'.

Stefan Terblanche, Sarla CEO and former Springbok

He says the life of a professional sports player is very regimented and everything is structured for you. Then to transition to the 'civilian' world and find a way to earn a living is challenging.

He agrees that there should be time spent educating players on how to cope with life after their full-time sports careers end.

Life after rugby is a whole lot longer than life in rugby.

Stefan Terblanche, Sarla CEO and former Springbok

Take a listen:


This article first appeared on 702 : Former Bok opens up about the realities of adjusting to life after stardom


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
'Even if Sarb was nationalised, govt can't change its mandate'

'Even if Sarb was nationalised, govt can't change its mandate'

EFF leader Julius Malema has introduced a bill to nationalise the South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) in Parliament this week.

New radio telescope launched in SA to solve 'dark energy' puzzle

New radio telescope launched in SA to solve 'dark energy' puzzle

The multimillion-rand apparatus will be based at the site of the MeerKAT radio telescope array in the Northern Cape.

 DHET appoints a new NSFAS administrator

DHET appoints a new NSFAS administrator

Minister Naledi Pandor and DA's Belinda Bozzoli take a look at the new administrator's role in the student funding scheme.

John Maytham's Books: A stylish thriller and a man who moonlights as a superhero

John Maytham's Books: A stylish thriller and a man who moonlights as a superhero

John's 3 book picks for the week.

You will soon be able to book your learner and driving licence test online

You will soon be able to book your learner and driving licence test online

The online RTMC system has been created in a bid to put an end to corruption at licensing departments, among other reasons.

WC top cop has six months to tackle police shortages

WC top cop has six months to tackle police shortages

A report by the Public Service Commission found that 85% of police stations in the Western Cape are understaffed.

Popular articles
'The Suzuki Dzire is the perfect day-to-day runaround car' - Jacob Moshokoa

'The Suzuki Dzire is the perfect day-to-day runaround car' - Jacob Moshokoa

In the car feature, automotive journalist Jacob Moshokoa chats about his experience driving around with the Suzuki Dzire.

[LISTEN] Codeine addiction and abuse

[LISTEN] Codeine addiction and abuse

Member of the SASOP, Dr Eugene Allers chats about the causes behind addiction to over the counter medication.

Signs your jealousy may be getting unhealthy

Signs your jealousy may be getting unhealthy

Managing jealousy has become increasingly important, particularly with the evolving structure of modern relationships says Dr Eve.

Survivor winner Tom Swartz vows to buy his wife 'new boobies and a family house'

Survivor winner Tom Swartz vows to buy his wife 'new boobies and a family house'

Swartz says he would have done anything to get the R1 million prize money.

'There is no way Magnus Malan could've done the things he is accused of'

'There is no way Magnus Malan could've done the things he is accused of'

Former police minister Adriaan Vlok has rejected accusations that former minister Malan was at the centre of a paedophile ring.