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Young sports physio making his mark

KEN KABONGO tells RugbyRocks.com about working with SA Schools A, his physiotherapy practice and being selected for the Mail & Guardian's 200 Young South Africans in 2020.

I'm a sports enthusiast and rugby is my passion. I played the game until fracturing my ankle at the age of 23 in 2018.

I enjoy helping people, so I chose to become a physiotherapist. It's also a way for me to be involved in sport and give back.

As a physiotherapist, I was involved in schools rugby and senior rugby with the Boland Kavaliers, before being appointed to the SA Schools A management team.

Things fell into place for me at the right time and it was a culmination of all the hard work I had put in.

It was a huge honour to be part of the SA Schools A management team during last year's U18 International Series. I still get goosebumps when I think about it.

My proudest moment was singing the national anthem before our first match against France U18. There's no better feeling than doing so while standing shoulder-to-shoulder with your colleagues.

I was really sad when this year's U18 International Series was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

I'm lucky enough to have my own physiotherapy practice, Waterfront Physiotherapy Clinic, which is at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.  

I enjoy helping to improve people’s quality of life, relieve their pain, educate them about their pain, rehabilitate injuries, and implement strength and conditioning programmes.

I was recently appointed as a clinical educator at the University of Cape Town, which I saw as a natural progression in my career. 

It enables me to share the knowledge I have acquired so far with the next generation of young physiotherapists and be a role model. 

It's a huge honour to be selected for the Mail & Guardian's 200 Young South Africans in 2020, in the health category.

It's great that all the hard work I have put in over the past five years has been recognised and I hope it inspires other young people to follow their dreams.

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