Tiger’s Captain, Kudakwashe Ndoro, talks to SSN. Ndoro talks about his selection as the DHL player of the tournament at this year’s Dairibord Schools Rugby Festival over hundreds of other potentials. He sheds light on what it takes to be a winner, and shares with us his other achievements, goals and secrets to success.
SSN: Who is Kudakwashe Ndoro?
Kudakwahse: Born in Masvingo on the 27th of October 1996, I was raised by both parents. I went to Rydings Primary School and now I am at Prince Edward School. I am the Deputy Head boy and rugby captain, not to mention the rest!
SSN: I am sure the readers would love to know the rest!
Kudakwashe: Well I am also the Youth Against AIDS president and Captain of the Shooting club. I am the Head of House as well as a key member of many other clubs.
SSN: Those are a lot of responsibilities. How do you balance it all, as well as being in your last year of high school?
Kudakwashe: I would be lying if I said it was easy. It requires extra hours and aiming to go that extra mile in everything you do. Over time you get used to the challenge.
SSN: With all those responsibilities on your plate, why did you pick rugby?
Kudakwashe: I started playing rugby when I was 9 years old. I used to be more of a track athlete but instead of becoming a “Jack of all trades and master of none”, I dropped everything else to master rugby. When I came to Prince Edward, to my surprise, I couldn’t make the A team. Not even the B team. I played for the C team. This motivated me to break a sweat and work hard to improve. This is why I fell in love with the sport. I also believe it pays.
SSN: It does pay. So does that mean you will continue on the Rugby field after high school?
Kudakwashe: Hopefully. But I want to back it up with good grades as well because I am looking to play Varsity Rugby.
SSN: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Kudakwashe: I want to be a rugby playing lawyer. I call it a Rugby Lawyer.
SSN: What is your biggest achievement to date?
Kudakwashe: Winning the Player of the Tournament award at the Dairibord Rugby Festival. Winning a Bronze medal at the All Africa Youth Games last year (2014) in Sevens Rugby is a close second. However I do not take any of my smaller achievements lightly.
SSN: What are these “smaller achievements”?
Kudakwashe: Certificates and trophies in Athletics, winning inter-house events, being awarded prizes and Colors in rugby. They all keep me going.
SSN: You won the DHL award to go watch the Stormers play in South Africa. Which team do you actually support?
Kudakwashe: Definitely the Brumbies.
SSN: In a word, how would you describe Kudakwashe Ndoro?
Kudakwashe: Dynamic. Because I can fit into any situation.
SSN: What sets you apart from other high school rugby players in Zimbabwe?
Kudakwashe: Well I am a very quick and patient player. I do not rush things and I am more of a smart worker than a hard worker. I also perfect the little things that win teams games.
SSN: As a rugby player, who do you look up to?
Kudakwashe: Believe it or not, Kanye West. I feel that if you want to succeed in whatever you do you shouldn’t care about what people say. Just follow your ego to achieve what you want. I also try to model Reed as he plays how I want to play.
SSN: This is our signature question, what is your take on discipline in student athletes?
Kudakwashe: I can’t talk much about that because I am not entirely sure but I do know that Zimbabwe doesn’t have much of a problem there. Our main disciplinary problem is our failure to balance between academics and sport.