Re: The Gabriela Sabatini Thread!
"You must continue to work hard and become better at what you do every day." - Gabriela Sabatini
Simple words that she seems to live by and that have served her well.
13 Mar 2010
Sabatini and Porta share their sporting prowess
TWO ARGENTINIAN sporting legends, former rugby player Hugo Porta and tennis champion Gabriela Sabatini, who are riding this year’s Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, have praised local coaches in Khayelitsha who are using sport as a positive distraction for township children.
PICTURE: MATHIEU DANOIS BALL SENSE: Retired Argentinian tennis star Gabriela Sabatini plays netball with children of Vuselela Primary in Khayelitsha as part of the Future Champs project, supported by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
Yesterday, Porta and Sabatini visited the Vuselela Primary School where they spent the afternoon playing rugby and netball with children from the Future Champs project.
The project is one of many global drives supported by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation which aims to promote sport among young people from disadvantaged areas.
Both sporting legends are in the city to ride in the Cycle Tour, but said visiting “inspirational” projects around the city was also part of their visit.
Porto is a member of the Laureus Academy which is supported by many for mer award-winning sports stars. Sabatini said she joined her friend Porta who was full of praise for Cape Town.
She told a crowd of children at the school yesterday: “I am so happy to be here and to show my support and to meet you all. You must continue to work hard and become better at what you do every day.”
Before kicking off her sandals to join the girls for a game of netball, she told Weekend Argus: “I really loved the idea of coming out here to meet the kids at this school. I think what Laureus is doing to help the kids is amazing. These kids are in need of a lot and it’s great that people are giving them opportunity through sport.”
This is Sabatini’s second visit to Cape Town – she was in the city in the 1990s to shoot a commercial.
This time she grabbed the chance to visit the city and ride in the Tour.
“Hugo did it a few times and he was telling me what a great race it is. I really loved it here and thought it would be a good idea to come again.”
Porta, who showed the boys that he could still perform a good tackle, spent a few minutes playing rugby with them.
Porta will be riding his sixth Cycle Tour. “I always have a lot of fun and enjoy meeting friends here and doing work for the Laureus Academy. That’s my main goal when I’m here.”
Last edited by Jooly; Mar 19th, 2010 at 08:13 AM.