Global Debutant Onkutlwile Ratlou: I am a Sponsor’s Dream

Rising gymnast, Onkutlwile Ratlou, is calling for sponsorships as she embarks on a journey to represent South Africa in Europe and USA this year. Photo: Supplied

My name is Onkutlwile Ratlou, I’m 13 years old and I was born on the 22nd of August 2008, I stay in Hartbeespoortdam in the North West Province and go to school at Crawford College Lonehill.

I am part of University of Pretoria (TUKS) High Performance Centre where I do gymnastics. I’m a dancer and also do acrosport at Natasha Academy.

My love for sport began at the age of 4. At 7, I joined a club doing both Rhythmic and Artistic gymnastics.

Since I’ve started, I’ve obtained National colours for both disciplines. Unfortunately, I had to choose between the two because they both need time and dedication, so I chose to focus fully on artistic gymnastics.

I chose gymnastics because I’ve always had a passion for it. I used to watch it all the time on TV and it was the only sport that caught my attention.

Olympic gymnast, Simone Biles is my biggest inspiration. She started in the sport at the age of 6, that means she was a late bloomer and so was I.

I have Level 3 and 4 national colours for rhythmic gymnastics, Level 1 to 4 for artistic gymnastics and with acrosport, which I only started last year (2021), I jumped to Level 5 and received first place overall nationally.

Globally, I will be touring Europe in April for acrosport and United States in July for dance.

Financially, my mom is busy with applications for funding from her fellow business associates, however I need additional funding.

Being at the top of my game at a young age and representing South Africa at international events such as the Olympic Games is my greatest ambition.

I believe having sponsors will assist me to focus on achieving my goals, instead of having to worry about finances and how I will attend different tours.

I look forward to flying the South African flag high!

 

Photo 1 Caption: Rising gymnast, Onkutlwile Ratlou, is calling for sponsorships as she embarks on a journey to represent South Africa in Europe and USA this year. Photo: Supplied

 

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