Natasha Hoffmeester is still on cloud nine a week after winning the British Airways Women’s Rugby Player of the Year Award, at a gala dinner in Sandton last week.
The Boland women’s rugby captain, Springbok wing, and National Sevens player said she was overwhelmed by the reception she received as she walked to the stage to receive her award at the ABSA SA Rugby Player of the Year Awards banquet, which was also attended by the IRB Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks.
"I felt amazing. I was honoured to be there and really happy to get the award. The moment I got there I realised that it isn’t just another award, this is something more. To me it felt like my hard work did play off."
Hofmeester, who lives in Worcester, and works as a fitness consultant at a local gym, is busy with off season training after captaining her Boland team to the semifinals of the women’s provincial league, which she says is progressing well.
"Provincially, we are doing pretty well. Teams have a lot of depth, and I think we are getting there. With more support from the government and SA Rugby, we can only improve."
Hofmeester, who was voted player of the tournament at the Kampala Seven’s tournament held in Uganda in June this year, says her favourite form of rugby is the Sevens game because "as a winger there is more space to play with and its more open".
So, who is her favourite rugby player? "It would have to be Brian Habana, because we play the same type of game."