Cheslin Kolbe and Wayde van Niekerk are products of their proud parents

Cheslin Kolbe and Wayde van Niekerk are products of their proud parents

- It takes more than talent to be successful

- The sacrifices of athletes friends and families are just as necessary to help them succeed

- Cheslin Kolbe and Wayde van Niekerk's parents knew that value of sport and instilled these in their kids

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It is not often that two young men, who are related, achieve such success at different sports disciplines as Cheslin Kolbe and Wayde van Niekerk.

They both grew up Kraaifontein and experienced apartheid as children and went to state primary schools and were both natural athletes.

Briefly.co.za learned that Wayde succeeded in qualifying for the Olympics and become a world champion, while Cheslin won an Olympic Bronze for sevens rugby before winning gold at the Rugby World cup.

The secret to their success is their parents who saw the value in sports and were active themselves in different disciplines according to iol.co.za.

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Cheslin's dad played rugby and Wayde's mom took part in athletics and both were selected for national teams and represented an oppressed segment of the population during Apartheid.

Their parents could have chosen to boycott apartheid sport until they could represent a democratic South Africa. They chose to stick with it and use sport as a tool against apartheid and they played non-racial sport.

Today the two, star athletes are able to represent all people in a democratic South Africa and it is thanks to the sacrifices that their parents made and the values that they instilled in their children that ultimately made them who they are today - champions.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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