Fleet-footed Warrick Gelant has undoubtedly made his presence known in South African rugby. The fullback’s sidestepping prowess, ability to break the line, and placing himself as a constant threat in placing the opposition on the backfoot has cemented his status as one of the best the country has to offer.
Warrick began showcasing his skills as early as U-13 levels, having represented South West Districts through to the U-18 Craven Week competition. His skills were duly rewarded at the tender age of 17, when Warrick caught the eyes of national selectors, first representing the country as part of the South African Schools team. He again represented South Africa in 2014 as part of the U-20 squad in the 2014 IRB Junior World Championships, before heeding the call to join the South Africa Sevens side for the 2014-15 Sevens World Series campaign.
Determined to progress his career in the sport, Warrick relocated to Pretoria, joining the Blue Bulls squad. The skills and character shown while representing the franchise earned him a spot in the starting line-up for the coveted Super Rugby competition where he again caught the attention of the national setup. Having since represented the Springboks on a number of occasions, Warrick will surely be a contender for inclusion into the 2019 Rugby World Cup squad, and beyond.
As a contender in the Fans’ Choice category of this year’s BrightRock Players Choice Awards, Warrick’s charity of choice is The Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children (SBCWC), a hub for women and children who are survivors of abuse – be it domestic abuse or sexual violence. The organisation provides a number of services to women and children in need, including a 24-hour emergency shelter, short- and medium-term residential care, counselling, legal advice, and job skills training.
BrightRock has joined MyPlayers for the second year in honouring South Africa’s top rugby talent. The awards – held by the players, for the players – are the only accolades of their kind in the country, and are designed by the players themselves to recognise their peers, both on and off the rugby field. Apart from the six categories voted for by the players, there’s also the coveted Fans’ Choice Award that provides fans with the ultimate platform to recognise South Africa’s favourite rugby player. More details are available on the awards’ Facebook page.
To vote for Warrick, visit https://bit.ly/2ORB2kK and help him take home the Fans’ Choice Award as well as winning R50 000 for his charity.