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Sitting Down with Free State Cheetahs’ Clayton Blommetjies

The Cheetahs star talks Bloem, milestones in his career, and inspiring the younger generation.

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With an infectious smile and trademark dreads, Clayton Blommetjies has been a household name in the rugby scene for many years, one of which Bloem has been happy to host, as he applies his trade at the Free State Cheetahs.

But beyond the stadium, the training field and the on-field side-stepping, stands a man who puts family above anything else and takes pride in being able to make a difference in the lives of others.

Born in Paarl, Clayton proudly set his sights on the City of Roses where he has firms laid down his roots and found a place he can call “home”.

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We caught up with the man behind the ball to see what makes him tick:

What makes Bloemfontein “home”?

Clayton Blommetjies: Home is where the heart is. My family is based in Bloemfontein and that is what makes Bloem home.

What do you enjoy most about living in the “city of roses”?

CB: The city definitely has a rich history, there is a lot to see and experience in the Free State, however, during rugby season it is not always possible to enjoy what the City of Roses has to offer as my schedule is pretty busy.

The people of Bloem are amazing, being a boy from Paarl, I had never thought that I would receive so much warmth, love and acceptance in the city as a player. I really enjoy the energy of the people, on and off the field — their support is amazing.

You’re planning a wedding — how is that going, and when is the big day?

CB: With the Covid-19 restrictions, wedding planning has been delayed for some time, however, if things go according to plan, my fiancée and I will tie the knot before the end of this year.

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Let’s chat Rugby. What are your goals for the 2022 season?

CB: I always approach a new season with short term goals which I apply going into each match, as I believe that each match will eventually determine the outcome of a season. I wish to enjoy each moment of every opportunity that I get to play for the Cheetahs. The current obvious goal would be based on the Currie Cup, and to improve on the team’s performance of the previous season, and to, hopefully, reach the playoffs and win the tournament.

You have been committed to the Cheetahs for quite some time. What is one of your fondest memories playing for the Cheetahs?

CB: So many… But, the two Currie Cup finals played and won by the team in 2019 and 2016 are definitely some of my fondest memories with the team.

Who has played an important role in your rugby career and why?

CB: My Father — he was always supportive of my career, on and off the field. My entire family for that matter has been supportive; each in their own respective capacity (being my fiancée, mother and extended family).

You are known for your trademark hair and your big infectious smile. What word best describes you as a person and why?

CB: People’s person — I love being around people, just enjoying what each unique character has to offer.

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Looking back on your successful rugby career, what one career highlight stands out to you as a special one?

CB: Playing my 100th game for the team is a special career highlight that not many people get to reach, so it is one that I sincerely and wholeheartedly cherish.

What words of advice would you give to the younger generation who look to sports as a way of escape and enjoyment?

CB: Following your dreams has been one of my mottos since day one. But I am also a firm believer in the fact that you can achieve whatever you put your mind to if you work hard and never give up.

What can we expect from Clayton Blommetjies going forward?

CB: If it is God’s will, I wish to enjoy playing rugby for a few more years. I am committed to my family and wish to, off the field, spend more quality time with my loved ones.

I also wish to, by way of the platform to my avail (rugby), influence the youngsters out there and show that your background does not determine your future. If you work hard and put your mind to it, all things are possible.

Follow Clayton’s Journey on Instagram and Facebook.

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