Mukesh’s Story

Home 5 News 5 Mukesh’s Story

I am Mukesh. I am 17 years-old and in class 12. At home I have one younger brother and my mum. Mum looks after us and works as a house cleaner in local apartments.

When I was younger, I didn’t have so many friends to play with. Nobody wanted to play with a fat guy who didn’t even run properly. My routine was school to home. I always wanted to play sport. I used to watch football and other sports as well.

One day I saw lot children wearing the same T-shirt and it was looking good – Khelo Rugby was written on it. I asked one of the boys from my area where he got this T-shirt. He said one person comes to train us every week. I went and saw a lot of children playing with this egg-shaped ball, it was very interesting to watch and I wanted to play as well.

As soon as I joined I was welcomed, I felt anyone could play rugby if you are fat, tall, thin, short – it doesn’t matter and you can still play. That was a big turning moment for me to show what can I do and how capable I am. Khelo Rugby has helped me to build my confidence, as well as learning a new sport, I now help lots of other children in my locality.

Now I am a Young Leader in Khelo Rugby. I have also got the chance to do an internship with Decathlon, which helps me a lot. I look after my community children, encouraging more and more children to be part of our amazing organisation and sport. What I have got I want to share with others and give them opportunity to do better in life.

More News & Stories

Atlas Asia launch their Mixed Ability Rugby programme!

Atlas Asia launch their Mixed Ability Rugby programme!

Following the successful pilot in 2022, we have continued our focus in Singapore on support for children with intellectual and physical disabilities. The Mixed Ability Rugby concept brings the joys and benefits of team sport to children who otherwise are not included.

read more
Tiarisha’s Story

Tiarisha’s Story

Tiarisha Maritz was born in one of the poorest communities in Gauteng, Reiger Park, where many children grow up in poverty and without an education, and girls face severe gender inequality and violence. With the continued support of GWRI, she has been able to attend University, and hopes to one day play as a Springbok!

read more
Esther’s Story

Esther’s Story

On International Day for Sport for Development and Peace we are celebrating Esther at Bhubesi Pride Foundation who is helping girls in Malawi overcome the challenges of menstrual poverty. Read Esther’s Story to learn how BPF supports girls like Esther through sport and education.

read more