Last updated on Jan 19th, 2021 at 12:48 pm
While many are mourning the passing of rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen, others are celebrating his life – one which was fought with the courage of a champ right up until his last breath
Praised as one of rugby’s greatest scrum-halfs, Joost was an inspiration for young and old, on and off the pitch.
And despite the media hype of his personal life, Joost always maintained his respect and dignity. “What defines us is how we rise after falling”, was one of the inspirational quotes posted on the official Facebook page.
And even though the world watched with helplessness as the former Springbok captain’s health rapidly deteriorate after his 2011 Motor Neuron Disease (MND) diagnosis, Joost proved that the wheelchair was no prison for him.
Through his charity endeavour, the J9 Foundation, Joost made it his life’s mission to promote awareness about MND and drive campaigns to support the quality of life of victims of the disease.
So while it is with great sadness that we remember one of SA’s biggest sporting stars, we, like many others belive Joost is now at peace and no longer in pain.
RIP: Take a look at Joost’s life through the years …
Below: 1995 – Joost helps the Springboks win the World Cup
Joost is famously known as the player who successfully tackled All Black star Jona Lomu.
Joost later retired to take up sports commentary amongst other things
He is South Africa’s record cap holder.