Cape Town - Former Springbok captain Corné Krige has been named the latest Laureus Sport
for Good Foundation ambassador joining an illustrious list of sports icons who
are part of the Laureus family.
The announcement was made on Wednesday during a special Laureus surfing themed road show at the new
Laureus-funded Waves for Change project in East London.
Krige made his Western
Province debut in 1996 and eventually went on to captain the side, leading the
team to back-to-back Currie Cup titles in 2000 and 2001. He was clearly a
man destined to lead, as he captained his high school First XV, every single WP
representative side from Under-13 to senior level, as well as the Stormers and
finally the pinnacle of his career, the Springboks.
Courageous’ for his ability to play on despite looking like he’d just walked
off a battlefield, Krige's Test debut came in 1999 after recovering from
career-threatening knee and hand injuries. He captained the Springboks on his
test debut in a 101-0 victory over Italy in Durban. Krige appeared in 39 Tests
for South Africa, became the full-time captain in 2002 and captained the Boks
18 times in all, before his international retirement in January 2004.
Chairperson of the Laureus
Sport for Good Foundation SA, Morné du Plessis, said: “We are really excited to
welcome Corné to the Laureus stable. Corné showcases the characteristics of a
true sportsman both on and off the field, which is what we at Laureus aim to
teach in communities across South Africa. He a leader through and through
and I am certain that his knowledge and leadership traits will be a valuable
asset not only to Laureus but to the youth that we strive to uplift on a daily
basis. Welcome, Corné, we look forward to a long and promising partnership!”
“It’s a massive honour for
me to join the Laureus family. I look forward to assisting them in the great
work they do to uplift the youth in South Africa and around the world. I am
truly humbled that they have chosen me to join such an illustrious group of
ambassadors,” said an elated Krige.
Krige joins a remarkable
list of current and former sportsmen and women around the world who support and
promote the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
their time to work for the Foundation whose mission is to use sport as a means
to combat some of the world’s toughest social challenges facing young people
today, such as juvenile crime, gangs, HIV/AIDS, discrimination, social
exclusion, lack of education, landmine awareness and health problems such as
Since its inception,
Laureus has raised over €100 million for projects which have helped to improve
the lives of millions of young people.