Celebrations are continuing for Siya Kolisi after he guided South Africa to World Cup glory in November, with the skipper’s latest award coming when he was named Champion of the Year at the Peace and Sport Awards in Monaco.
The 28-year-old also joined the Champions for Peace club, which has former France internationals such as Serge Betsen, Sebastien Chabal, Imanol Harinordoquy and many other global sports stars amongst its membership.
The organisation said on Instagram it was “honoured to work with such an amazing athlete and human being and welcome him as a Champion for Peace”.
Peace and Sport also shared what Kolisi had to say after receiving the award. He said: “Joining the club is amazing, it’s a great honour and a privilege for me.
“It’s good to see that Peace and Sport recognizes those who use their voices to help others and to see the organisation also works off the field and inspires people to do more. Because we are not only athletes, we can do a lot also off the field.”
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WELCOME, CHAMP! ? – #Rugby star @siya_kolisi_the_bear won the Peace and Sport Champion of the Year Award. We’re honored to work with such an amazing athlete and human being and welcome him as a #ChampionforPeace during the 10th anniversary of the club. "Joining the club is amazing, it's a great honour and a privilege for me. It’s good to see that Peace and Sport recognizes those who use their voices to help others and to see the organization also works off the field and inspires people to do more. Because we are not only athletes, we can do a lot also off the field. » ? @julien_ferriol @olivierhillphotos
The flanker took to Instagram himself after the ceremony on Thursday to thank those that have supported him. He said: “As much as I love playing this game, inspiring the youth and impacting the community is of equal importance. Through sport, we can truly change society.”
This is once again an insight into the impact that the Springboks’ victory at the RWC in Japan has had. The significance of Kolisi being his country’s first black captain and his story of growing up in a township has now been well publicised now.
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Honored to be named Champion of the Year by @peaceandsport & grateful for all those who supported me. As much as I love playing this game, inspiring the youth & impacting the community is of equal importance. Through sport we can truly change society. Thank you ?? #peaceandsport #ChampionsofPeace
However, the fact he has triumphed in a shortlist containing Carli Lloyd, Marin Cilic and Eric Abidal, each with powerful stories of their own, shows the global influence of lifting the Webb Ellis Cup.
This award comes after Kolisi signed for Roc Nation Sports International in what has been a hectic few weeks following his exploits in Japan.
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