More than 140 injuries were sustained during the Rugby World Cup’s 45 matches in 2019. Athletes expose themselves to a much higher risk of getting injured than the average couch potato. This is where Ken Kabongo comes in. At the age of 25, Kabongo opened a physiotherapy practice in Cape Town. Last year, he was chosen as the physiotherapist for the team representing South Africa School at the U18 International Rugby Series. He counts this among his proudest moments.
“Representing South Africa on the world stage is always a huge honour and humbling experience,” Kabongo says. “Nothing can beat wearing the green and gold to sing the national anthem.”
He is also a physiotherapist for a number of South African teams, including Ajax Cape Town.
He was recently appointed as a clinical educator at the University of Cape Town. This, he says, has allowed him to mentor the next generation of physiotherapists.
“I am hoping that my story can be a catalyst for many more youngsters seeking to enter the profession; to be encouraged and motivated to continue working hard,” he says. “It’s a long journey. But it is a fruitful one.”
Hard work pays off. Kabongo says a strong work ethic is the first step. “My success did not just come. I had to work hard and I continue to put in the long yards to achieve success, not only in my professional but in my personal life too.”