Tristin Parsons blew away some of South Africa’s top rugby coaches during an Investec International Rugby Academy course at St Charles College last week.
The Margate youngster was one of 22 players who attended the four-day intermediate players course where he worked on his skills under the expert tutelage of ex-professional players and coaches Braam van Straaten, Greg Miller, Paul Anthony, Ian MacDonald, Greig Wegerle, Ruan Fourie, Marius Hurter, Brent Russell, Ryno Combrinck, Hentie Maartens, Nico Breedt and Wayne Munn.
Tristin, who has Symbrachydactyly – a congenital abnormality of the hand – was invited to the camp after the renowned academy learned about the young scrumhalf in a recent article on eHowzit and left the elite coaches in awe with his work ethic and impressive skillset.
A beaming Tristin said it was an unforgettable experience. “I loved every second of the camp,” the Suid-Natal Primary grade six learner told eHowzit.
“I enjoyed the passing technique training the most. It was very cool and exciting to meet and learn from the coaches. That was the highlight of the camp for me. Every boy should join this training camp if they are serious about rugby.”