A few months back, we did a story about former Sharks under 19 winger Emil Schwarz, who suffered an horrific knee injury in a club game two years ago and has been working incredibly hard, despite some serious odds, to get himself back onto the field.
Emil suffered a setback shortly after we did that interview, though, with a knee specialist advising, after an MRI scan in November, that it would be in his best interests to give up rugby. Those who followed the story at the time will recall that the nature of the injury was so severe that Emil was lucky even to retain full use of his leg; a return to professional rugby was always going to be a big ask, despite encouraging early signs.
While he acknowledges that the news came as a big blow, Emil is never one to sit around moping and the mental strength (and strength of character) that it took to come back from the injury in the first place seem deeply engrained in his psyche. As with many young men with a natural gift for ball sports, Emil has always been a very promising golfer and it’s this other game, with it’s far smaller and more uniformly-shaped ball, that looks set to profit from rugby’s loss.
Emil has confirmed that he’s enrolled for a 3-year course at the Centurion Academy in Pretoria and is hugely excited at the prospect embarking on a new career as a professional golfer, if he can make the grade. “One door closes and another one opens,” is the phrase he uses to describe the new challenge and you can bet your life that should that door be open even the tiniest crack, Emil Schwarz is the right guy to barge his way right through it.
All the best, Mielie! We know you’re going to be great.Tweet