Ruby Tlhapane – beauty, brains and brawn

Ruby Tlhapane is positioned as wing for the Free State Cheetahs first women's team. PHOTO:SUPPLIED

All the way from the City of Roses, Ruby Tlhapane is known to be part of the Free State Cheetahs team that won the women’s first division.

Ruby started her sports career as a hockey player. She played for the provincial team from primary school right through to university.

Ruby also participated in Miss Heidedal and was crowned the second princess. “A designer saw the potential in me and I had nothing to lose and everything to gain.”
Rugby was never part of the plan, not even in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine myself as a rugby player.”

Ruby Tlhapane was crowned MIss Heidedal’s second princess in 2021. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Ruby mentions that she told herself from the beginning that this is just to have fun and to leave ample room for learning. Being part of the female’s team is a privilege that Ruby does not take for granted.

“Often times, it becomes overwhelming but then I am reminded that we are trailblazers, paving the way forward for women in sport. I hope that our successors can comprehend what it took to build and continue to build the brand.”

In her leisure time, Ruby plays a game of squash with friends. This way she can keep fit and still get the chance to socialise with those close to her.

She says that this is one of the most entertaining forms of keeping fit.

Ruby insists that a form of self-care is doing what makes her happy. She mentions that she cannot pour into someone else’s cup, when she is running on empty.

“Doubt has killed more dreams than failure ever could, just do what you can and be the best at it. Don’t ever underestimate yourself, leave that to society.”

Abigail Visagie