I was born here in Durban and we moved away when I was quite young. My dad was a rugby player. He’s now retired, but he’s played all over, so our family has moved around quite a bit. We’ve lived in five different countries: South Africa, Northern Ireland (we lived in Belfast actually), we lived in France, we lived in Italy and England. So yeah, we’ve been around quite a bit, and then we moved back to South Africa in 2016 and we’ve been here ever since.
I live in Hillcrest, which is quite far from Durban central. It’s a very well-off area, I could say. I love Durban – for the beaches, and the people are so nice. Everyone always says, you know “Nathan, why, why did you come back to South Africa? There’s so many problems with the country but, honestly, South Africans are so cool. And I love being close to the beach and being able to surf, and even though I’m terrible at surfing, just having that opportunity to do it is great.
If it wasn’t for my next door neighbor and living in Belfast, I might not have been involved in PeacePlayers today. I was six six or seven years old, living in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and my next door neighbor was a basketball coach. She ran a basketball program at a nearby school and I would always hear her son playing basketball in the garden, and sometimes the ball would go over the hedge and he’d ask me to get it and throw it back. But I was growing up around rugby, my dad being a rugby player, so I was never exposed to basketball as a sport. But she kind of introduced it to me, and I think on my seventh birthday, she gifted me a basketball, and she also lent us the basketball hoop so we set it up in our driveway and I would just I remember shooting for hours and hours and hours and hours with this with this next door neighbor who was just teaching me how to play and ever since then basketball has been my main sport i’ve been playing it for 12 years.
We followed up with Nathan during the Games to hear about his experience in real time. Here’s what he had to say!