Thursday, 16 May 2013

13 year old creates Springbok selection website


Rouxve Meyer

When a thirteen year old girl is absolutely mad about rugby, you could be forgiven for not taking her too seriously. She is taken very seriously at home though and her brother has also been able to turn her idea and her dream into a reality. Rather than merely chatting about ideal team selections for the Springbok side, Rouxve Meyer, a Grade 8 learner from Parel Vallei High School in Somerset West, thought it would be fun to see what other people thought about the perfect team too. So she hatched the idea for a website that allows you to do just that.

SA SELECT is a website that enables members to select their own Springbok team; the site then counts the total votes for each position and displays the most popular team, as selected by the fans themselves. Selectors – as registered members are termed – can then discuss or comment on the current popular team, view other users' teams by visiting their profiles and view the overall rankings of players for every position.

Cleverly and with true entrepreneurial spirit, Rouxve then enlisted the support of her brother, Francois to design and develop the site. Francois (18), who’s currently taking his gap year (after matriculating in 2012 as one of the top 20 students in the Western Cape), did this as a favour to his younger sister, but insists that he’s not going to be available for all her idle whims in the future. “I’m intending to use my development skills for myself and while it was nice to have the time to help Rouxve out this time – she is my kid sister after all – she does have a lot of ideas and I’m a bit nervous she’s going to expect the same levels of service in the future!”

Rouxve Meyer

Rouxve explains that while the site might seem very entrepreneurial and clever, really it’s just a dream of hers: “I am not looking to make any money out of this... I just wanted to give people a place to make their selection and to share their selections with everyone else... rather like we do at home, I wanted to see what other people think. I hope people like the idea.”

Although it only went live last month, SA SELECT already has 296 registered ‘selectors’.

So, if you’re an avid Springbok rugby fan and passionate about the South African rugby team, visit the website ( and register ( and start selecting your team!

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