LIVE: GOOD MORNING ANGELS 9 MARCH 2022 (MARIZAAN/NOMADS)

LIVE: GOOD MORNING ANGELS 9 MARCH 2022 (MARIZAAN/NOMADS)

Bulls and Springbok Fly Half, Morné Steyn calls on the Angels to help Marizaan

BACKGROUND: 19-year old Marizaan du Toit has been an impressive, all round young sports women her entire life. “She is the busy one”, says her mom, Jacqueline of her identical twin daughters. Both Marizaan and her twin-sister, Marilu have competed on provincial level in various sports, but it was women’s rugby that Marizaan has been focusing on recently. She has played for the Blue Bulls and Tuks Women’s Rugby as well as the junior Springboks and was last year drafted for the Senior Women’s Ruby training squad. That’s when she met legendary Bulls and Springbok fly half, Morné Steyn. “She’s very talented and passionate and I helped her with her kicking”, says Morné.

Marizaan never stopped training through lockdown and kept her peak fitness level because she wanted to be ready for 2022 “her year”.

On 4 December last year, everything changed. Marizaan suffered a massive stroke. A big part of her scull on the left hand side was removed due to severe swelling – but she pulled through. She’s in rehab currently, still unable to speak or write or walk. There is no indication of how long this will take, but Jacqueline says – as always – Marizaan works very hard with her therapists. She will be released from rehab at the end of March – when the family’s medical aid runs out and from there all her bills will be for their own account. Some of her team mates and former teams have put together fundraisers to assist the family with the medical costs. One of these friends is Morné Steyn, who reached out to Good Morning Angels on Marizaan and her family’s behalf.