Rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen to premier film in MK

Joost van der Westhuizen
Joost van der Westhuizen

South African rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen will be in Milton Keynes this week to premier a film documenting his life.

Regarded as one of the best scrum-halves of a generation, helping his country to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup on home soil, van der Westhuizen was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 2011.

The 44-year-old will be the guest of honour at the Odeon Cinema at MK1 on Tuesday October 20, at the screening put on by PJ Care and MK Dons SET, and will conduct a Q&A session along with movie director Odette Schwegler at the end of the screening.

Film director Odette said: “The film is a compelling tale of redemption set against the backdrop of rugby glory, ‘Glory Game’ is the story of a modern day warrior forced to face his own human frailty. He shows us that beyond ambition, success and fame lies the true wealth of family and friends, and that within a ravaged body can surge the spirit of a survivor.”

PJ Care Chief Executive, Johann van Zyl added: “I have known Joost and his family for many years and he is a true inspiration, international sport icon and father. Since being diagnosed with MND he has worked tirelessly to promote awareness of MND in Africa and across the globe through his J9 Foundation, facilitating research and treatment facilities for people in Africa through the local medical training universities. PJ Care is proud to host this event and all the profits will go to support Joost and pay for his care.”

John Cove, MK Dons SET chief executive, said: “PJ Care is a proud sponsor of MK Dons SET and we are delighted to support them in the delivery of this incredibly powerful film about Joost and his remarkable career and heartbreaking diagnosis. Rugby World Cup 2015 at stadiummk has capture the imagination of the city and the world, hopefully people will be inspired by what they have seen on the pitch and inspired by the story of Joost. I hope the film raises important funds for Joost’s care.”

The film is rated 12a.

VIP tickets (including pre-screening reception with Joost and post screening Q&A) £100

Standard tickets (including post screening Q&A) £25

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