Pam Maurel

Wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend.

 Born in Durban, now living in Jozi. Works for the Lions Rugby Company as Professional Teams Physiotherapist and was the first female physiotherapist for the senior men’s rugby team.  

She played water polo for South Africa; was a Provincial synchronised swimmer; a member of the SAU water polo team and achieved full Blues colours at the University of Witwatersrand.  

Pam is currently a PhD candidate (Sports Physio) at the University of Witwatersrand. 


1. What’s your biggest achievement/Something you’re proud of?
“I have three: 1) My marriage and kids. Being married for 15 years and raising 2 kids together, while both working full time jobs is not always easy, especially over the last few years. We seem to have found the balance between these worlds. 2) My job – I love it. I have a really supportive husband and this enables me to work in the field that I love and to perform in the job that I have always dreamed of. “and 3) Making the SA women’s water polo team. This team was the first female water polo team, in SA history, to travel overseas and compete under the SA flag.

2. What’s your biggest fear / something that holds you back?
“I have two – At times I tend to underestimate my own ability. I have to keep reminding myself that I have bucket loads of experience and I must not be afraid of it. Second one – SHARKS! I blame JAWS!

3. What’s your biggest contribution / Something you like to share?
“As a female in a male dominated world of rugby you can disappear into the background quite quickly OR you can embrace your position and add to the dynamics of the team. Women can bring constructive communication to the table. Let’s be honest, we do love to talk. We can bring a healthy balance between work and life. Many men tend to get ‘bogged’ down by work and forget about the life outside of the work place. As a women I feel that I can bring a strong team spirit as we tend to value relationships and analyse problems better. We bring a good balance to any team.”

4. Fun Facts:
“A career counsellor once told me I’d be a bus driver”

Thank you for being you!

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