SA international rugby ref 'Winging It' through fatherhood

He's best known for his refereeing skills on the rugby field, but these days former World Cup rugby ref Jonathan Kaplan has a far more challenging task on his hands...fatherhood!

In his latest book, 'Winging It', written by best-selling Joanne Jowell, Kaplan details the emotional process he went through using surrogacy to become a solo Dad to now 23 month old Kaleb.

Single at the time he started the process, Kaplan says becoming a father was something he always wanted.

But he's aware that there's some things he won't be able to provide for his son himself.

In my particular case, I worry about the female energy for Kaleb, but maybe I'm over-thinking it? Maybe just give him as much love as possible so that he's able to live his best possible life.

Jonathan Kaplan, retired SA rugby referee

Kaplan says he hand-picked best-selling author Joanne Jowell to write the book, but surprisingly it wasn't the often emotional journey of the surrogacy process that he found most difficult to reveal.

Potentially the most difficult material for me and the one that caused me the most stress was talking about my childhood.

Jonathan Kaplan, retired SA rugby referee

You can hear more about Kaplan's story at the Kingsmead Book Festival in Johannesburg on May 12th.

Listen to the full interview with Jonathan Kaplan on his book, 'Winging it':


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : SA international rugby ref 'Winging It' through fatherhood


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