Help Sesethu realise her dreams

2016-02-25 06:00
Sesethu Queencious Sinkwane, 25, of Site C, Khayelitsha, is appealing for help to fund her trip to participate in pool table competition, in Mpumalanga. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Sesethu Queencious Sinkwane, 25, of Site C, Khayelitsha, is appealing for help to fund her trip to participate in pool table competition, in Mpumalanga. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Sesethu Queencious Sinkwane has developed such a liking for the game of pool that she is now reaping the rewards, lack of finances notwithstanding.

Sinkwane,25, knows that very few females take part in this recreational game, but she wants to set an example for others.

The lass, from Khayelitsha, has qualified to represent the Western Cape in the South African Championships, which will be held in April, in Secunda, Mpumalanga.

She need about R4600 to fund her trip, including accommodation and travelling expenses.

“I do not have money so I am appealing to anyone who can sponsor me so that I will be able to travel to compete in Mpumalanga. I am really looking forward to taking part in the competition,” she said.

Should she win there, she said this would put her in a favourable spot to fly to England, where she will compete at international level.

She qualified for the national competition after taking part in the trials which were held in Lansdowne earlier this month. She was slotted with 20 other competitors.

A keen soccer player, she developed a love for the pool table in 2011 after suffering a knee injury whilst playing for the Siphamandla Secondary School women’s team.

She started going to a local tavern to play pool table for fun and she has never looked back.

Sinkwane then joined some teams formed by tavern patrons in Driftsands, Stellenbosch and Strand, where she even took part in competitions where sheep and money were the main prize.

“I am very happy with my confidence playing pool. I wish that other females in the townships can see pool table as a sport which they can make a career out of. I am always the only female player in many areas I go to. I also wish that government can provide us with places where we can play and also fund it as sport. Pool table should not be a thing that you only find in taverns. Some people think it is a thing for people who drink alcohol which it is not true. I was surprised to see that in Johannesburg it is taken very seriously as opposed to Cape Town,” she said.

Last June, she participated in the Planet Pool in Jozi.

She has also competeid in contests which was held in Pretoria the following week, where she bounced back with a five-nil win which saw her walking away with Cosmic Cue worth R1000.

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