Making dreams come true for netballer

2018-06-28 06:02
PHOTO: andile sitholeAt the event held in Victoria Primary are (from left) Lajeeth Maharaj, Bevan Harris, Lisa Folkaart, Sanelisiwe Ngiba, Samukelisiwe Ngiba and David de Vries.

PHOTO: andile sitholeAt the event held in Victoria Primary are (from left) Lajeeth Maharaj, Bevan Harris, Lisa Folkaart, Sanelisiwe Ngiba, Samukelisiwe Ngiba and David de Vries.

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THERE were tears of joy as Victoria Primary grade 7 pupil Sanelisiwe Ngiba delivered her speech to thank sponsors for making her dream to participate in a netball tournament come true.

The 12-year-old pupil was in tears as she delivered a speech thanking sponsors and her mother for their support at a function held at the school on June 18.

Sanelisiwe was selected to participate in the SA Championships in Boksburg that will be held this week. She will be representing KZN in the U13 netball team.

Speaking on behalf of RWL Furniture, David de Vries motivated pupils to invest time, energy and effort in their school work and studies and extramural activities.

“We are excited that she has been selected for KZN and we are grateful that she is part of the team to go over to Gauteng to participate in the tournaments. The principal made contact with us at RWL. The principal made it possible for Sanelisiwe to be able to participate. That is how we got to hear about her,” de Vries said.

De Vries said that they will sponsor her trip to Gauteng and pay for all the costs.

“We have come on board and will assist her in whatever she needs in order for her fulfil her dream of becoming a South African netball player,” de Vries said.

In her one-page speech, Sanelisiwe thanked her mother for the support and sponsors for making her dream come true.

“One of my biggest dreams is to become one of the greatest South African netball players. What was heartbreaking and disappointing was that I couldn’t afford to go and play for KZN schools however, a miracle happened, and all thanks to Lisa Folkaart. She provided me with a sponsorship that has covered all the expenses. This brought joy into my heart and tears to my eyes.

“I would also like to thank my mother for always providing me with advice to overcome my fears, and for always standing by my side,” she said.

Principal of the school Lajeeth Maharaj said the school was extremely proud of Sanelisiwe’s achievement in being selected for the KZN Schools U13 netball team.

“She will represent KZN at the SA championships in Boksburg. Not only is Sanelisiwe gifted in netball, but she is an academic achiever and head girl at Victoria Primary,” Maharaj said.

He said that Sanelisiwe has an exceptional talent and a bright and promising future.

Maharaj added: “She has done our school, community, family and our KZN province proud.”

He thanked Lisa Folkaart from RWL Furniture for her magnanimous gesture in sponsoring Sanelisiwe for her trip. Maharaj encouraged other pupils to follow in Sanelisiwe’s footsteps by working hard and staying focused on their aims and goals.

Sanelisiwe’s mother, Samukelisiwe Ngiba, said her daughter has always been passionate about netball and going the extra mile to achieve her goals.

“I started noticing her exceptional talent and love of netball when she was nine years old,” Ngiba said.

Thousands of netball players are expected to participate to the tournament in Boksburg from Saturday, June 23 to June 27.

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