Height not a factor

2016-09-28 06:00
BONANG RAMOEA, a student at the University of the Free State Qwaqwa campus defies all basketball stereotypes. Photo: Thabo Kessah

BONANG RAMOEA, a student at the University of the Free State Qwaqwa campus defies all basketball stereotypes. Photo: Thabo Kessah

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PHUTHADITJHABA. Z Height and physique are known to be the core prerequisites for a basketball player.

But for Bonang Ramoea, skills and determination come first, for she does not possess the aforementioned.

Standing a mere 1,4 m tall, she is one of the shortest basketball players around, but she has already added a number of accolades to her name.

“Growing up, I enjoyed playing netball like any other girl. But in 2008 I ventured into the uncharted waters of basketball, as I could see that there were far more opportunities in this game,” said Bonang, a final-year Sociology student at the University of the Free State Qwaqwa campus.

She has been the busiest basketball player on the Qwaqwa campus during the last two years.

“My performance has won me a place in the Kovsie team that played at the University Sport South Africa (USSA) games that were hosted by the Universities of Fort Hare and the Witwatersrand in 2015 and earlier this year respectively,” she said.

She said playing at the national basketball games had been such an honour as it has allowed her to challenge some of the stereotypes in this game Z height and physique.

At the local level, Ramoea has been part of the title-winning female team in the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality.

She has done well by being included in the Thabo Mofutsanyana District team that has been competing in the OR Tambo provincial games since 2013.

Ramoea is the reigning Qwaqwa Campus Sportswoman of the Year and believes the title is hers to keep.

“I intend holding on to the title a little longer and whoever thinks she can dethrone me, have to work extra hard.

“Yes, there is competition as there are other women who are really talented here on campus. One can just hope and work hard,” she added.

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