Netball star’s dream a reality

2019-10-30 06:00
Khanyisa Chawane (23) Photo: Supplied

Khanyisa Chawane (23) Photo: Supplied

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The talented South African star netball player Khanyisa Chawane’s dream to play abroad has become a reality.

She has received an irresistible offer to play for Bath, an England side in Europe’s Netball Superleague.

This member of the University of the Free State’s (UFS) Kovsie team, the Free State Crinums, and the South African Proteas netball team opted for this offer instead of an offer to play for a team in the Austrian League.

Chawane (23) said the offer in England suited her better.

“I am really thrilled to have signed with Bath. There is no doubt that I am going to come out a better player.

“I am grateful to have been scouted and given this opportunity to play for such a big team. It still brings tears to my eyes when I think about it.

“My goal has always been to play abroad and to challenge myself. I always strive to better myself and give my best on and off the court,” said Chawane.

One of the highlights of her career so far was to represent South Africa as a member of the Proteas at the 2019 Netball World Cup. The South African team finished fourth overall.

Chawane represented Kovsies at this year’s Varsity Netball tournament.

She will return to Bloemfontein midway through the year and will still be available for the Kovsie netball team.

She plans to return to Kovsies to continue with her BSc Geography and Statistics studies.

Chawane was named the 2018 Varsity Netball players’ player of the tournament.

She made her debut for Kovsies in 2015 and for the Proteas in 2018.

Chawane, a mid-courter, follows in the footsteps of Karla Pretorius, who also had a stint in English netball at Bath in 2016, playing for one season.

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