Winner shares her skills

2016-10-12 06:00
TSHEGOFATSO MOLIFI (20), the volunteer of the year for 2015-’16. Photo: Boipelo Mere

TSHEGOFATSO MOLIFI (20), the volunteer of the year for 2015-’16. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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IT came as a big shock and a wonderful surprise for Tshegofatso Molifi (20) when she was called to the stage and announced as the Northern Cape’s volunteer of the year for the year 2015.

Slightly built and of quiet disposition, all Molifi intended to do was to plough back what she had learnt to her community in Galeshewe by offering her skills in table tennis.

She did not want to let her skills and passion go to waste after winning a three-year scholarship to the HTC High Performance Centre in 2011 to 2013.

Thus she had been volunteering her services as an assistant coach at the Mayibuye Multipurpose Centre for a year now, while at the same time also being involved as a player.

According to her, she is currently ranked no. 2 in her province by the Griqualand Table Tennis Board thanks to that scholarship.

“The fact that I am still unemployed after completing my N6 in Human Resources at the Moremogolo FET College gives me the opportunity to continue contributing my skills to those who need them most, which is the youth from my community, thanks to my coach, Neville Parker.

“He is the one who nominated me for the award and ensured that I attend the ceremony last week Thursday,” said Molifi.

“I am passionate about what I am doing, which is why I continue to recruit children on the streets to come and learn to play table tennis whenever I meet them.

“I see the importance of transferring my skills while I still can.”

Molifi has done a Level 1 coaching course, which she puts to good use every week at training, local league and competition matches.

She further helps with the u.13, u.15 and u.18 girls teams in collaboration with her head coach at all South African championships and assisted in the design of the training programme for the 2015-’16 season.

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