World cup awaits

2019-06-26 06:00
Khanyisa Chawane Photo: Supplied

Khanyisa Chawane Photo: Supplied

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The University of the Free State (UFS) boasts a strong representation in the South African netball team to the 2019 World Cup tournament in England.

Exactly one quarter of the SA netball side will consist of current and former Kovsie students at this prestigious competition from 12 to 21 July at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, England.

Less than a year after making her debut for the Proteas, Khanyisa Chawane has been selected for the national women’s side.

A fifth-year B.Sc. Geography and Statistics student, Chawane made her Kovsie debut in 2015.

She got selected thanks to impressive form in competitions that include the Netball Premier League and Varsity Netball League.

The star player represented the Free State Crinums and Kovsies in these competitions.

Chawane’s highlight was being named the Varsity Netball Player of the Tournament at the end of the series, exclusively for South African universities.

“The selection means so much to me. It’s such an honour and privilege to represent my country at this high level of netball,” said Chawane, a centre court player.

Chawane was selected for the World Cup-bound team alongside former Kovsie teammates Maryka Holtzhausen and Karla Pretorius.

They are part of the 12-member team to the World Cup.

Both Chawane (2018) and Pretorius (2014 and 2015) were previously named as the best student netball player in the country.

Pretorius, with 80 caps behind her name and widely regarded as the best goal defender in the world, represented and captained the UFS team from 2009 to 2015.

She is the Protea vice-captain.

Holtzhausen, a goal attack and only the second player to reach 100 tests for the Proteas (106 in total), played for and captained the UFS between 2007 and 2014.

She played her netball in England over the past couple of months.

When she returns from the World Cup, she will again take up her part-time job as a sports manager at KovsieSport.

Burta de Kock, who has coached all three players at the UFS, said they serve as a motivation and example for the current group of players from the UFS.

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