Cricketer gives back to the community

2018-02-21 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedPretty Molefe in action.

PHOTO: suppliedPretty Molefe in action.

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MARITZBURG Echo had a chat with local cricketer Pretty Molefe (23) from Imbali Unit BB about her journey in cricket.

Molefe started playing cricket in Grade 6 at Willowfontein Intermediate School, now known as Willowfontein Secondary School. Molefe now plays for the KwaZulu-Natal Inland Women’s Cricket Team.

She said she has always loved cricket and she dreams of playing for the national team one day.

“When I started playing cricket, my friends just told me that we must play cricket and I said yes. That is how it all started.

“When I got into high school, my school entered the KFC Cricket Search Competition that always takes place at The Oval. I was lucky to be selected by KwaZulu-Natal Inland and asked to go back for training,” she said.

She said that when she attended the training everything was very easy for her as she already knew a lot about cricket.
“I then started playing for the U19 team and later started playing for the senior team. It is almost 10 years now since I started playing cricket. I never stopped and I will never stop. Cricket is my life.

“I want to be an example to the youth who are younger than me.

I want to show them that if you love something and have a passion for it, you never stop.

There have been challenges along the way but I kept on pushing because I knew what I wanted. In 2013, I was injured and I did not play for the whole year,” she said.

Molefe said that besides playing for the KZN Inland team, she trains young children in her area who love cricket. “We encourage them and teach them skills. We want them to grow up with the skills that we have. It is my way of giving back.”

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