Zanele MdodanaThe club won the provincial netball league for a seventh consecutive year with several players and management representing South Africa at international level.
According to Spar promotions and advertising manager, Wendy Westraadt, the company enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with the club and was very proud of its achievements. “The players and staff have worked very hard and thoroughly deserve it.”
NMMU sports manager, Theresa le Roux, said the award was made on a points system based on club results, player achievements and involvement in community outreach programmes. “The trophy is highly prized because it takes into account all the efforts that a club has put in during the year.”
Le Roux said they were particularly proud of wing defender Zanele Mdodana, who captained the Proteas to a gold medal in the Diamond League Series in August. She was joined in the national squad by teammates Mampho Tsotetsi and Nontle Gwavu.
Raising the profile
In July, goalkeeper Zanele Vimbela was called to the South African student team that took silver at the World University Netball Championships. She was also named Player of the Year at the Nelson Mandela Bay Netball Association awards ceremony on Friday. On the management side, head coach Lana Krige was appointed coach of the national Fastnet team.
Le Roux said Krige’s appointment had further helped to raise the tertiary institution’s profile. “Suddenly some of your national players would like to study at NMMU or are looking for jobs in PE!” She said 80% of the players selected for the NMBNA provincial teams were from the university, but that they would not have been able to achieve their goals without the retailer’s backing.
“Not only has it enabled us to assist many from previously disadvantaged areas, it has also given our players opportunities to take part in areas of the sport ranging from coaching to umpiring and scoring clinics.”
Le Roux said presenting development clinics at schools throughout the province had also given them the opportunity to identify and groom future talent for the university.
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