Kovsie netball team centre and wing attacking player, Khanyisa Chawane, has taken her glorious netball career to greater heights after her recent selection into the national netball team.
The 22 year-old final year Bachelor of Science (Geography and Agrometeorology) student described her selection as a new challenge in her sporting career.
The Fast 5 netball series matches set to take place in Australia, will be played against Jamaica, Malawi, Australia, New Zealand and England. A Fast 5 is a quick-paced netball game where contesting nations will select five players per side.
Chawane has so far been capped three times in the Spar Proteas national netball team including the Quad Series matches which the South African Spar Proteas played against Australia, New Zealand and England. The games took place in Australia last month.
“I was nervous at first, but I wanted to go out there to prove to myself that I have worked hard to be here,” she said, adding that their opponents were playing a different game with speed and high intensity.
“After those games, I felt like I needed to prepare myself more so that I could handle the intensity as I was playing with ladies who have been capped many times and were more experienced,” she said.
Asked who has been a source of inspiration in her netball career, Chawana attributed her rise to the Kovsie Netball team coach Burta De Kock.
She explained that from her late high school days when she was playing at provincial games in Limpopo, De Kock saw her abilities and has been keeping an eye on her ever since.
“When I was doing Grade 12, she approached me and said, ‘One day you will play in the national netball team’.”
“When I first got the news of my selection, I exclaimed and said; ‘Wow! Words do really come true. My coach Burta saw in me what I could not see myself, and she prepared me for the best’.”
She described her coach as the kind of manager who nurtures the abilities of each and every single player for the best. “I am so grateful to her.”
During the Varsity Cup National Netball Tournament finals, during which the Kovsie netball team played against the University of Pretoria, Chawane was crowned the best player in the Premier League, National Championship and the Varsity Netball in the same year.