Legendary Pretorius honoured

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Karla Pretorius in action for the Sunshine Coast Lightning in Australia PHOTO: GETTY

The Free State and Proteas netball icon, Karla Pretorius (née Mostert), was one of the big winners on the last day of Women’s Month when she received recognition for her contribution to the sport at the annual Momentum gsport Awards.

The awards exclusively honour women in South African sport, from players, to coaches, to administrators and even journalists. It is the country’s longest-running women’s sport awards and this year it celebrated this 15th year by introducing the Global Woman in Sport award.

The honour as the first recipient on the accolade went to none other than Pretorius, who has left her mark in netball from the University of the Free State Kovsies, all the way to the national netball team.

Her impact in netball has even been recognised at international level, and last year during the Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England, she was named as Player of the Tournament.
Speaking to Bloemfontein Courant, Pretorius said it’s an honour to be the first recipient on the accolade.

“What a great honour receiving this award and being the first recipient of the Global Woman in Sport award.

“There are not a lot of platforms celebrating women in sport, but this is one of the platforms that has been very consistent.

“Everywhere I go abroad I know I am not just representing myself. I’m representing my family, my story and for South Africans. That is my approach when I play. I play to inspire and I play for the ones that I love.”

Pretorius is currently in Australia where she is representing the Sunshine Coast Lightning in the Suncorp Super Netball League. – MORGAN PIEK