WHEELCHAIR TENNIS ACES OUT TO INSPIRE THE NATION ON MANDELA DAY
With South Africa and the world celebrating Mandela Day, Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) has declared its great pride in celebrating the sporting achievements of the trail-blazer Kgothatso Montjane for her Wimbledon success last week at SW19 in London.
The world number 6 wheelchair tennis ace was awarded a wild card to the grass-court event and it was her first appearance ever at Wimbledon, but impressed fans as she fought commendably to secure a quarter-final win over the former world no. 6 player, Katharina Kruger from Germany.
The 32-year-old then bravely challenged the defending champion and world number one Diede de Groot from the Netherlands in the semi-final but lost to the top seed 1-6 5-7.
Montjane said she continues to work hard to inspire new hope, “I always try to play my best at every level to inspire our youngsters that they can be anything they want.”
“We are extremely proud of KG and celebrate her success today as the world honour and celebrate the extraordinary life and legacy of the global icon Nelson Mandela; a man who believed that sport have the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. We believe her success will motivate others to do more.
“She’s an inspiration to youngsters and gives hope to people living with physical disabilities,” commented WTSA CEO Karen Losch.
The federation also congratulates former world number 1 junior Mariska Venter for breaking bearers. Venter made her debut in the modeling industry on Tuesday to defy stereotypes around people living with disabilities.
“I finally decided to live out my childhood dream. It’s time to defy stereotypes and change the image of women in wheelchairs so they would not be judged solely by this attribute,” said Venter.
“It’s time to show off that being in a wheelchair is not a limitation,” added Venter.
“Mariska have excelled in her tennis career and have shown that no disability holds her back, we congratulate her for her bravery as she continues to fight to promote the rights of people with disabilities,” added Losch.