Five Nominations for Wheelchair Tennis SA at the SA Sports Awards 2013
Johannesburg, South Africa. – Wheelchair Tennis South Africa is extremely proud and overjoyed with the five nominations they received at the recent SA Sports Awards. It is a privilege and an honour for our athletes and coach to be recognized on this prestige level. The SA Sports Awards will take place at Sun City 17 November 2013 and we wish our players and coach all the best.
The nominees for Wheelchair Tennis South Africa at the SA Sports awards are:
- Sport Star of the Year - Lucas Sithole
- Sportsman of the Year with a Disability - Lucas Sithole
- Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability - Kgothatso Montjane
- Coach of the Year - Holger Losch
- Newcomer of the year - Thato Tsomole
The 27 year old Lucas Sithole hails from Newcastle, Kwazulu Natal and is currently ranked no.2 in the world in the quads division. After a tragic accident at the age of 12 Lucas Sithole became a triple amputee that has shown that ability and disability do not go hand in hand. Born with a passion for sport Sithole started playing wheelchair tennis in 2008 and today he has an astonishing 37 titles behind his name, has represented South Africa at the 2012 Paralympics; was the first African to win the British Open and the first African to win the US Open Grand Slam. Sithole has defeated all top 10 players in the world this year including David Wagner, world no. 1, four times in 6 months.
We call on all South Africans to wave their flags and show their spirit by voting for Lucas Sithole, the first disabled athlete to be nominated in the SA Sports Awards Sport Star of the Year 2013 category. This award is determined by public support and voting closes 17 November 2013.Please VOTE and show your support for Lucas Sithole by dialing *120*8883# and choose option 5-Lucas Sithole.
Kgothatso Montjane, currently ranked world no.6 in the women's open division, was the first African player to qualify and participate at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and Invacare Doubles Masters in November 2012. "KG" hails from Limpopo and was born with a congenital birth defect which led to her left leg being amputated beneath the knee. To date she has won an impressive 33 titles, played in two Paralympics, and defeated all of the top 10 players in the world.
Lucas Sithole and Kgothatso Montjane are currently in the USA competing in the prestigious 2013 NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters, 5-11 November in Mission Viejo, Southern California USA alongside the 2013 ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters.
Earlier this year WTSA's Coach Holger Losch was honoured with the ITF Coach of the year 2013 award at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup that was held in Antalya, Turkey May 2013. The Coach of the Year Award is presented to the coach who is considered to have made a substantial contribution to the development of wheelchair tennis and players both nationally and internationally. Holger Losch is also a representative on the ITF International Wheelchair Tennis Coaches Commission. This was the first time a coach from South Africa has been awarded this honour. The players look up to Holger always making it all seems possible and easy to achieve.
Sixteen year old Thato Tsomole from Meerhof School, Hartebeespoort Dam is a dynamic and extremely talented young player currently ranked no.3 in the world in the junior boys division. Thato's motto is "game on" and always accepts a new challenge. He is an enthusiastic sport fanatic and enjoys various sports competitive and recreational. He brings humor to any dull situation and is able to change a negative to positive! He is focused and determined to reach the top.
The Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) is the official sponsor of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and the sport of wheelchair tennis. Airports Company South Africa has contributed no less than R26-million to date and has committed to a continued investment in the sport as its flagship Corporate Social Investment programme.