Three Awards for Wheelchair Tennis SA at the Gauteng Sports Awards 2014
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) is elated with the three awards they received at the recent Gauteng Sports Awards. SA Ace Lucas Sithole ranked no.2 in the world in the quads division and Kgothatso Montjane ranked no.7 in the world in the women's division were honoured as "Sportsman of the Year with a Disability" and "Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability" respectively. WTSA Performance Coach Holger Losch also walked away with gold, receiving the "Coach of the Year" award.
As all of the above winners are abroad, Wheelchair Tennis SA representative and Vice Chairman, Patrick Selepe, received the awards on their behalf.
While abroad, Lucas Sithole finished the Swiss Open as the singles runner up and the doubles winner. In the singles Lucas was defeated 6-2,6-2 by World no 1, David Wagner (USA), in the final. Kgothatso Montjane and fellow countryman Evans Maripa both reached the semi-finals of the singles. Montjane lost to world no 1, Yui Kumiji (JAP) while Maripa lost to Gustavo Fernandez (ARG), world no 4. Montjane, like Sithole, also walked away with the women's doubles title.
The three SA players will now travel to the United Kingdom where they will participate in the British Open Super Series 15-20 July 2014 after which Montjane and Maripa will compete in the Belgian Open 22-26 July 2014.
Wheelchair Tennis SA Manager Karen Losch said "We are extremely proud as we celebrate the success of Wheelchair Tennis SA and congratulate our players and staff for their nominations and awards at the recent Gauteng Sports Awards. These inspiring athletes have excelled in their tennis careers and have shown that no disability holds them back; ability is what matters. Determination, focus and inspiration have made them achievers both on and off the tennis court. We would also like to say a big heartfelt thank you to our sponsor, Airports Company South Africa, without whose support none of this success would be possible."
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and Airports Company South Africa Partnership:
Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has for the 10 years been the official sponsor of Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and the sport of wheelchair tennis. Airports Company South Africa has contributed more than R25-million to date and has committed to a continued growth in the sport, helping the athletes to gain experience on the International circuit and to qualify and participate in the 2016 Paralympic games.
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa through the continued sponsorship from Airports Company South Africa hosts:
Six International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments,
Three National Camps,
An opportunity for top performers to participate abroad
Grassroot programmes at no less than 60 community centres and schools across South Africa