Celebrating Inspirational Women
August is women's month with National Women's Day, 9 August 2014 upon us. We would like to celebrate the inspiring display of South African women's courage and strength today and in years gone past. Women play such an integral role in our society and we would like to thank all women for their inspiration, encouragement and strength and wish all women a happy and blessed women's day and month.
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) are proud of our female athletes and staff, not only for what they have accomplished personally, but for the contribution they have made in growing the great sport. We would like to thank all the women whose lives we touch, the caring mothers sisters, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, girlfriends and wives, trainers, physio's, doctors and journalists. Your contribution, support and love for our athletes and wheelchair tennis are immensely appreciated. Thank you for making a difference and going the extra mile, we would not be where we are if it were not for your significant contribution.
One of WTSA's phenomenal women is Kgothatso Montjane, South Africa's no.1 in the Women's division and ranked 8th internationally. The 28 year old from Limpopo is fondly known as "Kg" and has shown tremendous strength of character, immense discipline, and unrelenting determination. She has confronted life's challenges head on, to stand tall and be a role model we can all respect and admire. "Kg" was born with a congenital birth defect leaving her no alternative but to have her left leg amputated below the knee. She has a BSc degree from the University of Limpopo. Kgothatso Montjane won the "SA Sportswoman of the year with a disability" at the SA Sports Awards November2013 and also recently won "Sportswoman of the Year with a disability" at the Gauteng Sports Awards. Thank you KG for being such an inspirational role model.
Other inspirational women in our fold are Rose van der Meer and Celia du Toit. Rose is the winner of the recent Airports Company South Africa Soweto Open held in June this year and runner up at the Airports CompanySouth Africa Pretoria Open in July 2014. Rose is ranked no.2 in the Women's division in South Africa, and no.37 internationally. Rose was also recently elected Chairman of the board. Celia du Toit, director at WTSA who stopped playing wheelchair tennis due to a demanding and very successful career in the banking industry has given so much to the sport and we salute and thank Celia for her priceless contribution to the sport and players.
The young 18 year old Mariska Venter from Ermelo, ranked no.3 in the women's division in SA has certainly made her mark in the sport being the top junior girls player in the world in April 2014. Currently Mariska is ranked no.2 in the junior girls internationally and no.38 in the women's internationally. Watch out South Africa this young lady is going places. Other young upcoming role models we believe will be an inspiration to all woman in time to come are the 17 year old Thando Hlatswayo and Mabel Mankgele.
WTSA's Manager Karen Losch said: "August is women's month and we celebrate and toast the contribution we as women make to our country, our employers, our families and our communities. It is often the little things we do that are forgotten, the mountains we move to create stability, the pieces we pick up and put together to mould our loved ones, and the love only a mother can give. To those women who are able to rise above this, and provide role models for us all, we salute you. To our athletes; continue to shine and thank you for always inspiring us. To our sponsors a big heartfelt thank you for making it all possible, thank you for believing in us and giving the athletes the opportunity to realize their dreams and aspirations. "
Participation in local and international tournaments is made possible by a generous sponsorship from Airports Company South Africa, the official sponsor of the sport.