WHEELCHAIR TENNIS SA APPLAUDS GSPORT NOMINEES MONTJANE, NOKWANDA & MATSHEGO
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa on Wednesday congratulated Kgothatso ‘KG’ Montjane, Nokwande Hlongwane and Khotso Matshego who were nominated for the Athlete of the year with disability, junior athlete of the year and coach of the year respectively for the SPAR gsport awards.
The country’s top women ranked player Montjane has been nominated along with Ilse Hayes-Carstens and Rosebelle Riese. Montjane has maintained her position in the top 10 women players in the world for the past four years, and secured key results over the past year, which moved her into the top 8 once more. Montjane recently made headlines after she claimed two titles at the Swiss Open and the Belgian Open doubles title. Her major achievements in 2015 includes reaching the Singles finals of the Airports Company South SA Open, and clinching the doubles event. The world no.8 reached the Singles semi-finals of the Melbourne Open, won the doubles, and won the singles and doubles events at the Queensland Open, in January 2015.
Kwa-Zulu Natal top wheelchair tennis junior Nokwande Hlongwane has been nominated along with Kayla De Beer and Gezelle Magerman in the junior athlete of the year category. Nokwande is one of wheelchair tennis’s rising star and has proved to be a good player over the years. She has reached a career-best ranking of no 3 globally. Nokwande took part in the Johan Cruyff Junior Camp for Africa as well as the Airports Company South Africa Soweto and Pretoria Opens, where she won the junior girls division, and she also took part in the School Games in December, where she was awarded the Minister’s Bursary for a promising up and coming player.
Khotso Matshego is one of three finalists in the coach of the year category along with Tatiana Lavrentchouk-Vizer and Mampho Tsotetsi. Matshego works tirelessly with the top athletes, world no.8 Kgothatso Montjane, and also responsible for developing the Up-and-Coming players. He has played an important role for a number of junior players, including Nokanwande Hlongwane – who at age 14 has reached a career best of 3 in the world, for junior girls under 18. Matshego also coaches Thando Hlatswayo, who reached a career best of 2 in the world in juniors in 2014, and who now, as a senior, has been ranked no 2 and no 3 in the country, representing SA in the Wheelchair Tennis World Team Cup in 2015. Khotso has also been named onto the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Global Wheelchair Coaches Commission for 2015.
“We are very proud of our players and the coach, it is once again a wonderful reflection on the player’s performance and the coach’s hard work”, said Wheelchair Tennis South Africa General Manager Karen Losch.
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa and Airports Company South Africa Partnership:
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 R36-million to date and has committed to a continued investment in the sport as its flagship Corporate Social Investment programme.