WHEELCHAIR TENNIS SA BID FAREWELL TO NATIONAL COACH
Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) bid farewell to National Coach Kgotso Matshego who part ways with the Federation after 7-years of great service to join Tennis South Africa as Head Coach for Western Cape Growthpoint Development Centre starting this December.
Matshego said he leaves the position appeased that the programme has grown in leaps and bounds.
“I have worked with some of the best players and it was great watching them grow, that today they are amongst some of the world’s best athletes,” said Matshego.
“It has been an honour and privilege to work for an organization that has afforded me an opportunity to make a tangible difference to many people’s lives. I have learnt a lot in the years I have worked at WTSA and I will forever cherish the many positive experiences I had with the team”.
“I wish the organization success going forward. I will really miss the team and all the players I have worked with in the past years”.
Matshego worked with the country’s top athletes, world no.8 Kgothatso Montjane, quad ace Lucas Sithole, Evans Maripa and was also responsible for developing the Up-and-Coming players. He has played an important role for many junior players, including Alwande Skhosana and Nokwanda Hlongwane – who at age 15 reached career best of 2 and 3 respectively in the world, for junior boys and girls under 18.
Matshego also coached the late Thando Hlatswayo, who reached a career best of 2 in the world in juniors in 2014, and whom before her passing, as a senior, has been ranked no 2 in the country, representing SA in the Wheelchair Tennis World Team Cup in 2015.
Matshego has also been named onto the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Global Wheelchair Coaches Commission for 2015.
“The contribution made by Matshego to the development of wheelchair tennis, since his appointment as National Coach in 2011 has been of the highest standard and dedication to the sport in South Africa,” WTSA General Manager Karen Losch commented.
“On behalf of WTSA, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Matshego for his great work over the years and wish him all the best for the future.”
‘We look forward to working closely with Matshego and Tennis South Africa (TSA) in the near future on other projects as and when the opportunity arises,” added Losch.
The Federation is still in discussion for an appointment of a new head coach and the announcement will be made in due course.