Ms Sanelisiwe Mandisa Kubeka (21), a third year Bachelor of Science student on the Pietermaritzburg campus, has been selected for a “dream team” following her participation in the USSA tournament in Cape Town as part of the UKZN netball side.
Kubeka’s netball journey started in primary school and continued after she enrolled at UKZN.
In high school she was selected to represent the KwaZulu-Natal team at the Netball Schools Tournament and went on to be chosen for KZN at the National Championships at both U-19 and U-21 levels.
She also participated in action netball, a more fast-paced version of outdoor netball, where she was selected for the U-18 team that won gold at the KZN action netball tournament.
This year she participated in the provincial action netball tournament where she played for the U-23 mixed team which won silver in two categories.
She was then chosen to represent UKZN at the USSA tournament where she was selected for the “dream-team”, meaning she was in the Top 7 out of 120 players in the B-pool.
Asked how she felt about the achievement, she said: ‘I feel that it’s one step closer to where I want to be in the sport. I’m really grateful to my coaches, they showed immense trust in me throughout the tournament, which in turn boosted my confidence.
‘The more recognition you receive from selectors, judges and scouts, the more grounded you need to be.’
She was happy UKZN hockey was being promoted into the Varsity Cup League which was another development in the university becoming known as an academic and sports institution. She hoped more attention would now be given to other sports codes because previously certain sports received more attention and support than others.
The Pietermaritzburg Campus Netball Committee congratulates Kubeka on her achievement and hopes this is the first of many more!