SAGDB girls accepted for residential scholarships at HPC, Pretoria
14 Year old Zanele Mazibuko and 17 year old Ntsoaki Mokoena from Phuthaditjhaba in Qwa-Qwa, Free State have been accepted on the Department of Sport & Recreation’s residential scholarship at the High Performance Centre Academy in Pretoria.
The HPC is situated within the grounds of the University of Pretoria’s LC de Villiers Sports Complex, and this controlled environment and programme will give the girls the opportunity to be coached by a top coach who will work in close partnership with the medical and scientific support staff.
Cynthia Rayner, Vice-President of Women’s Golf South Africa and SA Golf Development Board Development Manager, Ratha Motaung, who were both waiting in nervous anticipation while the girls were tested, were overjoyed when they received the news of Zanele and Ntsoaki’s acceptance.
The girls have been involved in the Free State SAGDB programme under the guidance and encouragement of Ratha for the past few years and he was ecstatic when Cynthia contacted him to ask whether Women’s Golf SA could apply for scholarships for his protégés. Their days will be divided into sport specific periods, academic periods at TuksSport School, and residential time. “The girls know what an unbelievable opportunity has been made available by the Department of Sport, but now it’s all up to them. Hard work and commitment are required in order for them to develop into our future champions,” commented Cynthia.
Picture: From left 14 year old Zanele Mazibuko, 17 year old Ntsoaki Mokoena and Womes Golf SA’s Vice-President, Cynthia Rayner at the HPC, Pretoria.