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You’re not alone, we’re all missing some netball action at the moment, especially the Telkom Netball League. In anticipation of the 2020 season we reached out to last year’s Player of the Tournament, Kgomotso Itlhabanyeng from the North West Flames, to hear how she’s doing and to get to know her a little bit better.

Some background information before we get the questions going.

Date of Birth: 5 June 1989
Place of Birth: Rustenburg
Place of Residence: Rustenburg
Height: 176cm
Playing Position(s): WA/C

NSA: Hi Kgomotso, tell us, how did it feel when you learned you were the 2019 Telkom Netball League Player of the Tournament?
It was such a great honour… I felt very blessed on that day. 🙌

NSA: Apart from winning best player, what were your playing or Telkom Netball League tournament highlights?
Great team performance and improving as a team.

NSA: How did your netball story begin?
I started playing netball at primary school and also represented North West U/19, U/21 and Seniors.

NSA: Any people who’ve played a major role in your career development thus far?
My family, friends and all coaches from my development to provincial level. Especially my late high school coach Queen Mvila. 🙌

NSA: You were added to the national squad in November last year for the SPAR Challenge. What was the experience like training and gelling with the other players?
Great experience. I am very grateful for the opportunity and I learned a lot from both coaches and the players.

NSA: When you’re not training or playing netball, what is it you get up to?
Having good moments with family and friends.

NSA: How have you been keeping busy during this period of isolation?
KI: Training and enjoying every single moment with my family.

NSA: Who thus far has been your toughest opponent(s) and why?
Very difficult to say, because all players during the TNL are good. So I always try to do my best.

Rapid Fire – Kgomotso’s Favourites:
Player/Role Model:
Sasha Corbin
Exercise or Drill: Track and trailer
Meal: Chicken stew and dumpling
Drink: Cream Soda
TV show or Movie: Any happy ending is good for me
Song: DJ Sliqe ft. A-Reece (Do It For Me)
Book: Love
Holiday: Mozambique
Quote: “Be strong but not rude and always be humble.”

NSA: Being quite versatile on attack and mid-court any other specific playing position you prefer?
Goal defense!

NSA: Any advice out there for netballers currently playing or who would like to get into the sport?
Discipline, always do your best and never give up.