Ambitious and why not? Such a positive approach is good to hear.
Equally, Vivian Jackson; 16 years old from Valhalla Park in Cape Town is motivated to move forward.
"Vivian started playing at school in 2008 , by September of that same year she made the quarter finals of the South African Championships; she found herself being a natural at the game and decided to work much harder", explained Lany Geldenhuys. “She found that the ITTF Junior Circuit event was very tough but believes that in the ITTF-African Junior and Cadet Championships in which she’s playing now is even tougher!"
Has she got that the right way round? Whatever, they are both tough tournaments for the improving teenager.
"Her strength lies in the counter attack as it gives her confidence", continued Lany Geldenhuys. "Her role model is Nadeen El-Dawlatly who plays for Egypt; she sees Nadeen as a very disciplined and hard working player with a great style of play as well."
Nadeen El-Dawlatly and all other members of the Egyptian team in Cape Town set a fine example; in 2010 Nadeen El-Dawlatly received the Stag Most Improved Girl Player of the Year Award.
Maybe in 2011, Vivian Jackson is a contender.
"Vivian was shocked to hear that she’s made the team for the All Africa Games" continued Lany Geldenhuys. "She believes she deserves it and will do her very best!"
Congratulations, hard work brings its rewards as it may well do for 17 year old Sisipho Bathini Shumikazi Mvunyiswa from Umtata in the Eastern Cape.
Enjoys Individual Sport
"She started playing when a teacher came to school and told her about this new sport she could play", said Lany Geldenhuys. “She gave it her best attempt and started enjoying it; she finds it to be a great individual sport because only she can determine the outcome."
That’s true; you are alone. The table tennis arena needs to be your home, somewhere you feel comfortable; increasingly that is the case for Lany Geldenhuys
"When she plays doubles she encourages her partner that they need to be all they can be and up their game to achieve a great result", explained Lany Geldenhuys. "Sisipho is a very positive person; her message to all he world is that success is for everybody, it doesn’t matter where you come from; if you put in the extra effort you are going to achieve your goals."
The approach is to be applauded, a splendid attitude; she is clearly a leader.
"She believes her confidence and positive attitude is most important as it makes her believe in herself and is able to face any challengers that come her way", continued Lany Geldenhuys. "Her mom is her greatest supporter!"
Support from home; it is irreplaceable.
Focus on Table Tennis
"Sisipho decided to take up the offer to further her sporting ability at the High Performance centre over her studies at University; her mother allowed her to make the choice she felt she needed to do at the time", added Lany Geldenhuys. "She’s the only one from the Eastern Cape who has qualified for the All Africa Games; it’s a great achievement and a confidence booster for her."
Nervous but Acclimatising
Completing the line up is 17 year old, Letshego Seleke Jane Manaso; she is 17 years old from the Free State in Bloemfontein.
"The 2011 ITTF Junior Circuit tournament and ITTF-African Junior and Cadet Championships are good for her; it is the second time she has played at this level", explained Lany Geldenhuys. "She felt she was very nervous and lost concentration and confidence because of the people around her but still accomplished great results by making the team."
Importantly, she is a member of the team.
"Her family’s very proud of her and excited and believes she will do very well at the All Africa Games; she’s extremely confident with the forehand but has to work very hard to compensate for her height as she’s not tall", concluded Lany Geldenhuys. "She prefers driving the ball over the net rather than playing with heavy to spin."
Again, as with her three colleagues she is learning, she is motivated and from the experience of competing in the South African Junior and Cadet Championships and in the ITTF-African Junior and Cadet Championships, she is benefitting and benefitting greatly.