Kwa-Zulu Natal women’s cricket captain, Johmari Logtenberg, is a born achiever, with big dreams.
She fell in love with cricket at the age of seven, and has blossomed into a talented batswoman, capable of destroying any bowling attack.
Joey, as she is known to her friends, models herself on South Africa’s premier batsman, Jacques Kallis, and its no surprise that her achievements have that Kallis-like touch.
In August, 2003, at the age of 14, she made her debut in both tests and one day internationals against England, in England. She surprised everyone by scoring 74 on test debut.
She has also performed phenomenally well in the women’s provincial league over the past two seasons.
Her success at the top level hasn’t gone unnoticed, having just been appointed vice-captain for the five-match ODI series against Pakistan in January, 2007.
Joey prepared for top level cricket by playing in boys teams, often showing them up with her supreme talent.
In 2004, she scooped two major awards at the inaugural South African cricket awards, winning Women’s Cricketer of the Year, and bagging the Khaya Majola Amateur Cricket Award.
Her continued top class effort saw her bag the Women’s Cricketer of the Year Award for a second time earlier this year, at the 2006 Mutual and Federal SA Cricket Awards.
At 17 Joey already has a wealth of experience, but still has many goals to accomplish, including captaining her country, and scoring a hundred at Lord’s.
This special talent spoke to us about her passion for cricket and what inspires her to be her best.
Introducing our gSTAR for November, teen cricket sensation, Johmari Logtenberg.
Date of birth: 22nd February 1989
Batting style: Right handed
Provincial Representation: Kwa-Zulu Natal
Why do you play cricket?
I simply love the game. It also teaches you certain life skills that can help you tremendously each day, for example concentration, discipline, teamwork and communication skills.
When did you start playing?
I started playing Bakers Mini Cricket at the age of 7. When I was 9, I started to play real cricket for my school’s U/ 11 boys’ team.
Early in your career you played in boys’ teams. How did they relate to you?
For them I was just a member of the team. They treated me with respect and made me feel part of the team. They were mature enough to know that we weren’t boys and a girl, but a team of cricketers. I’m very grateful for that.
How does it feel to be representing SA at such young age?
I see it as a big privilege and honour. Not many people get this chance at my age.
It makes you feel good about myself, but at the same time it keeps me humble, because I got a chance of a life time.
What does it feel like to be made vice-captain of the National Women’s Cricket Team for the upcoming Pakistan tour?
I was very surprised when I received the news.
I feel very honored and definitely look forward to the new challenge.
Biggest cricket highlight so far?
Receiving my first SA test and ODI cap.
Which cricketer do you model yourself on?
Who are your favourite cricketers?
Jacques Kallis, Shaun Pollock, Boeta Dippenaar, Rahul Dravid.
Tell us about your hobbies, aside from cricket.
I love watching movies (mainly comedies) and playing golf.
Tender lamb chops with sweet potatoes.
gsport’s theme this month is INSPIRATION, what inspires you?
Knowing God gave me this wonderful talent to life out and hopefully makes a difference in somebody’s life. Knowing also there are people that support me all the way.
Who is your role model?
Shaun Pollock – A legend in cricket, outstanding personality.
Lance Armstrong – showing that the near impossible is indeed possible. Shows you what a champion and legend is made of.
Why should Corporate South Africa support women’s sport?
Women are also ambassadors of this country. We have come this far without them (sponsors); just imagine where we would be with their help and support. Rest of the world – watch out for SA women!
What is your advice to aspiring female cricketers?
Practice your basics very hard, because a great cricketer does the basics 100% right. You can do anything if you believe in yourself and work very hard.
Greatest cricket dream!
There are too many!!
Becoming the SA captain. Scoring a 100 at Lords. Winning the World Cup for SA. Becoming the best batslady in the history of the game.