A number of dramatic changes have occurred in 2017 in Mind Sports South Africa to make MSSA a better and more representative national federation..
Such changes include the election of Morizane Boyes as President, making her the first female to ever hold such office, as well as true gender equity being attained on MSSA’s Management Board.
2017 too sees the National Squad for League of Legends also having gender equity. As a result it only stands to reason that Protea teams selected such squad will further reflect the massive changes occurring within MSSA – and the country as a whole.
Thus the League of Legends team selected to do battle against Switzerland (as represented by SESF) in an official IeSF test match on 9 September 2017 sees, for the first time, twice as many females included than ever before.
Such inclusion of both Simone Beck and Jade Klein is largely due to the efforts of Maryke Kennard who broke through many of the preconceived notions and was a valuable asset to both the 2015 and 2016 Protea Teams that participated in both Seoul and Jakarta.
The Protea team to play against Switzerland shall consist of the following players:
Brandon Fester (Captain),
Connor Cryans, and
MSSA is convinced that the Protea Team will do South Africa proud as they play from MWEB’s MCAVE on 9 September 2017.
Photograph: Top (left to right): Brandon Fester (Captain), Simone Beck, Jade Klein
Bottom (left to right): Connor Cryans, Brett Whitehead