Wheelchair tennis champion, Kgothatso Montjane, leads Team South Africa’s Tokyo 2020 Paralympic squad, which also includes two-time gold medallist, Zanele Situ.
The squad was announced on Saturday, 14 August 2021 live on SABC 3 and compromises of 13 female athletes.
“Wimbledon was a confidence boost and I’m looking forward to Tokyo,” said Montjane, who will be making her fourth appearance at the Games.
The world no.6 is determined to come back with a medal: “I’ve always said in Tokyo I just want to aim for a medal – it doesn’t matter which colour – and after my performance at Wimbledon I don’t see why it’s not attainable,” she added.
Another wheelchair tennis star to look out for is Mariska Venter who will be making her Paralympic debut after receiving a wild card entry from the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
“I’ve worked hard for this for the last seven years,” said Venter, who was delighted to be selected after missing the cut for the 2016 Rio Games.
The world no.35 went on to express her excitement about her participation at the Games: “I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to gain this experience on the biggest stage. It’s a dream come true, and I can’t wait to live the dream,” she added.
Katherine Swanepoel swam into her Paralympic qualification earlier this year at the South African National Aquatic Championships by setting a new South African Record time in the multi-disability section.
Zanele Situ who was the first black South African Female to win a Gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics will be making her sixth appearance at the tender age of 50.
SA Paralympic Squad:
Cornelia (Lappies) Swanepoel
Cayla van der Walt
Robyn van Lijsdonk
Photo Caption: Wheelchair tennis champion, Kg Montjane, leads Team South Africa’s Tokyo 2020 Paralympic squad, which also includes two-time gold medallist, Zanele Situ. Photo: Tennis SA (Twitter)