Amawheelagirls’ Michelle Moganedi is looking forward to representing South Africa at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The 20-year-old from Johannesburg is a BEng Tech in Extraction Metallurgy student at UJ and will lead the women’s 3×3 team at the prestigious international event in Birmingham.
The wheelchair basketball team displayed fine performances, winning all their games against Kenya at the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation Africa Qualifiers on the 9th of October 2021.
Speaking with Tlamelo Kganakga, Moganedi chats about living out her purpose and reveals Thembi Kgatalan and Refiloe Jane as her inspirations.
Michelle, thank you for chatting to us. Please tell us about yourself.
I’m Michelle Mmasefako Moganedi, I am 20 years old, and I am a paraplegic. I grew up in Johannesburg in the CBD.
You are studying BEng Tech in Extraction Metallurgy. How do you balance sports and academics?
Balancing school and sport most definitely aren’t easy but the love for sport forces me to find time for sport even with my tight school schedule.
When did you start playing wheelchair basketball?
I started playing wheelchair basketball mid 2019, but I was initially introduced to it at the rehabilitation centre I was at by my physiotherapist and occupational therapist.
What does your job entail at the Sports for Students with Disabilities Club?
My job is to give work on my art and give results. My job is to inspire those who are like me.
Let’s talk about 2022 Commonwealth Games. How do you feel about leading the 3×3 wheelchair basketball team?
Honestly, I feel honoured. It came as a shock, and I am grateful for the experience.
Are there any tournaments that you are competing in ahead of the Commonwealth Games?
Yes, I will have a few games before the Commonwealth Games. I will be using these games to prepare and to improve myself and the skills I have.
The upcoming tournament is called the Vodacom Challenge where different provinces compete to win the Vodacom Cup and these take place at Mandeville Sports Club.
Who are the sportswomen you admire and why?
The sports women I admire would be the likes of Thembi Kgatlana and Refiloe Jane. Their love for soccer drives me and not forgetting their achievements.
What else are you hoping to achieve in your career?
Playing for an international club would be the cherry on top.
What is your greatest ambition?
My greatest ambition is to live up to my purpose.
What do you think of gsport and its impact on women’s sports?
I think gsport has a great impact when it comes to women in sport. It let’s the world know that women aren’t just participating but are competing.
What do you think we as media can do to amplify women’s sports coverage?
I believe the media could dig deeper, and the media could also amplify women sport coverage by giving women in sport more of a voice.
Photo 1 Caption: Amawheelagirls’ Michelle Moganedi is looking forward to representing South Africa at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Photo: Supplied