Rising Netball umpire, Kgalalelo Morwe’s aspirations is to become head of umpires in the near future as she was recently the youngest official at the Male National Netball Championships.
Morwe, who is also a netball player, reveals that she was encouraged by her coach to venture into umpiring and has since been working towards pursuing her officiating career.
Inspired by North West netball star, Vivian Foko, Morwe is hoping that her strides in the game will open more doors for the next generation.
She advices young girls who aim to pursue a career in sport to always go the extra mile as their hard work will eventually pay off.
Speaking with Nonto Nothana, Morwe shares details about her journey and having a positive winning attitude.
Kgalalelo, thank you for taking the time to speak to gsport. You were the youngest umpire at the Male National Netball Championships. How did that make you feel?
I really don’t have words to describe how proud I was to be part on the Males National Netball Championships tournament. I was overjoyed and over the moon. It was just a whole rollercoaster of emotions but I was super proud of myself.
What was the experience like being part of the tournament?
“The level of playing compared to the females is different and that made it fun to watch and officiate the games.” – Rising Netball umpire, Kgalalelo Morwe
It was a learning curve and a great experience. It was beautiful and there was just a lot to learn. The level of playing compared to the females is different and that made it fun to watch and officiate the games.
Please tell us more about yourself.
Kgalalelo is an extrovert, bold and LOUD. I’d like to believe that I get along with people very well, kind, a people’s person and a leader.
I’d like to believe that I’m a very confident person and I show it by how I carry myself. I am very bold and I think it comes with my confidence level being high.
You are a netball player and currently netball umpire. What led you to this path?
We have a development team, so one Friday, our coach was like, “I need you guys to do more than just play because there’s more to netball than playing” and with the netball knowledge I had everything then built up to where I am today.
For a young woman being in charge of a men’s game, do they listen to you and the rules that they need to adhere to?
“It all has to do with you as a person, if you take charge and show them that you know what you’re doing then they won’t really try and take chances with you. – Morwe speaks on officiating men’s games.
It gets difficult with the level of the game. The more profession, the less problems you will have as an umpire. It all has to do with you as a person, if you take charge and show them that you know what you’re doing then they won’t really try and take chances with you or disrespect you, they will take your call as it is. I remember the one feedback I got from the greatest was that I should have taken more game management with a few players but overall it was good.
When did you start playing netball?
I started playing netball at the age of seven, I was in grade 1.
Who inspired you as a young netball player and an upcoming umpire?
As a young netball player it was Vivian Foko from the North West. I remember watching Brutal Fruit now known as Telkom Netball League, I was very astonished on how she handled herself and her not being a loud person, she was heard and her confidence also made me believe in myself and pushed my dream off.
Do you think attitude is a factor in winning?
Attitude definitely has an impact on whether you guys are going to win the game or not. Netball is a mind game, once your mind is out of it then there’s really not much you can do, so a positive attitude will definitely help you in winning and even if you don’t win but at least you would have tried your best with the proper attitude.
Besides your role as an umpire and netball player, what else are you involved in?
I am a student.
What has been your biggest highlight to date?
Being part of the Males National Championships.
One word that describes you?
What is your favourite food to eat the night before a big competition?
Pasta and mince.
What do you still aspire to achieve in 2021 and beyond?
I would love to get my SA B grading this year and hopefully be head of umpires in the near future.
What advice can you give to a young lady in sports who would love to see herself doing what they love professionally?
You will not always get the support that you need but if you know what you want go for it. Always put yourself first and put in a 150 percent every time you do something that you love, it will always pay off. Motivate yourself, support yourself and external support is always a bonus.
Photo 1 Caption: Rising Netball umpire, Kgalalelo Morwe’s aspirations is to become head of umpires in the near future as she was recently the youngest official at the Male National Netball Championships. Photo: Supplied