On National Youth Day in South Africa, Wheelchair Tennis SA has announced its great pride and joy in celebrating the sporting achievements of Kgothatso Montjane among its accomplished champions, each one of the young inspiring athletes having excelled in their short tennis careers, and having shown that no disability holds them back.
Kgothatso Montjane hails from Seshego Polokwane, ranked 9th internationally in the women’s division in wheelchair tennis.
Montjane who was born with a congenital birth defect and had to have her left leg amputated below the knee.
SA’s no.1 women started playing tennis when she was 20 years old and has a BSC degree in Recreation and Leisure from the University of Venda and is currently studying Retail Business Management at UJ.
SA’s golden girl, fondly referred to as “KG”, also joined the WTSA residential programme in 2010 and has won an impressive 29 singles titles, with the latest being the ACSA Gauteng Open on 1 May 2012.
KG has also recently had an impressive win over world number two Aniek van Koot (NED) in the Japan Open quarter finals, beating van Koot 46 63 62. The strong and tenacious athlete was voted SA Sports women of the year with a disability in 2010 and was runner up in the Gauteng Sports women of the year with a disability in the same year.
KG is definitely one to watch at the upcoming Paralympics in London later this year.
WTSA’s Director and Coach Holger Losch said: “We are proud of the athletes and celebrate their successes and losses with them.
“The future is bright for WTSA thanks to the commitment, dedication and hard work of the tennis players and our sponsor, Airports Company South Africa.”
Participation in local and international tournaments is made possible by a generous sponsorship from Airports Company South Africa, the official sponsor of the sport.