Professional trainer Thabo Molokomme started the handball players’ preparation sessions. Photo: Lizzy Bapela
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Two Under-17 handball players from Rooiberg have been selected to represent South Africa at the International Beach Handball Federation tournament, billed for Mauritius shortly.
The Itireleng High School learners, Karabo Mogoshi and Itumeleng Molekoa, both 16, were selected due to their outstanding performances in the sport, having participated outstandingly in various top tournaments at different levels.
The players will attend training camps frequently, for preparation ahead of the tournament.
The training camp will kick off on Friday, 2 and round off on Monday, 5 June, at East London Beach.
The players’ coach and teacher, Ally Pole, said the dates of the other training camps will be announced in due course.
He added the coastal city beach will be used as a venue for the entire training, with the objective to take advantage of prevalent weather conditions.
He also said this is just so that the players get exposure and gain experience of playing beach handball, as some were used to playing inland.
Mogoshi told The BEAT he always saw other young people playing handball and only decided to join them back in 2015, as he envied playing and excelling in the sports code.
Meanwhile, Molekoa also developed a love for handball in 2015 after seeing his fellow school mates and friends playing it.
He said after learning of several sporting codes, he learned that he could only play handball and volleyball so he chose to stick to handball instead.
Both the players said they were surprised and got too excited after hearing Pole announcing that they were the chosen ones, to showcase their skills at the highest possible level.
They added that their parents were more than happy to hear the news, and remained supportive all the way.
The duo further said they still could not believe they were about to travel beyond the borders of South Africa, for the very first time.
Pole and the duo’s trainer, Thabo Molokomme, expressed pride and joy in what the players achieved, saying that they worked extra hard and deserved all this.
The duo had the experience of starting their training locally at the Waterberg Sports Academy’s high-performance training facilities located at the Settlers Agricultural School on Monday, 29 and Tuesday, 30 May.
They participated at national club championships held at the Tshwane University of Technology in 2015.
They also played outstandingly against big teams and at top tournaments in the province, where they played against, among other opponents, the University of Venda.
“The players’ participation against older players at university level gave them great exposure,” Pole added.
8 months ago 14 June 2017