Monday, 10 June 2019

Lecturer in World University Games

OFFICIAL: Education lecturer Genevieve Lentz will be jetting off to Napoli, Italy, at the end of June to be the Deputy Referee for Table Tennis during the World University Games. OFFICIAL: Education lecturer Genevieve Lentz will be jetting off to Napoli, Italy, at the end of June to be the Deputy Referee for Table Tennis during the World University Games.

An education lecturer will be flying the CPUT flag high during the World University Games in Italy.

Genevieve Lentz will be jetting off to Napoli at the end of June after being selected as the Deputy Referee for Table Tennis. The Games will be held from 3 to 14 July.

“I am excited about the games. As a student at university, we played qualifiers for the World Games and were promised overseas trips but they never happened,” says Lentz. “This achievement shows that academics can lead balanced lives, even though it’s difficult for them to do so.”

She will preside over all the matches played during the tournament including medal matches.

While Lentz started officiating in the sport as an umpire more than a decade ago, she qualified as the first female referee on the African continent in 2017.

At the London 2012 Olympic Games, she officiated as an umpire, including a Women’s Semi-final.

Last month she officiated her first stint as a referee in Ghana at the ITTF World Juniors and Cadets Championships as well as the African Junior and Cadets Championships respectively.

Among other duties, referees and their deputies are responsible for doing the draws, allocating umpires to matches and overseeing the tournament.

Each championship is overseen by one referee and two deputies.  

Lentz started lecturing at CPUT last year and is also enrolled towards a Master’s degree in Education at the university.

Besides teaching English, she is the Umpires Convenor for Cape Town Table Tennis.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

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