Wednesday, 25 October 2023

Education student excels in netball

TALENTED: Nika Lambrechts TALENTED: Nika Lambrechts

Education student Nika Lambrechts recently represented the Western Province (WP) u/21 (outdoor) netball team at the Spar National Netball Championships in Rustenburg.

Earlier this year the talented netball player was also included in the WP action netball team, which toured to Pretoria in March.

“We won gold in the 6’s a side division and won sliver in the 7’s division,” she said about the competition in March.

In Rustenburg, her team proceeded to the semi-finals of the Spar Championships and finished third.

“Since I was little, all I wanted was a netball ball. Then at the age of four, I started doing the mini netball clinics. So it all started at the age of four and ever since I never stopped playing. There were downhill times, but I got through it. Even through a badly sprained ankle I kept playing. The doctors told me I can’t play netball for two years and in two months I was on the court again.”

She said netball is her safe space.

“Everyone that knows me well knows that if I had a bad day, the place to find me is on the netball court. When I put my foot on that court, nothing runs through my mind except netball. It is like all my problems disappear. I just love this sport, because it is a team sport and all my co-players become like family.”

The third-year Intermediate Phase student is from Bellville and attended DF Malan High school.

Written by Ilse Fredericks