Netball star Nolusindiso Twani has had a successful year, but the Nelson Mandela University student said it was not an easy journey.
Twani was named Sportswoman of the Year at the Nelson Mandela University’s Achievers Awards last week, an achievement she said inspired and convinced her to continue growing on court.
“I was shocked to receive this award,” said the 21-year-old goal shooter, who hails from Uitenhage but lives on campus in Port Elizabeth. “I was very happy, it was such a great honour and I was really humbled by it.
“Before this, I’d been asking myself ‘what next?’ and this made me realise that there are people who watch you and look up to you. I can’t just stop now, I have to keep going not just for myself but also for those who look up to me.”
The 21-year-old said she would grow from the many challenges she faced this year and learn from them moving forward.
Twani represented the national U21 team at the World Youth Netball Championships in Botswana in July and was a force to be reckoned with at provincial level too.
The third-year sports management student played for the Eastern Cape Aloes in the Brutal Fruit national competition and for the SPAR Madibaz in the Varsity Netball tournament, during which she won three best-shot awards.
“The highlight for me was undoubtedly the worlds in Botswana. That was the one time where, after every game, you felt like you’d left everything on court.”
She admitted that she had steadily grown in confidence throughout the nine-day competition.
“I was always a player who wasn’t too sure of herself, but, after that experience, I’ve tried to use that confidence to my advantage in all my other performances.”