Monday, June 24, 2024

Local lass Hans scratches her way through in Wildcats territory

Arguably Botswana’s best netball export, Sarona Hans has seemingly done enough to impress the Australian netball fraternity. 

Hans stunned the Australian Brisbane south region netball, the home of the Wildcats, with her excelling performance that saw her selected for the team’s final selection to compete at next year’s 19s division league. 

After an extensive search for players to represent Brisbane at the championships next year, Hans as emerged one of the best 12 out of thousands girls that tried their luck throughout the trials epoch. 

“It was not easy to make it in the final squad to represent Brisbane next year, the competition level was high but I had to focus on my game and play to my best ability. I was very passionate and knew it was vital that I push the extra mile to get a chance to be among the best and here I am,” Hans told Sunday Standard.

The youngster plays along Australian Under-21 players bound to represent their nation next year when Botswana hosts the Netball Youth World Cup. Hans says she is privileged to be part of the team as the experience to be gained next year will see her through to the national team.

‘’I am very humbled to be part of the squad amongst some of the celebrated players that will represent Australia next year at the Youth championships. I have always believed in hard work and will continue to push hard,” said Hans. 

She said that Australian netballers are tactically gifted and playing in such a competition has opened her eyes in the game.

“It is an honour and privilege for me having the opportunity to play against players that have donned the national colours of Australia, which is the best team of netball in the world,” Hans said.

“Everything starts with individual player determination, discipline and hard work and honestly there is a lot of natural talent back home,” said Hans.

The youngster got the opportunity to play in Australia after being awarded an Elite Scholarship by the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) in conjunction with Ministry of Education and Skills Development (MoESD) to further her studies. She left early this year to study aviation accompanied by two other netballers, Onalenna Phetso, who studies laboratory medicine, and Winnie Hill, Bachelor of Science degree.



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