The University of Johannesburg (UJ) netball player Owethu Ngubane is fresh from participating in the Fast5 Netball World Series that took place in Christchurch Arena, New Zealand from 5 to 6 November 2022.
The South African netball team finished in second place after losing to Australia 34-20 in the final, New Zealand finished in third place. The South Africans played five matches against England, Australia, Jamaica, New Zealand and Uganda excluding the final match.
“I am excited and overwhelmed by the experience. It means a lot to me because of the responsibility I carry as a young national player – it is a dream come true,” says Ngubane.
The netballer from KwaZulu-Natal Province was previously part of the Cheetahs Netball Academy. Prior to the Fast5 Netball Series, she played for the South Africa team in the Confederation of Universities and Colleges Sports Association (CUCSA) Games in Lilongwe, Malawi, between 28 August and 03 September 2022. She is also one of the 24 players who received professional netball contracts by Netball South Africa from 1 April 2022 to December 2023.
“When I started playing netball, I was not sure about the sport. In my primary school, I was one of the taller girls, so, the school coach approached to ask that I join the play netball team. I had a bad start, but I continued to learn and worked harder to get better. I am proud of where I am now,” Ngubane explains.
She is a UJ Road Transport Management student and the senior netball team player.