Archive | December, 2019

Varsity Netballer Jo Prins Cherishes International Netball Ambition

16 Dec

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Q and A Interview With Netballer Jo Prins

Q: You are graduating this year. Will you still be associated with Maties Netball as a player?
Jo Prins: Having graduated and being an alumni, I will always be associated with Maties Netball
Q:2019 was a good netball year for you with several top player awards and selection into the national netball training squad. What have you liked about your 2019 netball season?
Jo Prins: Firstly all Glory to God. It was lovely and humbling receiving all this recognition this year, but a player is only as good as their team allows them to be. I have been blessed with amazing team mates and I cannot achieve anything on my own. It’s a team sport at the end of the day.
Q: Would you like to play pro netball outside SA?
Jo Prins: If the opportunity arises I will grab it with both hands. Looking at players that have been exposed to international leagues and seeing how their game has improved, I would never say no to an opportunity like that.
Q: And your international ambitions? What would you like to achieve?
Jo Prins: Ever since I can remember my dream was to wear the green & gold and represent this beautiful diverse country I love so much on the international stage and that dream has not changed.
Q: What is your routine as a netball player regarding training and playing games?

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Jo Prins: When I’m on the netball court I feel at home. Between those four lines is where I come alive and that is honestly a feeling I can’t put into words. So there’s no real solid routine I follow. I just try to stay in the moment as much as possible and focus on the job at hand for each game and session is different.
Q: Surely you want to be in SA’s 2023 netball World Cup team. Are you working on improving aspects of your game to become a World Cup player? Jo Prins: Personally I feel like if you want to be a great player you have to be a holistic person. The best version of yourself in all aspects and I’m constantly striving to be just that. My motto is “Good. Better. Best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” I strive to be the best. I would love to be in the 2023 WC team, but even before that it would be lovely to make the Commonwealth team and to be apart of this big #TeamSouthAfrica group with various sport codes and people from various backgrounds all coming together with one common goal, making their country proud.
Q:Besides netball and studies what else gets your time?
My family. Netball and studies kept me very busy all these years, so whenever I have free time I spend it with the people I love as much as possible. And on the side I do a little bit of modeling. I would really love to break into the fashion industry. Other than netball, that is also a passion I have. Can the Stings win the national league? I definitely think so! We have everything it takes.
Q: What music do you like?
Jo Prins:I love music. And my music library is very diverse. I have a little bit of everything. It goes from old school R&B to Hip Hop to Alternative to Gqom and then ends up at Amapiano and everything else in between. It honestly depends on my mood. Favourite artist right now at this very moment though are Shon Aalegra, H.E.R. and my girl crush Jorja Smith.
Q:Food?
Jo Prins: Burger, chips and a coke and I’m happy. I really love food, but carbs is the way to my heart Outdoors? I love the ocean and hanging at the beach. I feel like I’m an island girl at heart.
Q: How did you start playing netball? Jo Prins: I started playing when I was 5, but I grew up next to a netball court. My older sister played provincial and actually went to Singapore with the u/18 SA Team. But we got it from our momma. She played during Apartheid and they were SA champs, SASSA 1981, PE. My mom played Center.
Q: Your admired players in netball?
Jo Prins: When I was little I wanted to be Bronwyn Bock when I grow up. I really admired her growing up cause I could see my face reflected in hers. A beautiful and strong coloured woman leading the Proteas. And I’ll never forget meeting her when she awarded me my u/10 (I think) player of the year award. I looked up to her that day as she shook my hand and gave me my little trophy and to this day I still do.
Q: Where would you like to be with netball in five years time?
Jo Prins: I would love to be a professional netball player and do what I love for a living. I want to be who Dr Bronwyn Bock Jonathan was for me growing up for the little coloured girls in South Africa. I want them to see their faces reflected in mine. Play to inspire has always been something I’ve tried to do. This is more than just a game. It’s part of who I am.

White Privilege Selection In South African Women’s Sports Teams Must Be Disrupted By Cheryl Roberts

11 Dec

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Despite post-apartheid South Africa being 25 years old, white domination of national and provincial sports teams in many, many sports still persists. But whites are a minority grouping in SA. Why is white domination of sports teams and white privilege being allowed to thrive in sport in SA?
Look at the women’s national and provincial teams in the sports of netball, hockey, swimming, waterpolo, gymnastics, squash, badminton, golf, cycling, canoeing. So much of these sports are elitist and dependent on money to participate in them. But for how many more years and decades and how much longer is this white domination of women’s sports teams going to be allowed?
Look at the selections for provincial and national girls and women’s teams in hockey and netball. It’s all about white priority selection with white girls and women dominating these teams. That’s not all! The white girls and women get much and most of the game time, when playing provincial and national events. The black players overall don’t get most of the game time, as this is reserved for the white players, especially in netball and hockey.
You can see the latest national women’s training squad of South African women’s hockey reveals a team dominated by white players. The head coach is a white male. In this latest SA women’s hockey squad of about 44 players, only 15 players are not white. Just the other day, a senior netball team and an under 21 netball team represented SA. And both teams were over 70 percent white-dominated.
I was shocked to see how white players dominated game time when the SA u21 netball played Lesotho in Cape Town. It was always about 5 white players out of 7, starting in the three matches SA played against a lowly ranked, struggling Lesotho team. Both the senior netball team and u21 team had black captains. But both team head coaches were white and both coaches gave most of the game time to white players.

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We are shocked to see this white priority selection, especially in netball and hockey. Will South Africa’s 2020 women’s hockey team Olympic team be white-dominated? Will SA’s 2023 netball world cup team be white-dominated?
It’s not about the white players being the best players, with a few blacks here and there, to play for SA. Get this! Its about the white gaze and white superiority mentality that thrives in these white-dominated, white privilege sports!
Both netball and hockey have presidents whom are not white. Why do they allow this white priority selection and game time to thrive in the sports they lead? Black players (all those not white) have been developed in both sports and have attained world class levels in both these sports. So its not about black players needing to be developed and nurtured ‘forever’.
Look at the recent SA u21 netball team. The few black and coloured players had to compete amongst themselves for the minimal game time they got when SA played Lesotho in Cape Town in December. How are more black players gong to get selected for the national netball team when they getting so lttle game time and selection?
In the sports teams of netball and hockey, why is all got to be about protecting and looking after more white players than black players, giving more white players than black players, game time?
Get this! White coacches have a ‘white superiority’ problem. They must get it out of their heads that most white players are mostly superior to black players in sport. And black officials and conscious white officials in these sports must speak out, challenge and disrupt thsi white-domination and white priority game time.
We are going into the 2020’s and we dont want white dominated women’s sports teams representing South Africa. Black players must also be given their opportunities at selection and game time, just as that given to the white players.