Super Sne keeps smiling

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By the click of your mouse you can easily access thousands of motivational quotes on the internet. But sometimes it is better to look at other people for inspiration and not an App - for what happens to you in life, can make you stronger.

And Hoërskool Middelburg’s Sne Mdletshe is definitely an inspiration.

A car accident in her primary school years nearly resulted in serious damage to the nerves of her knee. But – in her own words – she was lucky and today she is one of the top school athletes in the province.

The 16 year-old is not only a track star, she is also a threat on the netball court. She received the trophy for the best defender during Middies’ tour to Afrikaans Hoër Meisieskool during the Easter holidays and has been a regular in the provincial squad since her u/13 year.

Not being the tallest of players, she relies on her natural agility to challenge taller opponents, while she also has the ability to perform anywhere on the court - strengths that are more than just appreciated by her first team coach, Heleen Smit.

“Nothing beats pace and Sne has it in abundance. She is hard on herself and immediately corrects a mistake when she does make one. She is energetic and breathes new life into any position she plays.”

But what does the girl in question prefer, defense or the more pivotal role of a centre?

“I enjoy defense, but when I play centre, I get to run around a lot!” she says with a broad smile.

She dreams of playing for the Proteas and to be recognised as a player in the tough Australian and New Zealand leagues. She knows that hard work plays a crucial part in achieving these goals.

“I train as often as I can – whether at MSSI (Middies Sport Specific Institute), on the court or on the athletics track.”

Hoërskool Middelburg’s sport scientist, Magda Nieuwoudt, believes that Mdletshe’s biggest asset is her explosive power.

Whether at the start of the 200 m at the South African Schools Athletics Championships or when intercepting a pass during the Classic Clash, Sne Mdletshe has the ability to cause a big bang.

And that is no theory.

• Sne’s records:
100m: 12.60 seconds
200m: 25.68 seconds
100m hurdles: 14.80 seconds

• Her role-models:
* Me Mandy van der Westhuizen: “For her strength and the way she faces all challenges.”
* Me Magda Nieuwoudt: “For the determination and courage she displays in basically everything she does.”
* Nanet van der Linde (teammate and headgirl): “She is very mature for her age!”