Zodwa Maphanga

Table tennis player

Few athletes get to be mentored by Haile Gebrselassie. Zodwa Maphanga is part of the privileged G4S 4teen progamme that boasts the services of the Ethiopian world record holder as its ambassador. Recognised by the South African Table Tennis Board as a player with immense potential, Maphanga has been playing table tennis since she was 12 years old. Gebrselassie's task is to help Maphanga and her international group of promising young athletes qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The 18-year-old Africa under- 21 doubles silver medalist participated in the African Seniors Cup in Congo Brazzaville, Commonwealth Youth Games and the ninth All Africa Games and took the bronze medal in both the doubles and mixed doubles at the South African senior championships last year. In her spare time, the talented ping-pong ball player hosts training sessions for orphaned children from SOS Children's Village in Mamelodi. � Phathisani Moyo

Lunch spot: Capellos, Hatfield