Karla Mostert

Netball player

‘I was never chosen for provincial teams in school, says South African netball champion Karla Mostert. “But I always kept on working hard and didn’t give up, and now I bear the fruit of that.”

Mostert played various sports at school, but because netball is a team sport, it was one of her favourites. “There are so many aspects to the game like you need to have speed and agility, need to be strong, ball skills are important, as is working in combination and working together in a team.” Mostert has mastered these aspects of the game. She is the vice-captain of the Spar Proteas, which she has represented since 2011, accumulating 56 caps to date. Mostert also represented the Free State Crinums during the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League (BFNPL) in 2014, 2015 and 2016. She was named Players’ Player of the BFNPL in 2014, and Best Player of the BFNPL in 2015.

Mostert, who is a qualified dietician, has traversed continents playing the game she loves. In England she represented Team Bath in the Vitality Netball Super League and was one of five players nominated for Sky Netball’s Netball Super League Player of the Season. She was also awarded the Team Bath Netball Super League Fans’ Player of the Year title for the 2015 season.

She currently represents Sunshine Coast Lightning in the Australian netball league, better known as the Suncorp Super Netball League. She is the first South African to feature in this league. Unlike South Africa, in Australia netball is a professional sport, which means that Mostert is being paid to do what she loves most. It also means that her training schedule is rigorous and includes three gym sessions, two to three oncourt/ skill sessions, one to two conditioning/ fitness sessions, one to two off-court sessions, and one league match at weekends, in a week of a season which lasts all of nine months. But she loves every minute of it. “It is always a big honour representing my country. Especially in big tournaments like Commonwealth G a m e s a n d Wo r l d N e t b a l l Championships. And when I play in leagues l i ke Australia and England, I’m not just representing myself but South Africans as well, and that is a huge honour and very special for me.”

— Fatima Asmal

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