Ken Borland
Sports Journalist
4 minute read
19 Sep 2019
6:47 am

Women in Sport: Never give up is Khanyisa’s credo

Ken Borland

Netball taught this geography guru, who experienced a lot of hardships, a whole lot of life lessons.

Khanyisa Chawane of South Africa looks on during the semi final match between Australia and South Africa at M&S Bank Arena on July 20, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Khanyisa Chawane lost her mother when she was 14 and six years later the family’s house in Bushbuckridge burnt down, but the 23-yearold netballer is a shining example of someone rising above adversity. Chawane was one of the younger members of South Africa’s squad at the Netball World Cup earlier this year and the centre is the understudy to Proteas captain Bongi Msomi, but she nevertheless impressed with her determined attitude whenever she got on court during their phenomenal run to the semifinals. “Difficult circumstances don’t determine who you will be or where you will go, you can use them...