Lucas Sithole, world ranked no.2 had an excellent start at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters quad final in California, winning the first set, 6-0 against the world no.1 David Wagner, from the USA. The defending champion Wagner came back strong and took the second set, 6-2. Sithole could not get the upper hand and lost 0-6, 6-2, and 6-2 to Wagner.

Top seeds Yui Kamiji, from Japan and Jordanne Whiley, from Great Britain, faced third seeds Sabine Ellerbrock from Germany and Kgothatso Montjane from South Africa, in the ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters women’s final. Kamiji and Whiley clinched the title by winning, 6-4, and 6-1.

“We would like to congratulate both Lucas Sithole and K.G. Montjane for their superb performances at the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters and the ITF Wheelchair Doubles Masters. Thank you for flying our flag high,” said WTSA PR Manager, Bianca Morkel.

Natalie humbled by MBE Award

Retired paralympian, Natalie du Toit, has joined singer, Adele and actor, Rowan Atkinson, who starred in the popular series, Mr Bean, as a recipient of the honourary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Du Toit, who has won 13 gold medals and two silvers in swimming competitions, was handed the award by the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, for her contribution to paralympic sports. Du Toit said she was honoured.

“I am completely humbled. It is unbelievable and it will sink in after a few days. The award does not change my responsibility to society I just have to continue to be the best that I can be.”

Prince Edward and Princess Sophie were visiting South Africa as part of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation and its local chapter, The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment Trust.

The award program is open to young people aged between 14 and 24. There are more than 15 000 young people in South Africa actively participating in the award program in all provinces.

The program focuses on individual challenge and development. With guidance from adult award leaders, every young person is encouraged to reflect upon his or her interests, abilities and ambitions, and set challenges in the four different sections, says Martin Scholtz, Chief Executive of the President’s Award for Youth Empowerment.

Source: The Mercury