25 Feb 2016 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 25 FEB (NAMPA) Senior national netball player, Jaumbuaije Bytjie Zauama has received a four-year sport scholarship to study at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa.
The 22-year-old Okakarara-born player will study biokinetics at that university and play for its netball team. The scholarship covers her study fees and accommodation.
Zauama, who played for Black Africa Netball Club, will be travelling to Cape Town on Friday.
She is the first Namibian to be awarded such a bursary by the university.
She studied marketing at the Namibia University of Science at Technology (NUST) in 2015 and was selected for the senior Namibian national netball team that was supposed to travel to Singapore, but due to financial constrains the team did not travel.
At a media briefing held at the Namibia Sport Commission by Netball Namibia (NN) to announce her departure, Zauama said she was excited to travel to South Africa for studies while also playing the game she loves. She said she is looking forward to gaining as much knowledge as possible.
I am privileged to be the lucky recipient of this bursary and as you know, South Africa is currently ranked number one in Africa and fifth in the world.
Playing with professional netball players on a weekly or even daily basis in South Africa will improve my game and I plan to come use that experience when I come back home at national team level.
Speaking at the same occasion, NN spokesperson Rebekka Goagoses said she hopes this is the start of great things for Namibian netball players.
We will miss Zauama at club level as a Black Africa player but I am grateful that the experience she will gain in South Africa will help the national team in the future to qualify for the 2019 Netball World Cup.
I call on people to start taking netball seriously because it can become a career that will lead you to many things, said Goagoses.
With Zauama, Namibia now has three netball players on international platforms. The others are Keisha Kalomo, who is studying sport in Jamaica, as well as Jatjinda Toetsie Kambatuku, who is currently playing professional netball and studying in London, United Kingdom.