LIMPOPO – Local tennis star Kgothatso Montjane received the title of Disabled Sportswoman of the Year from Gauteng at the Gauteng Sport Awards held at the Gallagher Convention Center on November 13.
The awards were meant to celebrate the achievements of South African sports stars who have performed well throughout the year. Montjane has participated in the major Grand Slam tennis tournaments this year and she became the first African woman and the first black South African to play in the Wimbledon final in London in July.
The 35-year-old Seshego is ranked fifth globally and number one in Africa. She participated in her first Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008, then in London and Rio de Janeiro in 2012 and 2016 respectively.
In 2018, she became the first African wheelchair tennis player to compete in the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open in the same calendar year.
She also competed in the Paralympic Games which took place in Tokyo in September this year. She recently received the Sasol Global Woman in Sport Award from Gsport16 and the Brand South African Paralympic Sport Star Award.
Montjane also reportedly said she was honored and grateful for the award. “What makes a great athlete is his determination and his courage to keep going despite all the challenges because it’s difficult on the pitch, but you just have to keep your head up and keep going despite these challenges.”