30 June 2014

SOS Children’s Villages Youth Plans For Sports To Be Constant Part Of Her Life

(6/30/2014): Nosibuyiselo was born to be an athlete. She has won nine netball medals, a number of handball medals, and a trophy – all of which are proudly on display in her room at the SOS Children's Village Mthatha in South Africa.

Nosibuyiselo is a defender for the SOS under-19 netball team. She plays on her high school team and as on the senior team for the Eastern Cape Handball Association. Last year, she won the Best Player Award.

"At the end of every year, I play in the Eastern Cape Province Championships. We usually bring back the winning trophy for the Eastern Cape," Nosibuyiselo said.

"I really enjoy handball as a sport because it takes you to a lot of places."

So far, her sport has taken her to the South African provinces of Limpopo, Kimberley, and Gauteng.

"The hardest thing about going away to play handball is being with all the people from different backgrounds. I only know how to speak Xhosa [a Bantu language spoken in South Africa] and English. I'd like to speak their languages so I can communicate more, but I can't."

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The language barrier, however, doesn’t stop her. She says that best part is learning about different cultural aspects of the other people and making new friends.

She keeps a strict schedule for the daily demands of sports and schoolwork.

“I need time to do my homework. Training is between 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. and then, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. it is study time," she said.

Nosibuyiselo manages to keep her grades high because she sticks to this rigorous schedule.

She is careful about what she eats and jogs every morning for 25 minutes before school. Like any teenager, she also finds time for fun on the weekends and enjoys playing board games.

"I like to listen to music - golden oldies and R&B. I also enjoy reading magazines such as True Love and Bona."

Nosibuyiselo hopes that her passion for handball will take her far beyond her SOS Village.
"I hope this sport can take me to Germany, where it originated, and I can play for the South African team," Nosibuyiselo said.

But, if that dream doesn't pan out, she has another plan.

"I want to teach other girls at the SOS Village to play handball because it's such a great sport and will be a good start for me becoming a handball trainer."

With her natural talent and formidable ambition, Nosibuyiselo is destined to excel at any path she chooses.

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