Celebrated netballer Cheludo David’s dream of turning professional is on the verge of becoming a reality following her departure for Australia to attend trials.
David jetted off on Friday to go and join Australian side Wood Panthers for a three months trial. The 21-year-old Sebina native is known for her wonderful performance during the Under 21 Netball Youth World Cup dubbed #Reabatsaa which was held in Botswana in 2017. Since then she has been a household name locally. She plays for Tasc.
Basadi Bomme Trust under the leadership of Tebogo Lebotse-Sebego came to David’s rescue by mobilising some individuals to raise funds for her trip. Amongst the entities which have extended a helping hand is My Spar My Botswana which parted ways with P20, 000 while Shashe West MP Fidelis Molao contributed close to P10, 000.
Standing at 1, 9 metres, Cheludo has 12 national team caps having represented both the senior and junior teams at various international events. Amongst her major achievements are silver medals from 2015 Botswana Games, My Spar My Botswana national league and Under 20 Africa Union Sports Council Region 5 games which were held in Angola in 2016. In addition, she played during the U21 Africa Netball Youth Cup qualifiers and the Netball World Youth Cup in Gaborone in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
Speaking at the farewell ceremony on Wednesday, David promised to work hard such that she secures a permanent deal with the club.
“I swear that I will do my best and make you all proud. Obviously the hard work and commitment will work for all of us, such that the rest of my former teammates at Dinaletsana join me in Australia,” she said.
Sharing David’s netball journey Lerato Thebekgosi said that the towering goal shooter was recruited from basketball.
“She started as basketball player but in 2015 she joined netball with the influence of her father. This is a great start for her looking at the fact that in a short period of time she has already made a mark. Go and work hard, be determined and disciplined and you will succeed,” said Thebekgosi – a representative of Botswana Netball Association (BONA).
For her part Spar Supermarket representative, Retha Ingenbleek urged David to utilise the opportunity and reiterated her company’s commitment to supporting women and netball.