queen of the courts
THE name Nthabiseng Moabi is synonymous with netball.
Moabi's love for the game started when she was still at primary school. But her talent and sheer commitment to the game saw her carve a special niche for herself. She has already captained the Proteas, the senior national team, in several major international events.
The ravishing 27-year-old, a centre and wing attacker par excellence, took time to talk to Sowetan yesterday.
Q: You were a good tennis player at school and also did not disappoint in athletics, so why did you choose netball?
A: It is true that I played good tennis and I also shone at various meets in athletics, but I chose netball because it is a team sport. Though we have individual talent in netball, I always like to play as a collective.
Q: We know that your love for netball is indisputable and we were taken aback on learning you quit the sport about three years ago. What was the reason?
A: I got a new job and I wanted to familiarise myself with the working environment. I also became pregnant so I decided to take a break to bond with my child.
Q: Where are you working?
A: I work as a recruitment consultant for Professional Assignment Group in Sandton. I'm happy to work for the group because my employers understand my hectic netball schedule. They accommodate me.
Q: How many years were you out of netball?
A: It was not a long time. I returned in 2007.
Q: Had you not decided on netball, what sport would you have chosen?
A: It would definitely have been tennis.
Q: What car do you drive?
A: BMW 1 Series.
Q: If money were no issue, which car would you be driving?
A: BMW X6.
Q: How do you relax?
A: Spending ample time with my little boy Bokamoso. I also find it relaxing at the gym.
Q: Are you married?
A: (laughing) No.
Q: What music are you currently playing in your car?
A: Leona Lewis' music.
Q: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
A: Any Caribbean island.
Q: What do you miss most about South Africa when you are abroad?
A: People and food.
Q: Your favourite dish?
Q: Which book are you reading?
A: It's Your Time to Activate Your Faith and Achieve Your Dream by Joel Osteen.
Q: What is the first thing you do when you step on to the netball courts?
A: Sheryl McMahon of Australia.
Q: Most embarrassing moment on the courts?
A: (laughing) When I fell on my stomach and my skirt went up in front of a horde of supporters.
Q: Most embarrassing moment off the courts?
Q: What is your favourite movie?
Q: What's your favourite soapie?
A: I don't watch soapies. I prefer going to the gym to watching them.
A: Will Smith and Angelina Jolie.
Q: If you could invite five people over for dinner, who would they be?
A: My mother Victoria Moabi, my mentor Professor Chipeya, my colleague Ipeleng Nare, my manager-mentor at work Jacqueline Singh and my son.
Q:Ifyoucouldraise someone from the dead, who would it be?
A:Mygrandmother, Angelina Mathopa. She taught me to be the best in everything I do and to never settle for less.
Q:Whichprovincial squad and club are you playing for at the moment?
A:TheGauteng Central provincial side and the Chipeya Sport Academy.
Q: Your motto?
A: If you can dream it, you can achieve it.