July 14, 2024

Chawane relishing new coaching journey

CAPE TOWN – Coaching and giving back to the younger generation is in Khanyisa Chawane’s mind as she hopes to plough back her netball knowledge.

The 27-year-old is the UFS-Kovsies netball team assistant coach which is currently participating in the Varsity Netball tournament.

Chawane admits she enjoys the new journey she has taken, to coach where it all started but she is confident her new path won’t affect her playing career.

“I think I was so focused on studying and being a player that I didn’t realise that you can actually be able to give back your knowledge so early,” said Chawane.

“So it was such a great opportunity when coach Burta [de Kock] came to me and said, do I want to coach the university so I thought let me just give it a try and actually I’m really enjoying it.”

The Spar Proteas wing attack and centre was part of the South African team that took part in the recent Netball World Cup held in Cape Town.

The Tzaneen born was this week announced as the new addition to Welsh side, Cardiff Dragons for the 2024 season.

Dragons play in the Netball Super League, a top-level netball league featuring teams from the United Kingdom.

She’s familiar with playing in the league as she previously played for Team Bath.

“When I was called to assist I wasn’t really scared because these are players that I play with but it was definitely a different look into it or perspective so I was more excited than I was scared,” she said.

“When I play overseas I’ll definitely continue with coaching and giving courses and stuff like that to the people that are there, or the kids that are in the country I will be at.”

“But coming back to Varsity Netball it usually happens after the end of the season, the overseas leagues. So I would still consider coming back and helping the university.”

This year’s Varsity Netball saw a few Spar Proteas players and former players leading the sides.

UJ is headed by Spar Proteas captain Bongiwe Msomi, and veteran goalkeeper Phumza Maweni assisting the Cape Town based side, UWC.

Chawane believes having national players as coaches in this year’s tournament is what the players need.

“It’s really great to have us here assisting in this tournament because we’ve learned so much at the World Cup, we got so much knowledge and it’s so great to come back and give back to the youngsters that are coming up,” she added.

“It’s good to be able to impact that knowledge onto them and having to just learn to watch from the side as well and actually be able to help them improve and apply that knowledge”

She said coaching is something she would consider doing after her playing career.

“I’d say it’s something I consider doing. I won’t necessarily say it’s something that yes, after playing I’m going into coaching but I would consider it,” she continues.

“It’s a little bit different because you need to look at the game and be able to actually speak to someone in order for them to understand what they need to go on for.

“It’s a little bit different when you are the one that’s doing the job and not having to delegate someone else to do the job. But it’s actually very nice and different and I like that because as a player as well you think differently.”

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