Michelle Moganedi (Selala) reflects on national duty performances in Ethiopia
Michelle Moganedi (Selala), continues her winning streak despite a single win out of four games for the South African senior women’s wheelchair basketball team in Ethiopia. The 2021 University of Johannesburg (UJ) Sport bronze medalist student-athlete has represented South Africa in a number of international championships, which she sees as a valuable experience for her and the team.
She is a member of the UJ Sport for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Club. Moganedi represented the SA national senior women’s wheelchair basketball team 5×5 in the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) Afro World Championships Qualifiers in Ethiopia between 21 and 29 January 2022.
The 20-year-old player from Johannesburg is enrolled for a Batchelor of Engineering Technology in Extraction Metallurgy at UJ. She will lead the women’s 3×3 team at the prestigious international event in Birmingham this year. To qualify for Birmingham, the team put up an impressive display, winning all their games against Kenya at the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation Africa Qualifiers on 9 October 2021.
“Representing South Africa is a big deal. Competing in Ethiopia was a proud moment for me, but it was also a nerve wrecking experience because it was my first time representing South Africa in a 5 on 5 game. Being part of the senior women wheelchair basketball squad means a lot to me; it shows that I am part of the best,” says Moganedi.
Moganedi says the team could have done better, but other factors played a role in affecting the team’s performance. “My experience in Ethiopia taught me a lot, that we have to give our best in everything we do. Confidence in sport players has to always be high, that can help the team do well in any competition,” Moganedi explains.
She also participates in other sporting codes such as javelin, shotput and discus. “I want to be the best and an inspiration to young people in my sport. My plan is to continuously improve my performances,” says Moganedi.