Van der Walt eyes court return

The last time netball star Leandri van der Walt was in the spotlight was last year November after shocking footage of an accident involving her went viral on social media.

26 June 2020 | Sports

LIMBA MUPETAMI

WINDHOEK

Namibian senior women’s netball team player Leandri van der Walt says she is recovering well from the terrible hit-and-run that sent shockwaves across the Namibian community last year.

CCTV footage showed how the driver of a white Citroen ran over Van der Walt several times at a petrol station in Tal Street, Windhoek.

Many Namibians took to social media to condemn the act and wished the Wanderers player well after she suffered severe injuries to her ankle, elbow, neck, shoulder and hips.

After the accident

“Life after the accident has been full of ups and downs. Luckily I have an amazing support system who carried me through it all. Due to the lockdown I had enough time to focus on my physical rehabilitation and I’ve been working hard with my physiotherapist and biokineticist to return to netball strength and fitness,” Van der Walt said.

“Due to Covid-19 I haven’t really missed out on any netball more than other players have,” she added.

Life after M1 Nations Cup

Van der Walt is fondly remembered as the netball player who was involved in Namibia’s triumph at the M1 Nations Cup in Singapore in October, a month before the accident. Namibia beat Singapore 49-42 to win the final match.

Van der Walt said the tournament was amazing. Since then, she has been focusing on her work.

She graduated with an honours degree in business administration last year and is currently employed as a corporate manager at Sakhiwo Health Solutions. She also owns shares in her brother’s company, iNet Consulting Services.

“We can start training together as a team from next week when we migrate to stage four, which I’m very excited about. I hope and pray that we can return to netball competitions and tournaments soon as well,” the player added.

Namibia still needs to wait a while before international participation. According to Netball Namibia’s Rebecca /Goagoses, national games may be organised with strict guidelines during stage four of the state of emergency.

Members of the association will meet over the weekend to discuss the pro’s and cons and will inform the nation of the way forward.

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