Bongi is the Protea’s captain and one of the sport’s most recognisable and popular athletes. She takes on this role an exciting time for South Africa as it prepares the 2023 Netball World Cup in Cape Town.
World Netball President, Liz Nicholl CBE, believes it is Bongi’s attitude off the court that makes her such an important role model to the Netball Family.
Nicholl commented: “Not only is Bongi an incredible athlete who has brought joy to netball fans everywhere through her dynamic playing style, off the court, her commitment to raising the profile of sport and using netball as a vehicle to empower and educate young women and girls is extraordinary.”
“With the Netball World Cup coming to South Africa in just over two years’ time, Bongi is the perfect person to help us highlight and inspire growth in netball throughout Africa as we head towards this landmark tournament,” she added.
Bongi was equally as excited about her appointment, adding, “Netball has completely changed my life and given me experiences I could never even have dreamt of as a young girl.”
“I am grateful to the people who have paved the way for me, so I am honoured that I will be able to inspire other women and girls and be a role model to them through my position as a World Netball ambassador,” Bongi added.
World Netball will continue to announce ambassadors for remaining regions and core values over the coming weeks.