We took the time to speak to Spar Proteas Netball team Captain Bongi Msomi, and during this interview we were reminded that if there is one thing clear on this incredible journey we call life, it is that the sign of a truly successful individual is humility.

Bongi was born in Hammarsdale – Kwazulu-Natal on 19 January 1988 to a cultural family with 8 siblings, to the extent that being a woman the first time she wore pants was in grade 11 because of her exposure to netball.

“Schooling was one of the best things that happened to me, every time I talk about this people can’t believe where I come from but it has made me who I am today” said Bongi on her upbringing and the impact her school had on her. “I went to Luthayi High School and that is where I started playing my netball. I only started playing netball in grade 11.”

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 25: Samantha Sinclair of the Silver Ferns and Bongi Msomi in action during the Netball Quad Series match between South Africa and New Zealand at Ellis Park Arena on January 25, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images)

Interestingly from the very early stages Bongi started playing netball the script of what was to come was written in the stars.

“The reason I started playing netball was because I went to watch some of my high school friends playing netball, and I remember there were 13 players and they were short of one player to play a full match so I just started playing.” Well from making up the numbers to the discovery of a talent she explained “because I had been watching the sport, I knew the rules and subsequent to that game the coach asked if I could join the team for the next training session.”

The rest of the interview proceeds on Grit Sports TV with Bongi highlighting key moments in her life and career that moulded her as a world beater. Please don’t forget to subscribe to the Grit Sports TV YouTube channel.


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