LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JULY 21: Karla Pretorius is name “Player of the Tournament” at the prize-giving during the Vitality Netball World Cup at M&S Bank Arena on July 21, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Reg Caldecott/Gallo Images)

Liverpool, United Kingdom: Despite the SPAR Proteas falling short of a podium finish at the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup in Liverpool on Sunday, they were given some consolation with the news that their wing defence Karla Pretorius was named Player of the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup.

Pretorius was honoured during the medal ceremony in front of a pact M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.

“I feel very honoured to have been named the best player of the World Cup. You are only as good as those around you and the team did so well at this World Cup, and even though we won’t return home to South Africa with a medal I know that we all put our hearts and souls into each and every game in Liverpool and can hold our heads high. This good run obviously was what inspired me to play as well as I did and I am grateful to have been recognised by the tournament and given this very special award” said Pretorius.

The last South African to win the same award was Erin Burger ironically was the touring roommate of Pretorius who was given player of the 2011 Netball World Cup in Singapore.

“When Erin won the award eight years ago it really inspired me. I have always believed that we can compete with the best in the world even though we don’t play as often as we would like against the top nations. Me winning this award shows that South Africa have the talent, players and team to go to the top. I am excited about the future of the SPAR Proteas” continued Pretorius.

Pretorius returns to Australia on Monday to re-join The Sunshine Coast Lightening team for the remainder of the Super Netball League there.

Meanwhile supermarket giant SPAR announced that they would better their bonus promised to the SPAR Proteas in Liverpool. SPAR as team sponsor originally announced if the team win gold they would pay R1mil to the team, R750k for silver and R250 for bronze plus R200k for qualifying for the semi-finals.

SPAR announced through the President of Netball South Africa, Cecilia Molokwane that they would reward the team with R1.2 million in appreciation for the SPAR Proteas sterling effort at the 2019 Vitality World Cup.

PROFILE: KARLA PRETORIUS

Karla Pretorius
Personal information
BornKarla Mostert
12 March 1990 (age 29)
East London, Eastern Cape, Republic of South Africa
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
SchoolLaerskool Hennopspark,
Hoërskool Zwartkop,
Centurion
UniversityUniversity of the Free State
OccupationProfessional Netball Player / Dietician
SpouseWerner Pretorius
Married9 September 2017
Netball career
Playing position(s): GD, WD 2009 – 2015 UFS Netball (Kovsies), RSA 2013 – 2016 Free State Crinums, RSA 2016 – Team Bath, UK 2011 – Present SPAR Proteas, RSA (Caps 77)2016 – Present Sunshine Coast Lightning, AUS