Netball South Africa have appointed Dorette Badenhorst as the new head coach of the Spar Proteas and she will be assisted by Dumisani Chauke. “It’s a huge privilege, honour and responsibility to coach the SPAR Proteas team,” said Badenhorst.
The Spar Proteas have been without a coach at the helm following the departure of Norma Plummer after the 2019 Netball World Cup in England and Netball South Africa have been out and about in search of her suitable replacement. Plummer ensured that the Proteas finish fourth at this year’s global showpiece.
Badenhorst is no stranger to the Proteas set up as she was part of the management team that participated at the World Cup in England.
“Thank you to Netball South Africa for believing in me and for giving me the opportunity to contribute and make a difference in each player’s life. I look forward to working together with my team to make South Africa proud of the SPAR Proteas and continue to be a reckoned team in world netball,” said Badenhorst.
Chauke was the interim coach of the Proteas team that participated at the 2017 Commonwealth Games in Australia and she has been working as the under 21 Protea’s assistant. The former Proteas player has also been coaching the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Varsity Netball team.
“I am truly grateful for the opportunity and honour to serve my country through netball at senior level. I am very excited about this new chapter in my netball journey and life. Looking forward to the challenges, opportunities, and adventures that lie ahead”, said Dumisani Chauke, Spar Proteas Assistant Coach.
The pair, Badenhorst and Chauke have been a part of the team of coaches that worked with Norma Plummer during her tenure as the head coach of Proteas. Plummer was a mentor to both and imparted her knowledge onto them.
Netball South Africa President, Cecilia Molokwane said, “We had to make sure that we check all the boxes and do the balances before we could announce the Spar Proteas coach, the national team has been on the rise for some time and for us we want to make sure that we keep up the pace and momentum, for that to happen we need(ed) to make sure that whoever we appoint can get us exactly that.
The President continued to say, “not only did we have to go look for a new coach, but we also had the task of finding the right team to work with the coach and I am glad to confirm that we have found them.”
The coach’s first task will be competing at the 2019 Africa Netball Cup in Cape Town between the 18th till 22nd October in Cape Town before taking England end of November in the same city.
Bongiwe Msomi still remains the captain of the side alongside Karla Pretorius who was named Player of the Tournament at the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup.
The new coach has their work cut out for them as the world now has their eyes set on South Africa who are the best ranked African team according to International Netball Federation (INF) rankings released in August of this year.