Sarona Hans is a professional netball player. A 19 year old born and raised in Gaborone, Botswana. Her home village is Karakubis, a village in the Ghanzi District. She is currently pursuing her degree in Aviation at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.
Sarona started playing netball at the age of 9 years old. She took part in school teams, local netball games and was later selected to be the youngest player in the Senior national team of Botswana in 2014. Her current position is Mid-court defense i.e centre, wing defense or goal defense. Hardwork and focusing on achieving her goals has been her main source of drive.
She has been internationally recognised in her netball career by travelling to Singapore, Australia, South Africa, Angola just to name a few inorder to improve her skills and to make her eligible for the Botswana Elite Scholarship which she currently holds.
In 2012, after her participation at Nations Cup games in Singapore, she received a call from the Under 21 national team to play because of her exceptional talent. This led her to signing a 2 months contract with the Singapore National Under 21 Team which gained her recognition in Botswana as she represented the country well.
I remember the day like it was yesterday. Receving that phoncall gave me hope. I knew that after all that hardwork, there was bound to be a reward. Hardwork really does pay off, like the famous saying suggests.
“Playing for Singapore as an international representative was one of my biggest achievements and really proved to me that anything is possible when you believe in yourself and the abilities that God has granted you,” she said in exitement
Sarona is currently studying Bachelor of Aviation to be a Chartered or Airline pilot. Her biggest motivations are her mother, stepdad and the President of the Botswana Netball Association. The Aviation degree admission requires good results.
For Sarona, this meant compromising her sleep after long and exhausting training sessions and games. She had to maintain a good sporting profile inorder to be considered for the Elite scholarship, so she took place in local and international games prior to her Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE).
Her family’s low financial status is the core reason for her continued determination and dedication to achieving her goals. During an interview held recently she proclaimed ,”Haha I would say sleepless nights of studying during my high school days.. ” when asked about the steps she took to be where she is today.
What does this mean for you and your career in Netball?
Sarona : This is a very huge step into my career. Australia being ranked the best in Netball internationally, being in such a team means a lot to me. The training is very intense and this helps to ensure it stays a great and awesome team to partake in! It’s a blessing indeed.
Sarona would like to take this time to thank her beautiful mother for the support she gave her during this crucial time in her life, as it has moulded her into an amazing young woman whom we look upto! We wish you the best in your journey Sasa and continue to inspire and motivate young girls out there to strive and be the best at what they do.🌼