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Goal to succeed: Help to get teen to Western Province netball tourney

An aspiring netball player from Lansdowne is determined to defy the odds and rise above the humiliations and adversity she endured as a child.

Dimercia Jonas, who stands 1.8 meters tall in her tekkies, claims she was severely tormented for her length in primary school, but that same "liability" has been the key to her success. Dimercia, a 16-year-old from Wetton Road, has been selected to compete in the Erica Western Province Netball Tournament, which will be held in Mossel Bay at the end of this month.

The Grade 11 pupil from Voortrekker High School plays goal defense for the Ahana Netball Club and says she was picked for the Mossel Bay competition after attending trials in Bellville in June. “I am ecstatic about this chance; I worked hard for it, and I intend to take full use of it,” she says.

“No one would have guessed a quiet girl like me could make it so far in sports,” she says. “Because of my height, I used to get taunted and bullied. “I've always been the tallest in my class, and other kids used to tease me about it. “I used to think there was something wrong with me, so I used athletics to clear my mind and get over my problems.

“On the court, I could be myself and do whatever I wanted, and look where that has gotten me now. “I'd like to play at a national level and possibly expand out into basketball, but I haven't found a team yet.” The athlete is presently raising funds for the event in Mossel Bay. She will require R3525 for the three-day trip, which will cover her lodging, equipment, and food.

“I hope I can raise the funds I need for my trip to Mossel Bay and serve as an inspiration and a positive example to others that your past does not define your destiny,” the teen girl says. The meisie aspires to play for the national netball team and pursue a career as a medical doctor after graduation.

Her and her four brothers rely on their unemployed parents, who subsist on her father's pastoral income. If you want to help Dimercia, call her at 065 817 9947.

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