Just a couple of years ago, Namibia’s leading netballer, Jatjinda Kambatuku, better known as Toetsie amongst her vast circle of friends – was just an ordinary young village girl playing the game of netball to while away time.
Not having the slightest idea or aspiration that the ladies’ game would transform her entire life prospects for the better, the lanky Hollywood moviestar look-alike continued to rattle the hoops for club and country with great aplomb.
Her exploits on the netball courts did not go unnoticed and caught the eye of talent scouts from abroad, who scrambled to get her signature.
The gorgeous netball-playing lass was eventually invited for trials by Northhumbria University netball team, which campaigns in the highly competitive English league and as they say, the rest is history.
The strongly-built beanpole Namibian international goal shooter wasted little time, as she quickly established herself as a valuable squad member of her new team – thus endearing herself to the hearts of her British teammates and supporters of the club.
Toetsie’s talent was rewarded with a fully sponsored scholarship to read towards a degree in Sports Development and Management, complemented by Sports Coaching studies at Newcastle College and Northhumbria University, respectively.
She is keen to coach aspiring netballers and subsequently run coaching clinics across the country, because she strongly feel the structures of domestic netball need to be patched up if Namibia is to claim her rightful place amongst the leading netball playing nations of the world.
Toetsie boasts a remarkable resumé on the domestic netball courts, having represented her native country internationally in all age groups from primary and high school level up to the senior netball team. She also skippered the national senior netball team on a few occasions.
Her astronomical academic achievements through netball is clear testimony that sport can offer valuable benefits, if taken seriously and used correctly. Despite her fame, rise to stardom and painfully good looks, the lanky athlete has kept her feet planted firmly on the ground and remained humble.
When at home on vacation, Toetsie can be seen mingling freely with dear old friends, sharing ideas and cracking jokes.