South Africa was the victorious team at the 2014 ITF/CAT Southern African Junior Championships, with Zimbabwe second and Malawi third, 4th place went to the Island of Mauritius. This is an historic achievement for the Malawians who took to the podium for the first time as a team at this event. The Championships, for players aged 12 & under, 14 & under and 16 & under, took place in Gaborone, Botswana and featured 48 Girls and 52 Boys. Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe competed for the team trophy and qualification to the ITF/CAT African Junior Championships, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya in March 2014.
In the individual results, Lee Barnard (RSA) won the gold medal in the 16 & under girls' event, when she beat her twin Zani Barnard (RSA) 64 62, while Amelie Boy (MRI) took the bronze. In the boys 16 & under, gold went to Chisomo Lumeta of Malawi after he beat Calvin Jordaan 64 62 and Tadiwa Chinamo (ZIM) took third place.
The girls 14 & under category saw the 11 year old Zoe Kruger from South Africa in action against her team member Corin de Waal. Kruger lost the tight 3 set final against de Waal (RSA) with a score of 76(3) 36 63. Sariaka Radilofe of Madagascar clinched third place. The boys 14 & under was contested between Philip Henning (RSA) and Eduardo Morais (ANG), with Henning coming out on top 36 63 61. Christiaan Worst (RSA) took the 3rd place in a play-off with Nyathi Motlojoa from Lesotho.
The local crowd had a player to cheer for in Tshegofatso Tsiang (BOTS), when she played against Lara van der Merwe from South Africa in the girls 12 & under section of the Event. Van der Merwe won the match in another tight fought 3 set match with a score of 64 36 63. In the 12 & under boys Khololwam Montsi (RSA) beat Tatenda Mutetwa from Zimbabwe 61 and 64.
The 2014 edition of the Southern African Junior Championships came to an end on Saturday 11 January with a Closing Ceremony at the National Tennis Centre, Notwane Tennis Club. Mr. Nelson Amanze, President of the CAT Zone VI and the BTA, opened the medal ceremony with a display of his language skills greeting all Nations attending in their home language. An inspiring speech was delivered by the BNSC President after which players received medals for their individual results.
The ITF would like to thank the BTA for hosting this very important Event in the Region and also like to thank the BNOC and BNSC for their support.