Get to Know: Soweto Ultimate

Meet the young and ambitious Dikwankgetla players from the iconic township of Soweto.

Responses collated by Tee-Kay (Soweto Ultimate)

Female players

  1. Pontsho ‘Scooby’

 

A 16-year-old girl who would kill for a giant burger. A Grade 11 pupil at Kliptown Secondary School. She likes socializing and she is the loudest, athletic and most annoying girl at Soweto Ultimate.

Position: Cutter

Experience: 8 months

Favourite ultimate player: Tee-kay

What do you like most about ultimate: It is the only sport that allows both girls and boys to be in the same team. You get to make new friends, it is also fun and unique.

Your ultimate frisbee goals: I want to turn pro, travel around and represent South Africa.

2.Thato ‘Tay’

 

As she would say “Food is bae”. An 18-year-old Grade 11 pupil at Ibhongo High School, she eats like there is no tomorrow and can eat all day and still be hungry! Known for her great defence abilities-Miss D. She hates running but loves ultimate.

Position: Cutter

Experience: 7 months

Favourite ultimate player: Tee-kay

What do you like most about ultimate: It is versatile, fun and brings equality amongst everyone on the field regardless of their gender and race.

Your ultimate frisbee goals: Play for the next SA U24 team-Wild Dogs.

3.Thato K ‘Meime’

 

She hardly drops a disc-safe hands. Forever in the right position at the right time. Her goals are to be the best Female ultimate player in South Africa and to learn more about the sport. Fun and shy girl, she is a 16-year-old pupil at Providence Academy.

Position: Cutter

Experience: 12 months

Favourite ultimate player: Teekay

What do you like most about ultimate: Everything in Ultimate is interesting, fun and nice

Your ultimate frisbee goals: To be the best ultimate Frisbee player and learn more about the game.

4.Moratuwa ‘Ratu’

 

Avid reader. Aspiring musician, actress and a Cardiologist. The 16-year-old describes herself as ‘potent’. She’s a grade 10 pupil at Thaba Jabula Secondary School.

Position: Cutter

Experience: 10 months

Favourite ultimate player(s): Tee-kay, JB and Fergus

What do you like most about ultimate: The way we treat each and the spirit of the environment we belong to and fit in. the love, peace and respect we have for one another.

Your ultimate frisbee goals: To improve, become a better player and learn more about the game.

5.Tsholofelo ‘Biki’

 

Down to earth and forever smiling just like her big brother captain Fresh. Ultimate Frisbee enhances her mood. She’s a 16 year-old grade 11 pupil at Emshukantambo Secondary School.

Position: Cutter

Experience: 10 months

Favourite ultimate player: Tari

What do you like most about ultimate: You get to play and meet friendly people who want to see Soweto go good and supporting each other as well. You don’t get to see that in another sport.

Your ultimate frisbee goals: To become a key player one day.

  1. Mpone ‘Slow Poison’

 

She is the slowest and controversial 16-year-old you will ever meet. The first to arrive at practise and the first to complain about everything.  She is a grade 10 pupil at Emshukantambo Secondary School.

Position: Cutter

Experience: 9 months.

What do you like most about ultimate: You get to be around people who are forever smiling, helps me to solve problems, issues with minimum arguments. And keeps me busy, away from the bad stuff.

Favourite player: Paul (Wits)

Ultimate Goal: Play for the South African National women’s’ team

  1. Carol ‘Black Jaguar’

 

A 22-year- old South African Under 24 (Wild dogs) player. Ultimate frisbee makes her happy. She loves dancing and cooking, she is creative as well. Working/studying: Unemployed and not studying either.

Position: Cutter/handler

Experience: 8 months

Favourite player: Christine Court

What do you like most about ultimate: It is very unique, Ultimate performs gender equality and it is open to all ages.

Ultimate goal: To gain more experience and become a better player.

Male Players

8. Nhlanhla ‘Fresh’

 

Also known as ‘DD’ disc dropper because he drops the disc more often than he catches it. Soweto Ultimate’s captain, loved by everybody for his lovely personality. He is 22-years-old and does everything: photographer, Rapper, producer etc.

Position: Cutter

Experience: 1 year 7 months

Favourite player: Paul (Wits)

What do you love most about ultimate: It is a mixed gender game and it has a lot of opportunities, travelling around the country playing ultimate is so much fun.  It promotes fair play and teaches discipline.

Ultimate goal: Play for the next Wild Dog’s team

9. Tshepo ‘Jovis’

 

The tallest and one of the funniest players in Soweto, the 20-year-old is a second-year

Anthropology student at the university of Johannesburg. He is a fighter. Hucking is his speciality.

Position: Handler.

Experience: 1 year 7 months. (He was part of the original Soweto Ultimate in 2007/8 only returned in 2016.

Favourite player: Jay Hart

What do you like most about ultimate: The honesty it instilled in players as there are no officials, players are basically referees.

Ultimate goal: To see Soweto Ultimate win Nationals.

10. Thato ‘Viko’

 

The 19-year-old matriculant at Emshukantambo Secondary School is one of the most talented players in SA, quick, accurate, game reader. Game changer and he can think on his feet. A lover of African traditional food and loves helping those in need.

Position: Handler

Experience: 3 years

Favourite player: JB

What do you like most about ultimate: Is a game that accommodates everyone.  The love and motivation we receive from the ultimate community. The game doesn’t discriminate as you get men and ladies in the same ground.

Ultimate goal: Help with making ultimate a recognised sport, and represent SA.

11. Collen ‘Project X’

 

Physically sound, Fastest player in Soweto Ultimate. He has won multiple 100m and 200m titles in high school and Provincially. The 20-year- old adores animals especially dogs and is a vegetarian.  He is a matriculant at Emshukantambo Secondary School.

Position: Cutter/Handler

Experience: 3 years

What do you like most about ultimate: It unites the nation and different races.

Ultimate goals: ensure that the game gains popularity in Soweto

12. Tumie ‘Kendrick’

 

A hardworking and disciplined 18-year-old player: always willing to learn. Dedicated to his studies, he is a matriculant at Musi High School, and he finds joy seeing his peers excel at school and in life. Brilliant thrower of a frisbee.

Position: Cutter

Experience: 7 months

Favourite player: Teekay

What do you like most about ultimate: Is not like any other sport, players follow rules, they interact to solve a misunderstanding. We are like one big happy family in Ultimate.

Ultimate goals: To represent South Africa

13. Kgaogelo ‘Gauza’

 

The one and only Ultimate ‘Pantsula’ in South Africa. He is ghetto and a big fan of the late  Tupac. Grade 11 pupil at Emshukantambo Secondary School. At 17-years-old he’s still a Mama’s boy.

Position: Cutter

Experience: 11 months

Favourite player(s): Teekay and Bravo

What do you like about ultimate; It is simply fun and is a sport that allows men and women to play together.

Ultimate goal: Is to win a trophy with Soweto Ultimate

14. Kamohelo ‘Tarilino’

 

He is the Trevor Noah in the team, an entertainer. Studying HR at Rosebank College, the 21-year- old would love to represent South Africa one day.

Position: Cutter

Experience: 1 year

Favourite player: Teekay

What do you like most about ultimate: Is a non contact sport and is fun and unique.

Ultimate goal: To play like Teekay and maybe the South African National team.

15. Katlego ‘Kiss the girls’

 

The most passionate Soweto ultimate player, he just loves ultimate and enjoys competing. Many would describe him a lunatic. The 21-year-old is the type of a person to start trouble for no reason but we still love him. He works at a semi-professional football match official.

Position: Cutter

Experience: 3 years

Favourite player: Teekay

What do you like about ultimate: Is a combination of many sports like Football and Netball.

Ultimate goals: To see Soweto ultimate win the nationals in two to three years from now. To take

Soweto Ultimate to another level. Club Champs maybe.

16. Zwelidinga ‘Dinga’

 

Is an ultimate frisbee coach in one of the schools in Soweto. Down to Earth. The oldest player in Soweto ultimate at 33-years-old. A good cook and a singer.

Position: Cutter/Handler

Experience: 2 years

Favourite Player: Lionel Spilkin

What do you like about ultimate: Getting to work with kids and seeing the smiles on their faces makes me happy.

Ultimate goal: To have ultimate frisbee played in most schools in and around Soweto.

17. Neo ‘Jafta’

 

A 22-year- old Plumbing student. Shy guy who lets the disc do the talking. He is good with his hands, creative.

Position: Cutter

Experience: 1 year

Favourite Player: Teekay

What do you like about ultimate: It keeps me active and busy

Ultimate goal: To play for as long as I can and see Soweto rise and rise to the top.

18. Tokelo Martin ‘Tee-Kay’

 

Final year journalism student at Rosebank College , a cricketer and a sport fanatic in general.  He’s 21-years-old and an introvert. Wild dog’s player. Always gives his best for the team, putting the needs of others and of the team first.

Position: Handler/Cutter

Experience: 1 year

Favourite player(s): All the female ultimate players.

What do you like about ultimate: It teaches you to do the right thing even when nobody is watching (being honest), the fact that we as playing are responsible for making our own calls and playing

Ultimate goal: Lead Soweto Ultimate to a Nationals’ tournament title. To ensure that Soweto Ultimate will still be playing ultimate in the next coming years.

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