5. Achievements in historical overview ( Skip to the area of your interest):
1997 15.09. the GBT was born. Start with normal old wheelchairs.
1998 development, first wheelchairs through poverty alleviation
1999 first participation in National Junior Championships
2000 4 players are chosen for Super Sports Series NW youth
2 players are chosen for National under 23 Team ( Gift Mooketsi, Tsholofelo Zimba)
Best coach certificate award of the NW league for wheelchair basketball
Best lady player certificate award of NW league ( Mavis Sibanda)
Best player certificate award ( Gift Mooketsi)
2001 3 players chosen for National under 23 ( Gift Mooketsi, Irish Aobeng, Mpho Selete)
Renovation of a weeds field into a simple basketball court ( NLDTF), complying with rules
Best organized team certificate award NWASPD ( Manager)
Best coach certificate award
2002 Position 4 at National Junior Championships
2 players chosen for National under 23 youth ( Gift Mooketsi, Alfred Diseko (camp only)
2003 Gold at National Junior Championships for Wheelchair Basketball
2 players chosen for National under 23 youth ( Gift Mooketsi, Ike Monti) and invited to participate in the 12th National Championships Australia Adelaide for the disabled.
2 All people’s Runs organized for fundraising and community awareness
Position 4 at Central Zone League ( out of 11)
Funding obtained from Lotto for 10 new ( simple wheelchairs), court repairs, training kit obtained.
2004 Bronze at National Junior Championships for Wheelchair Basketball
During the whole 4 months renovations of the Basketball court (NWPG, special award for Gold) funds exhausted) to give it a new surface. Finalized in April 2004
Central Zone position 4
Character building ( HIV prevention) and training workshop 06.-09. 04
National Inter School tournament Sept/ Oct:
àBoys team: Gold, 3 out of 5 star awards; Best boys’ player of tournament award: Alfred Diseko
à Girls team: Gold, 3 out of 5 star awards; best ladies’ player award: Lebogang Monyatsi.
2 players chosen into National U/23 Team: Ike Monti and Gift Mooketsi. Took part in International Vodacom Challenge against Adult National Squad and Israel and attended several training Camps. A third player sent to last training camp ( Richard Chacha)
Gift Mooketsi playing for Senior NW Team ( Lions) winning Gold in National Senior Championships and Super Sport Series.
Funding obtained through Lotto for further improvement of court and 2 wheelchairs. We built a small spectators’ tribune and shade part of it as the sun is extremely burning. A toilet building is planned, but financial problems and delay of approval by Department of Works leave our plans hanging in the air. 2 all people’s Runs organized for fundraising and community awareness. Very successful!
2005 National Championships: Silver. Building of Spectator’s tribune. 2 new wheelchairs obtained.
2 training/ character workshops for whole team 21.1.-23.1. and 6. 3. 05.
Selection of 6 players into the National Under 23 Team : G. Mooketsi, A. Diseko, S. Khambule, I. Monti, R. Chacha, M. Diseko. ( last 2 reserves)
Participation in world championship qualifier tournament of Afro Arabic Zone by the first 4 players, played in Kenya. Attendance of 10 days training camp by all 6.
5th All People’s Run was attended by 65 runners ( disabled and non-disabled) and was a successful community-youth event. HIV and life style motivational speeches were part of the program.
Premier’s Youth Award position 1 for Sport and Recreation.
2006 National Championships: Boys: Gold; Ladies: Bronze. MVP selection in the National tournament of ladies: Conny Phangela; of boys: Samuel Khambule. Selection of 4 best players for National U/ 23. 5 new wheelchairs obtained.
CZ league: Position 1.
Establishment of GBT Mongoose Technical Solutions ( repairs and production). 3 training camps and workshops for the whole team. 1 strategic workshop for the committee ( December 06). 6th All people’s Run: 45 participants. Establishment of the “ Mongoose- Cup” Tournament in November each year with floating trophy.
Gift Mooketsi continued to play for Super Sports, this year “ Visa Wings” KZN earning silver.
Premier’s/ Youth commission youth award position 2 for Sports and Recreation.
2007 ( so far ‘til July 07) 2 training camps/ workshops conducted.
Central conference summer league: Bronze.
Inter-Conference ( National Junior Championships) tournament Ladies: Gold. Boys : silver. 4 players, namely Ephraim Diseko, Richard Chacha, Samuel Khambule, Ike Monti, selected for an international tournament in Malle/ Belgium, which they successfully attended. 6 ladies, namely Natalja Chipoya, Linda Bosele, Lesego Mosweu, Lebogang Monyatsi, Khethiwe Zulu and Maggie Mehlo ( last 2 as guest players), selected into National Women Development Team.
Biggest achievement ever:
Gift Mooketsi selected into Senior National Squad. Won Gold in Algeria during the All African Games and Gold in Morocco during the Paralympic Qualifier Tournament. Thus we produced a National Paralympic Athlete, who is still with us, plowing back into the project
He continues to play for “ Visa Wings” who was first in the Log standing of Super Sport Series 07, but lost the final bringing home silver.
Winter League Central Zone: GBT A ( boys) won silver in the final on 08.09. 2007
2008 A trailer was purchased for the team transport the wheelchairs to the competitions.
National U/22 Championships boys: Gold – Women National Championships: Gold. MVP boys: Mosimanegape Diseko; MVP women: Lebogang Monyatsi.
Selection into National U/22 team: Union Sekailwe, Mosimanegape Diseko, Ishmael Masibi; Selection National Women Development Team:Lebogang Monyatsi, Linda Bosele, Natalia Chipoya.
Despite hardships the Winterleague could be attended. The team entered the Finals which are to be played in November.
Gift Mooketsi played for Visa Wings and brought Gold home during the Super Sports Series 2008; Mosimanegape Diseko and Union Sekailwe played for Ashanti Gold Lions and brought bronze home.
U/22 players qualified in October 2008 for World Cup to be played in France in July 2009.
U/18 boys National Tournament: Silver
U/18 girls National Tournament: Gold
2009 Participation in summer -league. Position3. New Coaching Team.
5 new members from Gauteng have joined the team, making it an exciting venture to bring urban and rural young people together. The big challenge is the vast distance between the 2 branches of the team.
Gift Mooketsi still in National Senior Team. 2 International Tours: Germany-Belgium April 09. Zimbabwe international tour in South Africa: April/ May 09. International pick up match in Germany. Man of the tournament. Playing first Bundesliga for Trier Dolphins Oct 09-April 2010.
Mosimanegape Diseko & Ishmael Masibi in U/22 National Team, attended Junior World Championships in France.
U/23 and Women team of Central Conference consisting of mainly GB Tplayers won Double Gold.
Mongoose went for Supersport Qualification Tournament, which they lost by 1 basket.
Participation in 3 on 3 challenge Ricoh Charity Event November 2010
2010 Participation in CC Summer league. Position 3. Mooketsi returned from Germany. Got offer to return in 2010.
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