We catch up with SA Women’s Hockey Goalkeeper Sanani Mangisa.
"Sanani", as she’s affectionately known by her friends and family was born eMthatha in the Eastern Cape. She discovered hockey in Kokstad where she attended primary school, but her love for the game blossomed when she made junior provincial teams at Epworth Pietermaritzburg boarding school.
Her hard work and dedication to the game paid off as she was awarded a full scholarship to study at the University of Pretoria, majoring in Financial Management.
It is while at Tuks that she was invited to attend a camp with the South African Women’s hockey team. And at 19, she earned her first senior national cap.
In October 2013, she suffered a possible career ending injury when she snapped her Achilles heel while training. She describes the operation and rehab as one of the most testing and character building moments in her hockey career. She made it back within 4 months to play in the 2014 World Cup.
9 years later, with over 100 caps to her name, she still regards that first cap as one of her proudest moments of her life and says the feeling of playing for her country “never gets old”.
Her career highlights include the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2012 London Olympic Games and World Cup 2014."
At present, Sanani balances her work commitments in the Sports sponsorship industry with her hockey career.