Head Girl at The Diocesan School for Girls selected for the SA U21 Women’s Hockey Team

JULY 21, 2016

The Diocesan School for Girls welcomed Sandisiwe Tabata (Head Girl) back to school after she had been on national duty in Pretoria playing hockey for SA U18, in a test series against Australia. Not only was Sandi selected to the SA U18 side for the second consecutive year, but she was also named captain of the SA U18 team for 2016.

There was more to celebrate when it was announced that Sandisiwe Tabata had been selected for the South African U21 women’s hockey team, which will participate in the Junior World Cup, being held in Chile in December this year. 

Chris Hibbert, DSG’s Director of Sport and Head of Hockey had the following to say about Sandi.

‘Sandisiwe is a brilliant example of what rewards, hard work and determination can bring. While there is no doubting she is an extremely talented individual, she has also put in countless hours of training to reach this level, and we are all extremely proud of her achievements.

On her arrival at DSG in Grade 8 in 2012, Sandi was identified as having a special talent, and she had made the DSG 1st team by the end of her grade 8 year. This year has seen her reach the milestone of 100 caps for the DSG 1st team, which in itself is a remarkable achievement. However it is her consistent recognition on a national level over the past 3 years which has been so impressive, and to be included in the South African u21 team at the age of 17 and to have the opportunity to play in the Junior World Cup in December this year is truly amazing. I along with the whole of the Grahamstown hockey fraternity will be looking forward to watching Sandi’s future career, and she is destined for even higher honours.‘