This young 25-year-old Pretoria woman is a bundle of energy, and claims to be the tomboy in the family of four sisters. She’s the eldest, and even so, is doted on by her three siblings – Grethe, Tilde and Inge.
Franciske attended a special school for Cerebral Palsy pupils in Pretoria and during her school career has been honoured with Northern Gauteng colours for athletics 9 years in a row, particularly the 200m and javelin. She still holds the record for the 400m.
Since then, Franciske has gone on to earn herself a diploma in Sports Psychology from the University of South Africa (Unisa), and a Sports Management diploma funded by SuperSport Park, the famous cricket ground in Centurion, Pretoria where she works.
Make a difference
“I want to be a social worker or a psychologist,” says Franciske. “I like helping disabled people, and my dream is to make a difference in people’s lives.” This she seems to be doing to great effect, for she runs the SuperSport disabled cricket programme and recently founded the Stand-Up Cricket Club using her sports management skills. She is busy putting together a league for disabled cricketers. She also organises matches for deaf and blind cricketers. Her biggest short term ambition is to take her cricket teams to play in England.
During inter-school matches, she is usually one of the umpires, and is always encouraging the players to excel, offering advice to fielders, bowlers and batsmen alike. On the cricket pitch, Franciske is an enthusiastic player. She’s not shy to appeal for LBW, even when that particular rule is void due to a shortage of players. She’s a fair batsman but battles to move fast between the wickets, so she makes use of a runner when she bats. However, Franciske is a lethal wicket-taker.
The Philadelphia School in Soshanguwe and Nuwehoop Secondary school from Pretoria are both regular contestants in the Stand-Up Cricket Series.
She has started writing a book about disabled sports in South Africa and one day hopes to have it published. Her literary aim is to persuade “them”, and that is an all-embracing term which includes Government, business and society in general, to give more attention and consideration to disabled sports development and to disabled sports people in South Africa.
Franciske is also writing a book about her life. She’s only 25-years-old now, so, at the rate she’s living her life, it’s goin