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Player Of The Tournament Pretorius Humbled By Honour

For Karla Pretorius, the motivation to work hard and perform at the elite level isn’t to earn individual accolades but instead to do her best for her team.

Humbled by the honour of being named Player Of The Tournament in the Vitality Netball World Cup, Karla Pretorius almost views the accolade as a bonus for playing her role well for SPAR Proteas.

The modest defender thrilled audiences with her skill and tenacity throughout the tournament, accumulating 32 gains, 20 intercepts and 23 deflections across the eight games.

The Vice-Captain’s contribution helped lead the South African side to the semi-finals for the first time in history.

WATCH Karla Pretorius and Laura Langman address the media on return to Sunshine Coast Lightning this week.

“It was a good tournament for us – overall, we had a goal as a South African team and I think that whole journey naturally brought the best out of our team and myself,” Pretorius said.

“Being awarded [Player Of The Tournament], I’m just grateful and it’s almost like a bonus.”

Lightning Teammate and Silver Ferns Captain Laura Langman said she is in awe of Pretorius as a defender and seeing her named as Player Of The Tournament was a proud moment.

“It’s terrible to say but I wasn’t surprised. She is honestly the best defender going around,” Langman said.

“She’s a big game player but such a phenomenal team person and you see that not only in the Lightning environment but also in South Africa.

“It was a very proud moment.”

Now the VNWC has run its course, it’s back to business at Sunshine Coast Lightning but Karla is excited to be back at the Club, ready for the remainder of the year.

“It’s been awhile but I’m so excited to be back and in a routine environment,” she said.

“I’m excited for the few rounds coming up as a team and it’s great to be home.”

Don’t miss any of the Lightning action LIVE. Secure your tickets for the Club’s round 11 top of the table clash against NSW Swifts here and congratulate the World Cup athletes in person.