One of the country’s star junior badminton players, Nita Scholtz recently received the award as Eunice High School’s Sportstar of the Year, and rightly so, as Scholtz collects silverware on badminton courts as if it is going out of fashion.
At the recent South African championships for u.17 players in Rustenburg, Scholtz was on the warpath and scored an impressive hattrick. And she is only 15.
Scholtz’s coach, Johan Kleingeld told Schools that Rock: “Scholtz is being coached for the singles dissipline only as she has the ideal built and technique for singles and I believe that she will in future star internationally”.
The fact that Scholtz prepares for singles only did not prevent her from making a clean sweep in Rustenburg. In the doubles dissipline she joined forces with Zani van der Merwe (Northern Gauteng) and in the mixed doubles she partnered with Tonderai Ndudzo (KZN) to clinch both mentioned national titles.
It was however in the singles where Scholtz demolished her opposition. She is so far ahead of the rest of the Rainbow Nation’s u.17 badminton players that she won the finals against Lee-Ann van der Westhuizen (Western Province) by the proverbial sea mile. She won 21-9, 21-9 and this was the closest score line anyone could manage against her.
It is not often that someone wins all their matches at national championships with not one opponent being able to get to double figures. And, remember she can still take part in the u.17 age group in 2016 and 2017.
■ A couple of days after the national u.17 championships, Scholtz represented the Free State province at the national senior championships and scored a very rare destinction – reaching the final as a 15 year old.
In the final she lost to the Free State and South Africa’s top senior woman, Elmé de Villiers. De Villiers defended her senior title successfully against the up and coming Scholtz.
PHOTO: The star badminton player from Eunice, Nita Scholtz scored a hattrick of wins at the recent South African u.17 championships in Rustenburg.