The WTSA team
Board of directors
Rose van der Meer (33)
Rose was bound to a wheelchair at the age of three following a head-on collision motor accident involving a drunken driver.
In her high school years she participated in wheelchair basketball and archery until being introduced to wheelchair tennis. Following a 3 year post in the Netherlands, she returned to SA and to wheelchair tennis in 2006, and has since represented her country at four World Team Cups. Today she is actively growing and developing the sport through the passing on of knowledge, gained during her years as a player.
Rose holds a diploma in tourism and currently works as a data capturer.
Patrick Selepe (40)
Patrick is the National Development Officer for Wheelchair Tennis in South Africa as well as one of SA’s top players. He is a single amputee, losing a leg to cancer when he was a teenager.
Patrick has represented South Africa at three Wheelchair Tennis World Team Cups, and has personally introduced wheelchair tennis to more than 30 development centres. Patrick’s passion and determination coupled with his natural ability to motivate and inspire those he works with, allows him to easily pass on his years of experience and wealth of skills to aspiring new players.
David Mathebula (34)
David was born in the 1982 in Glencowie, Limpopo Province. As a young boy David was diagnosed with polio, and later, muscular dystrophy, leading to his enrolment at the Helena Frans Special School. Thereafter he studied a B Comm Accounting at the University of Limpopo and is currently completing a financial internship with a finance company in Polokwane.
David started to play wheelchair tennis in 2006, and continues to participate in the sport to keep fit and busy, and as part of his regimen to halt or slow down his muscular atrophy. David has consistently competed in national and international events over the past 6 years, and is currently ranked in the top 4 quad players nationally and the top 60 quad players internationally. David also represented South Africa at the ITF World Team Cup event in 2011.
Karen Losch (46)
Before joining WTSA in 2008, Karen spent the first 14 years of her career in the pharmaceutical industry. Karen joined AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in 1993 as a sales representative. After 3 years she moved to the medical department where she worked as the Medical Information Officer. In 1999 Karen moved to the marketing department where spent 8 years working as a Brand Manager in the Specialty Division. She worked in both Oncology and Hospital Infections.
In 2007 Karen joined Rudy Project, an eyewear and Sunglass Manufacturer as the Managing Director. She was instrumental in setting up the structure, introducing the brand and developing the marketing and sales strategy.
Karen then joined Wheelchair Tennis SA in February 2008 as Managing Director. Karen is responsible for delivering on the objectives for the sponsors – growing the sport and delivering a superstar for SA, as well as running the structure and building the sport into a mainstream sport.
Nicolaas Otto (46)
The 46-year-old Nicolaas Otto hails from Randfontein in Gauteng. Nicolaas completed his matric in 1987 at randfontein Secondary School, and he went on to obtain a Diploma in Policing in 1989.
Nicolaas who is an active wheechair tennis player has been working for the South African Police Service since 1989 to date.
Thethiswa Makhaya (41)
Thethiswa was born in 1975 in Mount Frere, Eastern Cape. She a Human Resource Practitioner with an extensive experience of over 10 year. Thethiswa is physically challenged and utilizes Orthopaedic shoes with one full length caliper and crutches.
She completed her matric at Mnceba high School in 1994. The wheelchair tennis player who join the sport in 2012 holds a Diploma in Human Resource Management. Thethiswa now work as an Administrative officer for the City of Tshwane Municipality.
Nkosenye nkosi (33)
Nkosenye was born in 1984 in Soweto. He completed his matric at Helen Franz School in Pretoria in 2003. The quad wheelchair tennis player went on to pursue his tertiary studues at Tshwane University of Technology where he obtained a National Diploma in Software Development in 2014.
During his Unversity studies, Nkosenye worked as a Student Assistant at the University's computer lab. He also worked as a call centre agent in a Leanership at IEMAS, Call Centre (HR Support desk Agent) Leanership at Wesbank and Call Centre agent at Discovery doing (Administration Learnership.
The 33-year-old now now is doing his learnership in Information Technology at IBM South Africa.