Meet Wittmann, the best two-sport athlete
By Michael Uugwanga
SUNE Wittmann has established herself as a top cricket player and at the same time she is also the country’s best javelin thrower.
The 26-year-old two-sport star had her pick of playing as a bowler or as a batswoman for the women senior cricket side that was at last month’s International Cricket Council (ICC) Kwibuka Women’s Twenty20 tournament in Kigali, Rwanda, in which Namibia finished second behind winners Kenya.
At the Kwibuka tournament, Wittmann played some of her best cricket, as a result she was awarded numerous individual awards such as the best sixer of the tournament award (with three sixes), best batter award and a place in the team of the tournament after scoring 167 runs at the tournament.
Wittmann who started playing cricket in 2006 at the tender age of 11, made her Women’s Twenty20 International in January 2019, against Zimbabwe, and in August the same year she was named in Namibia’s squad for the 2019 ICC Women’s World Twenty20 qualifier tournament in Scotland and the rest is history. Besides playing cricket, she is also a big household name in javelin after in 2011, then a 16-year-old Wittmann threw a distance of 43,25 metres to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man, when she finished ahead of Carys Mansfield (39,18) of Wales and Shanica Yankey (38,08) of Dominica.
“Wherever there is sport, either live or on television that is where you will find me. On Sundays when my parents were taking the all famous Sunday afternoon naps I would go over to Wanderers cricket ground and there were always a group of men playing their own mini-cricket game and I would join them, and one of them told me I should actually try and do it, so not long after that I decided to take the chance and ask if I could play with the boys in the school’s league because that time there was most definitely no girls/ladies cricket.
“So to cut my long story short – my will and attraction to sport motivated me to try something of everything, and while playing with the boys still in primary school in the school’s league I fell in love with the sport, and the calm yet adrenaline rush feeling it gives me. I still do javelin but for now my focus is on cricket,” Wittmann told Confidente Sport on how her journey into cricket started.
Other achievements for Wittmann were representing the country at youth levels in netball, hockey and tent pegging.
She is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Afrikaans and is a big fan of South African cricketer, Lizelle Lee.
The tournament in Kigali was also the first international tour for the women side for over 18 months due to the pandemic and travel restrictions.
“Rwanda was to me personally a confident booster, one I’ve been in need of for a long time, so after two years of no competitive cricket, this tournament couldn’t have come on a better time.
“Batting wise I was in a bit of a mental battle with myself so I am very blessed and thankful for these achievements and also for the management for backing me and believing in me to prove to myself what I am capable of,” she said.