Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
3 minute read
17 Dec 2019
7:34 am

Women in Sport: The unsung heroine of the courts

Wesley Botton

Shadine van der Merwe might be considered a grinder and a sweeper for the Proteas, but her value is skyrocketing.

Shadine van der Merwe. Photo: Gallo Images.

Though she may not be lauded in the same way as the forwards up front who keep the scoreboard ticking over and the crowds on their feet, Proteas defender Shadine van der Merwe is satisfied being a grinder and sweeper at the back as she does the hard work for the national netball team. Van der Merwe has shot through the ranks in recent years, but she started developing her talent from a young age after taking up the game in primary school. Born and raised in Pretoria, the 1.79m wing defence dabbled in other sports in her youth, turning...