Once the squad is selected, athletes within such squad are selected for various terms of duty.
However, it should be noted that the entire squad shall be awarded National Federation Colours, and once the athletes actually are selected for the Protea Team to play against an international opponent, the Protea Colours award shall be made.
The squad consists of 10 players of whom 5 are male, and five are female.
Ryan van Schalkwyk (Team Captain)
Ryan nan Schalkwyk is only 21 and is a software developer.
Along with CounterStrike, Ryan enjoys playing my guitar and making music.
Ryan quickly admits that he enjoys pushing himself hard and bettering himself. The competitive aspect of CounterStrike: GO enthralls Ryan. It is through such hard work and competitive spirit that has allowed Ryan to earn the achievement of being selected as Team Captain, an achievement of which Ryan admits that he has always dreamed.
As Ryan says, " I'm really looking forward to pushing myself and my team as far as we can go at the world championships".
Yet even though she is totally committed to her studies, Esmari finds the time to be truly dedicated to esports in that she founded InTenSity eSports, competes on a regular basis, and even umpires at MSSA events.
Certainly from what MSSA has seen, Esmari is driven. Esmari has already earned herself Gauteng Provincial and National Federation Colours and has both Provincial and National titles under her belt.
years Simon's passion for the game has only increased with each passing year, and he will profess to all that he truly loves the esports game of CounterStrike: GO.
Simon represented South Africa in South Africa's National Protea Team at IeSF's 8th World Championships - Jakarta where the team battled it out in what many considered to be the 'group of death' consisting of Azerbijan, China, Romania, Russia, and South Africa. Thus Simon brings to the team his experience of the international stage.
Leander Van Schalkwyk
Bernicé Botha aka Bunny or MissT, is a self-confessed CounterStrike: GO addict. Havng started playing CounterStrike: GO four years back, Bernicé has aalmost become evangelical in recommending the game to new players.
Blair says, "I enjoy counterstrike because of the competitive nature of the game and its widespread knowledge. It is a very hard game to grasp at first and I always enjoy a challenge and I of course enjoy the game mostly because of my team".
Marisa van der Westhuizen
Marisa has been around the scene for a while playing for various teams and organisations.
Her main interest is CS:GO however she also does enjoy playing 'HOTS', 'The Witcher' and 'DOTA 2'.
Marisa maintains, "I consider myself a dynamic and consistent player that works best under pressure and am always looking for a challenge. I cant wait to play against the best in the world and show what SA girls can do".