Friday 13 July 2018

South Africa's first female Counter-Strike: GO team captain.

Marisa Van Der Westhuizen (ZAG Academy) the National Counter-Strike: GO Senior Team Captain.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has just selected Marisa Van Der Westhuizen as the Senior Team Captain for the esports title of Counter-Strike: GO.

Four years ago Marisa took the step from being just a gamer to become an esports athlete and became involved in Counter-Strike: GO. Once introduced to the competitive aspect, Marisa was hooked and dedicated herself to playing, and being trained, in the Counter-Strike: GO (CS:GO) esports title as she then knew this was the sport and industry that she wanted to be involved in for the rest of her life.

Marisa started in an all-female team, but her big break came through in mid-2017 when she moved to a mixed team that was lead by 2016 Protea team captain Jessie Joubert. It was in 2017 that Marisa was selected for the national squad. In 2017, Marisa got her first taste of international competition when she was selected from the squad to be part of the team that played against Switzerland in an official online test match. The experience taught her well, and MSSA is confident that Marisa will do South Africa proud in leading the national team, and performing to the highest international standards.

Marisa is confident that the team will represent the country with pride at IESF's 10th World Championships in Kaohsuing, Chinese Taipei.

The squad has great potential and merges new and youthful athletes with older more experienced veterans which should add a strong foundation to future national teams without compromising on any standards. Without doubt, Marisa is t afraid of breaking pre-conceived ideas and will prove to be a great leader of the national squad and national team.
The 2017 Protea Team hat took to the field against Switzerland, from left to right: Alasdair Donaldson, Ryan van Schalkwyk (Captain), Esmari Swart (Vice-Captain), Marisa van der Westhuizen, Leander Van Schalkwyk, and James Hulett
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