MANGISA Sanani < Back  
Sport Hockey
CGA South Africa   
Gender Women
Born 14 Aug 1987 in Umtata, SAF
Height1.61 m
Weight 57 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete
Languages Xhosa, English
Higher education Finance - University of Pretoria: South Africa
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began playing hockey at school in 1998.
Why this sport? It was the only winter sport offered at her school.
Club / Team Southern Gauteng: South Africa
Name of coach Giles Bonnet [national]
Coach from which country? South Africa
Training Regime She does four gym sessions, three speed and agility sessions and six turf sessions per week.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique Goalkeeper
International Debut
Year 2006
Competing for South Africa
Opponent Netherlands
General Interest
Hobbies Playing golf. (, 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (, 16 Jan 2012)
Most influential person in career Her school coach Jeanette Rennie, and goalkeeping coach Joppe De Vries. (, 16 Jan 2012)
Hero / Idol Dutch hockey player Guus Vogels, her mother. (Facebook page, 19 Feb 2014)
Injuries She underwent surgery for a torn Achilles tendon in 2013. (, 12 Nov 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Set high standards for yourself and don't settle for mediocre." (Facebook page, 19 Feb 2014)
She started out as a forward when she originally took up hockey."Goalkeeping to me came as an impulsive decision. It was during a physical education lesson where we needed a goalkeeper and no one volunteered. I just decided to put my hand up and as they say the rest is history." (, 16 Jan 2012)