Karla Pretorius

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Karla Pretorius
Personal information
Born Karla Mostert
(1990-03-12) 12 March 1990 (age 30)
East London, South Africa
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
School Laerskool Hennopspark,
Hoërskool Zwartkop,
University University of the Free State
Occupation Professional Netball Player / Dietician
Spouse Werner Pretorius
Married 9 September 2017
Netball career

Playing position(s): GD, WD 2009 - 2015 UFS Netball (Kovsies), RSA 2013 - 2016 Free State Crinums, RSA 2016 - Team Bath, UK 2011 - Present SPAR Proteas, RSA (Caps 77)

2016 - Present Sunshine Coast Lightning, AUS

Karla Pretorius[1] (née Mostert; born 12 March 1990) is a South African netball player, currently playing for the Sunshine Coast Lightning and the South Africa SPAR Proteas Netball. She plays in the positions of Goal Defence (GD) and Wing Defence (WD).

International Career - Team Bath[2] and Sunshine Coast Lightning[edit]

Before joining the Sunshine Coast Lightning, Pretorius played for the UK based Team Bath in the Netball Superleaguealongside fellow Protea teammate Lenize Potgieter.[3] Pretorius currently plays for Sunshine Coast Lightning in the Australian Super Netball league, and has won back-to-back premierships with the club (in 2017 and 2018). In 2017 she won the MVP award for her performance in the Grand Final.[4][5] She then shared the club's Player of the Year award with teammate Stephanie Wood for their performance in the 2018 season.[6] She was named in the Super Netball team of the year 2018.[7][8] She is the first South African to feature in the Super Netball league. Unlike South Africa, in Australia netball is a professional sport, which means that Pretorius is being paid to do what she loves most.[9]

Pretorius and her husband, Werner Pretorius, married on 9 September 2017.[10]

South Africa SPAR Proteas[11][edit]

Pretorius is the vice-captain of the SPAR Proteas.[12] Pretorius holds 77 senior South African caps, including appearances at the Commonwealth Games (2014 and 2018) and the Netball World Cup (2015). She participated in the 2011 World Netball Series, held in Liverpool, UK, the INF Netball World Cup 2015 held in Sydney, Australia, the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.[13] Pretorius confirmed her status as one of international netball's standout defenders with a series of tenacious performances at the 2015 Netball World Cup held in Sydney, Australia. She made the most intercepts of any player – 28 in total – as South Africa finished fifth overall in the tournament. She also played for the Spar Proteas U/21 side and having made her international debut for the Proteas in 2011. Pretorius was named the Player of the Tournament at the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup held in Liverpool, England.[14] South Africa finished fourth at the recent World Cup after managing to beat Jamaica by 55 goals to 52http://www.sabcnews.com/sabcnews/proteas-beat-jamaica-in-an-end-to-end-netball-world-cup-match/. The Proteas narrowly lost against world number 1 the Australian Diamonds during the semi-finals with 55 over 53 of South Africa.

Career at the University of the Free State and Free State Crinums[15][edit]

Karla previously played for the netball team of the University of the Free State (Kovsies), Bloemfontein, Free State between 2009 and 2015.[16] She represented the Free State Criniums Netball team who won back to back titles in 2014 and 2015 Brutal Fruit Premiere League.[17][18] Karla was awarded the 2014 and 2015 Varsity Cup Netball Player of the Tournament award.

Karla completed her Bachelors in Dietetics at the University of the Free State (UFS) and obtained her Masters in Dietetics at the institution early 2019.[19] She is currently reading towards a Diploma in Sports Management through the University of South Africa (UNISA). She worked as a community dietitian in Bloemfontein during 2015.[20] She was also named as Sportswoman of the Year by the University of the Free State in 2015. KovsieSport awarded Karla as UFS Sportswoman of the Year in 2016.[21][22] In 2017, Pretorius was named one of Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans.[23]


  1. ^ https://sunshinecoastlightning.com.au/team/karla-pretorius-nee-mostert/
  2. ^ "Karla Mostert | Team Bath". www.teambath.com. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  3. ^ "Lenize Potgieter and Karla Mostert have signed for Team Bath". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  4. ^ "Sunshine Coast win Super Netball title". Wide World of Sports. 17 June 2017. Archived from the original on 17 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Subscribe to The Australian | Newspaper home delivery, website, iPad, iPhone & Android apps". myaccount.news.com.au. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  6. ^ "Stars shine at end of season awards ceremony". Sunshine Coast Lightning. 16 September 2018.
  7. ^ Atkinson, Bruce (2018-08-24). "Meet Lightning's 'silent assassin' set to strike twice in Super Netball final". ABC News. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  8. ^ "Subscribe to The Australian | Newspaper home delivery, website, iPad, iPhone & Android apps". myaccount.news.com.au. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  9. ^ "Karla Mostert – 2017". Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  10. ^ Bruwer, Deur Ruan (2017-09-10). "Netbalster hak knoop stylvol deur". Netwerk24. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  11. ^ "Karla Pretorius | Netball South Africa". www.netball-sa.co.za. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  12. ^ "SA netball name squads for Diamond Challenge in Limpopo | IOL". www.iol.co.za. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  13. ^ "Netball | Athlete Profile: Karla PRETORIUS - Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games". results.gc2018.com. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  14. ^ https://www.thesouthafrican.com/sport/karla-pretorius-player-of-the-2019-netball-world-cup/
  15. ^ "BFNPL2017 Team Profile: Free State Crinums | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  16. ^ "News Archive Item". www.ufs.ac.za. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  17. ^ Mafika (2014-06-10). "Free State Crinums crowned SA netball champs". Brand South Africa. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  18. ^ "Brutal Fruit netball champions rewarded". News24. 2015-06-10. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  19. ^ "Karla Pretorius". Suncorp Super Netball. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  20. ^ "Happy Birthday, Karla Pretorius! | People Magazine". www.peoplemagazine.co.za. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  21. ^ "Wayde, Karla shine again at KovsieSport gala night". www.ufs.ac.za. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  22. ^ Piek, Morgan (2016-09-29). "Mostert excited ahead of Australian challenge". Bloemfontein Courant. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  23. ^ "Karla Mostert – 2017". Retrieved 2019-04-09.

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