|Alasdair Donaldson (on the right) of the BOO! Protea Esports Team demolishing his opponent from Namibia.|
With Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) already committed to attend IESF’s 10thWorld Championships - Kaohsiung, unique opportunities are being offered to athletes who hold South African passports.
While it is true that the team is only selected after the annual National Team Trials every year, such system provides all athletes who qualify for such trials with the opportunity to be selected.
It must be remembered that MSSA always tries to select the best possible teams to represent South Africa. Thus an athletes may not be selected in his/her first attempt at ‘Trials’ as the Selectors may not consider the athletes to be quite ready for the rigours of international competition.
The last thing MSSA wants to do is sacrifice emerging skill on the altar of competition to see such athletes become despondent and disappear from high level gaming.
Athletes are often crushed by the intensity of international competition if they do not have the correct mind-set. Getting into the Protea Team is the highest honour afforded to a South African. It is the first rung of the ladder to true international competition.
In order to qualify for MSSA’s 2018 National Team Trials (NTT), a fully-paid-up athlete needs to:
Win a Regional Championship, and/or
Finish in the top 3, or top 20%, of a Provincial or National Championship (whichever is greater), and/or
Have represented South Africa in the Protea Team in 2017.