The deal is a real shot in the arm for the country’s top wheelchair tennis player, ahead of the next Paralympics in two years’ time.
South Africa’s top wheelchair tennis player Kgothatso Montjane has signed a commercial agreement with Belgian multinational chemical company Solvay.
Solvay is a science company and global leader in materials, chemicals and solutions, and works on bringing advancements in planes, cars, batteries, smart and medical devices, water and air treatment, to solve critical industrial, social and environmental challenges.
The deal was negotiated on Montjane’s behalf by South African agency Optimize.
The Solvay 4 Sport partnership aligns with the group’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) program, which aims to cultivate an equitable and inclusive environment that embraces diversity, and in this regard, Solvay is partnering with Montjane and two other prominent paralympic athletes – Italian Ambra Sabatini and American Trenten Merrill – for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.
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Over the next two years, Solvay “aims to promote values embodied by the athletes, such as performance, dedication, perseverance and winning drive, through its Solvay 4 Sport initiative. Those core values are at the heart of Solvay’s purpose, believing steadfastly that it is unity and not uniformity that allows society to achieve the greatest results.”
“Ambra, Trenten and Kgothatso are role models on and off the field and court, an inspiration for everyone, and the demonstration that nothing is impossible,” said Nathalie van Ypersele, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at Solvay. “We believe opportunity, possibility and greatness are achievable when we collectively recognize, respect and celebrate that which makes each of us unique, yet intrinsically human. Our differences, visible or not, are valued and celebrated – they are the spark that ignites innovation and shared value for all.”
Montjane is currently in the UK, preparing to take part in Wimbledon in the coming weeks.