“…Always believe in yourself and have the confidence to stand up and to challenge any situation or system that makes you believe otherwise…” – Luntu Ntloko (OK 1993)
August is Women’s Month and what better way to truly celebrate it than by touching base with a few notable women in our very own Kingswood family.
Today we profile Ms Luntu Ntloko who matriculated from Kingswood in 1993. It was at Kingswood that her love for hockey was ignited and that her talent in this sport became evident.
After leaving Kingswood College, Luntu went on to become a professional hockey player. She represented various provincial teams and in 1999 she was chosen to play and represent South Africa.
Between 1999-2004 she gained 75 caps and participated in 1999 and 2003 All Africa Games in Johannesburg and Anuja; 2000 Champions Trophy in Amstelveen; 2002 Women’s World Cup in Perth; 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, as well as various local and international tours.
Luntu is extremely honoured to have had the opportunity to represent South Africa at the highest level of sport for any sporting professional. She was the first black woman to represent South Africa at the Olympic Games for field hockey at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games in Australia. This was testament to her hard work and passion for the game, and her pioneering spirit.
Over the last 10 years, Luntu has become an experienced and seasoned Sports Marketing Specialist. This includes 8 years at FIFA, where she was involved in delivering Africa’s first soccer World Cup in 2010, the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the 2011 and 2015 Women’s World Cup in Germany and Canada, the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France 2019 and most recently the FIFA Club World Cup 2019 in Doha.
She’s currently Senior Manager Marketing Rights Delivery at FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC, the organisation that will deliver the first FIFA World Cup in the Arab region.