KHUMO LEBURU, NOT YOUR TYPICAL PAGEANT GIRL
For most pageant girls, dressing up in beautiful gowns begins in childhood as a fancy and continues into adulthood through careful attention to self preservation and constant beautification.
But for a 19-year-old Khumo Leburu, becoming a beauty queen meant first taking off her sports snickers, shapeless basketball regalia and knee protector not forgetting spitting out the mouth guard at the same time hiding the bruises.
Leburu, the Miss Botswana 2013 second runner-up is not your typical pageant girl. She is a beauty queen who leads a double life as a competitive basketball player for a local club plying its trade in the ongoing Botswana Basketball League, Dolphins.
She is a talented basketball player who aspires to become one of the best players in the country. Her dream is to inspire people, especially women, in many aspects.
“The intention was to become Miss Botswana and inspire women in a number of ways be it business or anything,” said the talented Dolphins point guard.
The pageant queen, from Ditlharapeng village in the Borolong area is a girl of many talents.
She is versatile and outstanding in every game she plays.
Her determination and exploits on the basketball court has resulted in her being part of the national Under-17, Under-18 and Under-20 teams. She is now eyeing the national team for selection.
As if blowing her own trumpet, Leburu who started playing basketball at a tender age said, “I play as a point guard.
This is a playmaker position. In fact I make things happen for my team on the court.”
She described herself as a person who can easily adjust to any environment. Leburu said it is because of her flexibility that has helped her to be among the most beautiful girls in the country while doing well both in sports and academically.
Leburu is a first year student at the University of Botswana (UB) where she is studying towards attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.