2019 Breakthrough Year for Women’s Sport

by | Dec 31, 2019

Women in sport have conquered the past 12 months both locally and internationally. Whether it be in administration or on the sports field, women have shone bright. The mission of gsport is to share the good news of women’s sport to encourage better corporate support for our sportswomen. Free self publishing services on gsport make it easier to achieve this aim.

It was a year of great highs and lows for Netball South Africa President, Cecilia Molokwane. She lost both her husband and mother within a few months of each other. Still, she fought on and achieved her goals, ending the year named the first-ever gsport Newsmaker of the Year for her continuous effort in growing netball. During 2019, she was elected President of Netball Africa and played a key role in winning Cape Town’s bid to host the 2023 Netball World Cup.

“It has really been a great year for netball as a whole. The girls did well. The best World Cup we’ve ever had as Netball South Africa and by the way, we are African Champions!” Molokwane excitedly told gsport after the #GAL2019 launch at Melrose Arch.

“2020 is going to be very exciting! We are going again to play in African Nations and we’re preparing so well for 2023 because it starts now. Whatever we are trying to do is to make netball fashionable, so that in 2023 everybody knows and understands what netball is all about.”

“The greatest highlight for me for 2019 was when the Springbok Women qualified for the World Cup.” – Springbok Women’s captain, Babalwa Latsha.

Another history maker Springbok Women’s captain, Babalwa Latsha, earned every bit of her success as she led the national women’s rugby team to qualify for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup and became the first-ever South African women’s rugby player to sign a professional contract with Eibar Rugby in Spain.

She also featured on the gsport Annual List of newsmakers for her breakthrough and was all smiles about how the year has rewarded her for all the hard work.

“I am extremely elated! It is such a privilege to receive this (#GAL2019 recipient). It means so much to me because it means that our efforts are being recognised, so it is motivation as well to just keep going and no matter what happens, just keep moving forward.

“The greatest highlight for me for 2019 was when the Springbok Women qualified for the World Cup which is set to take place in 2021. What I’m looking forward to in 2020 season is of course representing myself as a brand, as Babalwa Latsha to the rest of the world, especially the rugby fraternity and also to continue to advance women’s rugby.”

As Latsha seeks out to stamp her authority on the international scene, one young lady who has already gained vast experience playing abroad is reigning CAF Women’s Footballer of the Year, Thembi Kgatlana, who has blown her career through the roof for both club and country.

“So far, I’m going back to my club in Beijing. I’m going to be there focusing on helping the team to win the title, focus on my personal achievements of course and if I have to look on the other side, my foundation, we are hoping to get more female teams to take part because we want to grow women’s football through the Thembi Kgatlana Foundation.”

“2019 has really been an awesome year where a lot has happened. I have achieved a lot.” – Northwest FM Radio Personality, Karabo Mokgalagadi.

Not only have the administrators and athletes taken their careers to new heights, but women in the media space have risen, too. 2019 Brand SA gsport Woman in Television Award winner, Hloni Mtimkulu, has broken her own personal barriers as a sports reporter for eNCA.

“My highlight for 2019, from a gsport perspective, I would say winning the, well being nominated actually, was a super big deal. I did say that I was going to start writing a bit more and I have. So, more writing definitely next year.”

Radio personality, Karabo Mokgalagadi, who had also won the 2019 gsport Woman in Radio Award, mentioned that she is grateful for the doors that opened for her during the year.

“2019 has really been an awesome year where a lot has happened. I have achieved a lot, especially the gsport Award that I won has opened so many doors for me. Looking at the fact that I’m even Sports Editor at work.
“2020, I know it’s going to be even bigger. I’m pushing more on women’s sport because they are just doing amazing things.”

As the chapter closes, a new page in the book of South African women’s sport opens, and we look forward to another year of success

 

Photo 1 Caption: Netball South Africa President, Cecilia Molokwane, present at the inaugural Gsport Annual List gathering where she was named Newsmaker of the Year at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg on Sunday, 29 December 2019. Photo: gsport

Photo 2 Caption: Springbok Women’s captain, Babalwa Latsha, with South African international football star, Thembi Kgatlana, at the #GAL2019 gathering at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg on Sunday, 29 December 2019. Photo: gsport

Photo 3 Caption: 2019 Momentum gsport Woman in Television winner and eNCA Sports Reporter, Hloni Mtimkulu, chats about her highlights of 2019 and plans for 2020 at the #GAL2019 gathering on Sunday, 29 December 2019. Photo: gsport

Photo 4 Caption: 2019 Momentum gsport Woman in Radio winner, Karabo Mokgalagadi, speaks on her rise after winning the prestigious award at the #GAL2019 gathering on Sunday, 29 December 2019. Photo: gsport

 

 

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