21 Days of Building Women’s Sport

At the start of the COVID-19 21-Day Lockdown in South Africa, the gsport team challenged itself to tell the untold stories of women’s sport for the duration of the 21 days.

With the cancellation of live sporting events around the world, our mission was to keep the news flowing.

Stories came in from South Africa, Kenya, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Australia, as we found inspirational women in sport doing amazing things to change the game.

Today is the last day of our 21-Day Inspirational Women’s Sport stories and it is apt we end with a story of the woman who inspired the launch of gsport back in 2006, double Olympic Champion, Penny Heyns.

This challenge has inspired the gsport team to continue searching far and wide for inspirational women in sport who are leading the way in their part of the world.

Get in touch with gsport on all our social media platforms (@gsport4girls on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook) and tell us who you would like us to profile.

Our first profile featured Top Sports Broadcaster, Natalie Germanos, who represented South Africa in the commentary box at the recent ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia, grabbing global attention as she continues her journey to champion women’s sport.

Banyana Banyana international footballer, Thembi Kgatlana, calls for South Africans to rise and take action to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Springbok Women’s captain, Babalwa Latsha, shared her 21 days nationwide lockdown personal training programme to remain in tip-top condition.

To end the month of March, Sri Lankan born Australian sports events and operations specialist, Upekhah Abeykoon featured on a global gsport podcast about her journey to becoming the first woman tournament director of an ICC event.

Inspiring South Africa gymnast, Caitlin Rooskrantz, showed her support as the International Olympic Committee rescheduled Tokyo Olympics to 2021. She also spoke about her training programme away from the gymnastics clubhouse.

Bosnian American basketballer, Indira Kaljo, famous for convincing FIBA to allow headgear in international women’s basketball, chatted about living in Corona Virus times, and how she is keeping a healthy body and a healthy mind.

From saving lives to fighting for pride, Springbok Women’s rugby star, Zinhle Ndawonde spoke about juggling two careers and how rugby saved her from social ills growing up in the township of Inanda.

Banyana Banyana head coach, Desiree Ellis, together with leading national team players pleaded with the people of South Africa to play their part in helping to fight the spread of COVID-19 in a heart-warming video.

gsport also introduced a new feature, where once a month, on a Friday, our team will profile one of its social media followers. Our first featured follower Sport and Exercise Scientist, Julia Sanderson, talked about her passion for sport, the impact of COVID-19 and her aspirations for the future.

Newly contracted Momentum Proteas all-rounder Nadine de Klerk chats about aiming to follow in the footsteps of the great Jacques Kallis and become one of the best in the world.

There is more to award-winning broadcaster Lebo Motsoeli than meets the eye. Motsoeli plans to add to her Communications Science Degree, and her SAFA C Coaching Licence, as she chatted about broadening her horizons in South African sport.

Listen in as former Pakistan women’s cricket captain, Urooj Mumtaz Khan, talks about life as chief selector of Pakistan women’s cricket, accomplished dentist, rising cricket commentator and mother of one.

Springbok Women’s No.8 and healthcare retirement village receptionist Aseza Hele, assists the elderly in Hermanus to remain in good health during COVID-19.

SPAR Proteas assistant coach, Dumisani Chauke, has been lighting up social media with her daily workout videos as she aims to keep South Africans inspired to remain in good shape during lockdown.

Seasoned sports broadcaster and former gsport Woman in Radio, Cindy Poluta, chats about working from home for Radio 702 during the lockdown and focussing on growing her new business, launched shortly before the 21-Day Lockdown.

Former badminton star, Simone Conley, talks about working in Africa’s biggest football league, and making her mark in a man’s world.

Former gsport Awards Ministerial Awards recipient, University of Johannesburg’s Professor Cora Burnett-Louw chats about her research projects, her passion for sport and giving women the platform to build their sporting careers.

Five years on from retiring from international hockey on the gsport Awards stage, former South African women’s hockey captain, Marsha Cox, continues to play a leading role in sport. Based in the Netherlands, Cox serves on the IOC steering committee and the African hockey athlete’s committee. The hockey icon has also launched her own project to invest in the next generation.

Celebrating more than a decade in sports broadcasting, Thato Moeng, chats about switching from politics to sports journalism, her dream of owning a football club and how she plans to break down barriers for the next generation.

Kenya’s Celestine Karoney is approaching fifteen years in sports media. She talks about her journey from sports intern on Kenya Television to sports reporter on BBC Africa.

1996 Double Olympic Champion and 2006 gsport Hall of Fame winner, Penny Heyns, is using her global experience to give up and coming athletes insights into the journey and what it takes to get to the top, as she chats to Celine Abrahams about her online training programme.

As a member of gsport, we encourage you to reach out to us in these times and let us help you grow your brand and be ready for that big opportunity!

Register a free membership and join our growing community!



Photo 1 Caption: For 21 Days in lockdown gsport profiled women in sport and told their untold stories. Our mission has always been to serve and to give our women a platform to share their stories and to help build their brands. Photo: Pixabay


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