African Women in Sport Unite to Empower Future Stars

by | Mar 9, 2021

Leading African women in sport are challenging themselves to continue to blaze a trail and empower the next generation as we celebrated International Women’s Day on Monday, 8 March 2021.

The ChoosetoChallenge hashtag trended across social media as women in sport from across the globe united to honour those who broke barriers and current leaders who have taken charge.

Scroll down for links to all six #IWD videos featured by gsport on YouTube

“I choose to amplify the strides women have made and are making in sports both on and off the pitch,” revealed BBC Africa Sport Journalist, Celestine Karooney.

“And, to hold those in leadership positions in women’s sport accountable to ensure that women get the required support.”

I choose to challenge myself to share the incredible work that women are doing in sport.” – South African Rugby Union’s referee, Aimee Barrett-Theron

Echoeing Karooney’s sentiments, South African Rugby Union’s referee, Aimee Barrett-Theron, is choosing to lead from the field.

“I choose to challenge myself to share the incredible work that women are doing in sport and to keep working hard for women in the rugby world.”

Having broken barriers on the international football scene, Banyana Banyana duo consisting of captain Janine van Wyk and Thembi Kgatlana have vouched to empower young girls to follow their sporting dreams.

“I would like to continue to empower, inspire and encourage all women to never doubt that they are valuable and powerful,” said van Wyk.

Media continues to play a pivotal role to provide coverage of the incredible work ethic of our women in sport, which gsport Content Lead, Celine Abrahams, is thrilled to be part of as she challenges herself to be a voice for all.

“I believe that it is key that I use my voice and the gsport platform to tell the positive stories of our women,” said Abrahams/

You can view gsport’s #IWD2021 coverage on Twitter


Photo 1 Caption: Women across the globe gather on International Women’s Day and #ChoosetoChallenge themselves to uplift the status on women in society. Photo:


Links to all 6 of gsport’s #IWD #ChooseToChallenge Commitment videos on YouTube:
South African Rugby Union Referee, Aimee Barrett-Theron

BBC Africa Journalist, Celestine Karoney

gsport Content Lead, Celine Abrahams

South African National Women’s Soccer captain, Janine van Wyk

gsport Intern, Koketso Kgogome

Banyana Banyana International Footballer, Thembi Kgatlana


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