gsport had the honour of celebrating its most amazing 6th birthday on a sunny and wintry Joburg on Monday, 1 August, 2012, as the initiative was swamped with messages of support and encouragement.
Instead of hosting a birthday bash, we decided to celebrate in line with our vision of raising the profile of women in sport.
It was fantastic to be on 2oceansvibe Radio with the fabulous Bailey Schneider followed by a visit with Penny Heyns, the inspiration behind the gsport initiative, to the Afternoon Drive with Anele on 94.7 Highveld Stereo.
The highlight of the day was the wonderful birthday messages received from far and wide, including a wonderful tribute from the SPAR National Netball team. Please listen to the clip, and take at read over the amazing support received on twitter, following below in reverse chronological order:
Probably the most amazing message was this special birthday greeting received from SPAR Proteas netball star, Vanes-Mari du Toit, to gsport on behalf of the national netball team. Words can’t adequately describe how special this made us feel!
I did not expect to send Happy Birthday wishes to a 6 year old on twitter …… HAPPY BIRTHDAY @gsport4girls
Jenny van Dyk @JennyvDyk
@gsport4girls Happy 6th birthday! You are really making a huge difference! @TuksNetballClub
Tiffany Kruger @Tiffany_Kruger
@gsport4girls Thanks a million and Happy Birthday, U r doing wonderful things for the sporting world.
Lise Olivier @LiseOlivier
Thanks to @gsport4girls for 6 years of promoting and encouraging women in sport. Much appreciated!
Chanelle Scheepers @ChaniScheepers
Happy 6th Birthday to @gsport4girls @KassNaidoo. Keep up the good work!
Emily Anne Gray @EmilyGraySA
Happy happy 6th Birthday!!! @gsport4girls Keep up the awesome work for women in sport:D #Lovingit
Marsha Marescia @MarshaM8
Happy 6th Birthday gsport! Thanks for all you do for promoting women in SA!!! Truly inspirational!!!
Happy birthday to @gsport4girls ! Still the only platform ONLY for he ladies, to be also celebrated in the sporting Fraternity! Love always!
@gsport4girls Gr8 initiative Kas
Marissa Langeni @marissalangeni
@gsport4girls Hope you are having a fantastic birthday bash!! Thanks for your constant support of @sawhockey and @SA_Hockey
Melissa Reddy @1stLadyOfFooty
Six not out! Happy Birthday @gsport4girls. Thanks for the amazing work you’ve done in female sport. Long may it continue x
Netball South Africa @SANetball
@gsport4girls Happy birthday. Netball South Africa salutes you for everything you are doing for us and all our woman in sport.
Carin Strauss @JustNetball
@gsport4girls @TashZoe Thanks for the birthday wishes. And many more to GSPORT!! You do a fabulous job.
Marlise Roodt @DrSlinky
Happy birthday and thank you for what you do for Woman in Sport @KassNaidoo @gsport4girls
Bailey Schneider @BaileySchneider
The inspiring and wonderful @kassnaidoo chatting about @gsport4girls on @2ovfm http://pic.twitter.com/tYJrMITG
KG Montjane @montkay
It’s been a great 6 yrs @gsport4girls of success in promoting women in sport,wishing U many more years of success,Happy 6th Years Birthday:)
Jade Mckenzie-Mayne @JMM_11
Raising the profile of #SouthAfrican women in sport!!! @gsport4girls What an incredible initiative and 6 years young @KassNaidoo #proudlySA
Pumla Sokanyile @PumPum8
@gsport4girls happy birthday may you have many more years,great job u doing for women in sport. Continue doing so.☺♥
Greg Arthur @ohgodknows
Happy birthday @gsport4girls ! Keep making waves. 🙂 #followsa
Wendy Trott @Wendy_Trott
Happy 6th birthday to @gsport4girls ! So great to see the passion and dedication to women’s sport! Keep it up!
Elle Hughes-Blignaud @elle_pixelle
@gsport4girls would love to do a quick interview in celebration of your 6 years of excellence…how?
Ilse Langhout @Kortstok
@gsport4girls 6 years already! Thanks for all the hard work so far. May women sports in SA grow and excell to keep you going for many more!
Andrew Ross @maddog_sa
Happy Happy Birthday – @gsport4girls — all the best!
Elana Meyer @elanameyer
Happy birthday to @gsport4girls & @KassNaidoo ! You have inspired many woman and broaden the platform to recognise performances! Go girls
Amanda Mynhardt @AmandaMynhardt
@gsport4girls happy birthday! Thank you for all the support you give to netball in SA. From all of the #SASparProteas
Jodene Shaer @Jodenecoza
A very happy birthday @gsport4girls on your 6 years of supporting & uplifting women in sport. @KassNaidoo you are an inspiration #FollowSA
Natalie Le Clue @nlc27
Happy Birthday @gsport4girls Thanks for starting such a great initiative that continues to soar even higher with each passing year You Rock!
M Strauss @HoneyBadgerMS
Happy birthday to @JustNetball @gsport4girls !!!
Gareth Paterson @Gareth_Paterson
Happy Birthday. Carry on the good work @gsport4girls
Oxigen Communications @OxigenComms
Happy Birthday!! @gsport4girls
SPAR North Rand @SPARladiespta
@gsport4girls Happy Birthday!!
Happy Birthday to @gsport4girls!!! 6years of Focusing on Women in Sport!!!! Yaaay #TeamSA Awesome Job by Kass Naidoo! KEAGANIC SALUTE
Natasha Zoe Marot @TashZoe
Wishing the awesome @gsport4girls a very happy 6th birthday! Thanks for all the support!!
Zola Budd @UnlimitedZola
Happy 6th Birthday @gsport4girls. Thanks for all your work promoting women’s sport in SA. #awesome
Lynette Burger @LynetteBurger
RT @gsport4girls: RT @mkeet10: Happy birthday @gsport4girls! You guys are great for sporting ladies around Sa 😉 thank you!
Vanessa da Rocha @Ness13Apples
Happy birthday @gsport4girls! Thank you for all you do in promoting women in sports! #WomensMonth
Kass Naidoo @KassNaidoo
Thank you @pennyheyns for inspiring the launch of @gsport4girls! You ROCK!!! xxx
Marcelle Keet @mkeet10
Happy birthday @gsport4girls! You guys are great for sporting ladies around Sa 😉 thank you!
Reggie Nel @ReggieNel
RT @pennyheyns: Congrats @KassNaidoo & team on 6th birthday anniversary of @gsport4girls. Tx for what you’ve done 4 women’s sport. #SA_gold
Penny Heyns @pennyheyns
Congrats @KassNaidoo & team on the 6th birthday anniversary of @gsport4girls. Thanks for what you’ve done 4 women’s sport.
Grant Pringle @grantpringle
Happy birthday to @gsport4girls promoting women’s sport in SA cc @CricketSchool @ProudlySA (6 years and running …wow )
Pietie Coetzee @pietiecoetzee
@gsport4girls happy 6th birthday! It is incredible what you do for women in sport. Thank you!!
Pierre Bellew @pierre_bellew
totally following @gsport4girls now. I believe in women in sport. @ashleighcycling, our BEST & she is only cycling 5years.
Girls & Football SA @GirlsFootballSA
Happy National Women’s Month! #DoYourPart! @zilevandamme @gsport4girls @espnW @MichAtagana @IWGWomenSport @UN_Women http://pic.twitter.com/IbfLNjW5
sasha martinengo @F1sasha
RT @BallzRadio: Women in sport kick butt – happy 6th birthday @gsport4girls!
Women in sport kick butt – happy 6th birthday @gsport4girls!
Kass Naidoo @KassNaidoo
@bruceybld @gsport4girls Thanks for what you do for women’s sport, Bruce. It is a team effort 🙂
Liezel vd Westhuizen @liezelv
Celebrating Women Month and Celebrating a website that celebrates women in Sport. Happy 6th Bday @gsport4girls
Liezel vd Westhuizen @liezelv
Happy 6th birthday to @gsport4girls. Thank you for the great work you do in promoting women in sport
Tarryn Chudleigh @Tarryn_C
Happy 6th birthday @gsport4girls hopefully its filled with a couple Olympic medals 🙂
Bruce Davidson @bruceybld
Wishing @gsport4girls a very happy 6th birthday! Congrats! May there be many more! Thanks for ur important role in promoting women’s sport!