Blown Away by Birthday Blessings

by | Aug 2, 2012

The day started with a most special cappuccino-inspired artistic gift at gsport’s favourite Life Café, in Hyde Park – can you believe the artwork? Wow, what a start to the day, so spoiled! Photo: gsport

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:
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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!

womenwithwaves ‏@womenwithwaves

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!

Next up was Kass’ interview on popular online streaming radio station, 2OceansVibe with the ever-vivacious Bailey Schneider, we’ll link to the podcast as soon as we have the link. Photo: gsport

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!!!

Lebohang ‏@LeboMotsoeli

Happy birthday to @gsport4girls ! Still the only platform ONLY for he ladies, to be also celebrated in the sporting Fraternity! Love always!

Mis3dipak ‏@Mis3dupla

@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.

And as the most amazing messages of supported continued to stream in via twitter, Kass joined the inaugural gsport Hall of Fame inductee, and the inspiration behind the gsport initiative, double-Olympic gold medallist, Penny Heyns, on Joburg's No.1 Hit Music Station, 94.7 Highveld Stereo with the captivating afternoon drive show host, Anele. Photo: gsport

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

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!!

KeaLeeBBA7 ‏@KeaLeeBBA7

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

sasha martinengo ‏@F1sasha

RT @BallzRadio: Women in sport kick butt – happy 6th birthday @gsport4girls!

Ballz ‏@BallzRadio

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!


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