Bongi Msomi Breaks New Ground as Glamour SA Cover Star

Spar Proteas captain Bongi Msomi pictured on the Glamour South Africa cover for their June/July Disruptors issue. Photo: Glamour SA website / Franco Kellerman

In The Year of Women’s Sport, a global movement is taking shape as more women athletes find themselves gracing the covers of major magazines. One such inspiring figure is Bongi Msomi, the captain of the Spar Proteas, who has recently been featured on the front of Glamour South Africa for their June/July Disruptors issue, symbolizing the growing recognition of women making waves in sports.

As the winner of the 2022 Momentum gsport Awards Telkom Woman of the Year, Msomi has rightfully earned the spotlight in what promises to be a monumental year for netball in her country. With less than 50 days remaining until the 2023 Vitality Netball World Cup, the stage is set for Msomi to lead her team in Cape Town, where they will compete against international adversaries, aiming to keep the prestigious trophy on home soil.

Msomi’s graceful leadership, confidence, courageousness, and determination will be on full display from 28 July, as she guides the national netball team through the global showpiece. However, her responsibilities don’t end there. Currently, she is also leading the Golden Fireballs team in their quest to retain the Telkom Netball League title at the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria, demonstrating her commitment to the sport both on and off the court.

Reflecting on the honour of leading the national netball team, Msomi expressed her initial fears and doubts about her leadership capabilities. However, she recognizes the immense blessing that comes with the role, believing that it continually moulds and strengthens her as an individual. In an interview with Glamour South Africa, she shared her journey and the personal growth she has experienced, proving that even the most accomplished athletes face their own challenges and insecurities.

She told Glamour South Africa: “It’s an absolute honour! I never dreamt of playing the sport, let alone leading the national side. When it came to my attention that I would be named Captain of the Spar Proteas, I was scared and panicked. I questioned my leadership capabilities and was not sure if I was ready for all that would come with it. But it’s such a massive blessing that keeps building you as a person for the better.”

Beyond her sporting achievements, Msomi has established the Bongi Msomi Legacy Project, a remarkable initiative that provides funding, kits, and covers traveling expenses for young netball players in impoverished communities. This philanthropic endeavor showcases her commitment to nurturing the next generation of athletes and creating opportunities for those who face obstacles due to their circumstances.

Msomi is not the only African sports star to grace the cover of a prestigious magazine. Earlier this year, Tunisian tennis player Ons Jabeur was featured on the cover of Vogue Arabia. In her interview, she expressed her ambitions to continue breaking barriers and inspiring the next generation. Similarly, in December 2022, Smriti Mandhana, an exceptional Indian opener, was featured on the cover of Vogue India, using the platform to challenge the narrative surrounding women participating in male-dominated sports.

These women, Msomi, Jabeur, and Mandhana, are trailblazers in their respective sporting disciplines. By sharing their stories, experiences, and insights, they become invaluable mentors to the next generation of female athletes worldwide, passing on their knowledge and empowering others to follow in their footsteps.

The images captured on the covers of these magazines symbolize the triumphs and dedication of these remarkable women. In the case of Bongi Msomi, her presence on the Glamour South Africa cover for the June/July Disruptors issue radiates strength, grace, and the determination to challenge the status quo.

Photo 1 Caption: Spar Proteas captain Bongi Msomi pictured on the Glamour South Africa cover for their June/July Disruptors issue. Photo: Glamour SA website / Franco Kellerman

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