She was one of a million who adored that sensational 149 by AB de Villiers by witnessing it from the close vintage point of the internationally known Bidvest Wanderers Long Room in 2015 when he needed only 31 deliveries to complete his swashbuckling century.
In 2016, millions watched on TV or as road-side spectators as she won the Comrades Marathon in 6 hours 25 minutes and 55 seconds in the 89 km ultra-race from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.
On Thursday 12th January, Charne Bosman will be back at her beloved Bidvest Wanderers Stadium to ring the bell which will signal the start of the 3rd Sunfoil Test between South Africa and Sri Lanka.
The fulfilment of this role is a traditional part of test cricket at the Bullring and is an honour bestowed upon prominent sport figures at the discretion of the Gauteng Cricket Board. The likes of Cameron van der Burgh, Joost van der Westhuizen and Hon Min Fikile Mbalula have been previous recipients.
Bosman’s achievements were a great motivator when considered by the GCB. Apart from her 2016 Comrades Marathon accolade, she has also been the runner up in 2015 Comrades Marathon, runner up in the 2013 Two Oceans Marathon 56km race, three-time South Africa Marathon champion, has won the Soweto Marathon champion twice and the Two Oceans half-marathon thrice and has represented South Africa 23 times.
“The Comrades is a proudly South African sports product and having one of our own surmount all the incredible challenges, preparation and determination to end victorious is an achievement that we are proud to commemorate and honour,” commented Greg Fredericks, Chief Executive Officer.
“It is an honour to ring the bell at the legendary Bullring. I admire the work ethic and character of the Proteas and I respect the way that Faf du Plessis leads the team with his strong personality and character. This is a terrific experience,” Bosman commented.
If the Proteas could emulate the work-ethic that has made Bosman a champion of one of the world’s premier ultra-marathon events, they will take care of the Sri Lankans in ruthless fashion on Thursday 12th January and on subsequent days.
Photo 1 caption: Charne Bosman (third from right) receives the 2016 Minister’s Excellence Award from Sport and Recreation SA Minister Fikile Mbalula at the 11th gsport Awards, alongside, (from left) Caster Semenya, Odessa Swart (for Tannie Ans Botha), Burta de Kock (for Simnikiwe Mdaka) and Janine van Wyk. Photo: gsport
Photo 2 caption: Comrades champion Charne Bosman rings the bell at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, to become the first woman to signal the start of play of the third Sunfoil Test between SA and Sri Lanka, in Johannesburg on Thursday. Image: Screen capture off the SABC Sport television broadcast
With editing by gsport