Contenders to be Considered for #gsport16 Nominations

Photo 1 Caption: 2019 Momentum gsport Awards’ Estée Lauder Style Star of the Year trophy awarded to SuperSport sportscaster, Lindiwe Dube. Photo: Lindiwe Dube

When Covid-19 hit last year, we committed to publishing at least one story a day in the gsport newsroom and it has resulted in a mountain of contenders to be considered for #gsport16 nominations.

If you haven’t nominated anyone yet, here’s an inspirational list of achievers that you may want to consider putting forward for recognition on the Momentum gsport Awards stage.

Nominate now!


July 2020 Leading Weekend Sports News:

6 July:
Laura Wolvaardt wins three accolades at CSA Awards
Natasha Tshiclas Lauds CAF’s Moves to Establish Club Women’s Champs
Four Days Left for Momentum gsport nominations

13 July:
300 nominations showcasing more than 150 nominees received for Momentum gsport awards
Jermaine Seoposenwe and Nothando Vilakazi sign international contracts
Hilton Moreeng reappointed on three year deal

20 July:
Leading Women in sport address Black Lives Matter
Janine van Wyk, Amanda Mthandi and Kelso Peskin sign international contracts
Monique Smit qualifies for 2020 AIG British Women’s Open

27 July:
Big week ahead of Momentum gsport Awards finalists announcements
Thembi Kgatlana signs with SD Eibar
Momentum Proteas squad assembles in Pretoria ahead of plans to return to action


July #GAL2020 Newsmakers:

Lonwabo Nkohla – joins #gsport15 campaign as Sub-Editor
Laura Wolvaardt – wins three accolades at Cricket South Africa Awards
Amanda Mthandi – signs first international professional contract with Club Deportivo Badajoz Femenino in Spain
Monique Smit – qualifies for the 2020 AIG Women’s British Open
Tazmin Brits – Senwes North West Dragons Player of the Year and Batter of the Year and CSA Women’s Provincial Cricketer of the Year Award
Nothando Vilakazi – signs for Spanish outfit, EDF Logrono
Hilton Moreeng – re-appointed Momentum Proteas Women head coach for 3 years
Jermaine Seoposenwe – joins Portuguese outfit, Sporting Braga
Janine van Wyk – seals deal with Glasgow City FC
Kelso Peskin – signs a one-year deal with French Ligue 2 side Stade Brestois 29 Feminines
Lerato Malekutu – joins #gsport15 campaign as PR Manager
Thembi Kgatlana – moves to SD Eibar in the LaLiga Iberdrola
Christa Kgamphe – joins international agency – LTA
Zenay Jordaan – joins the MyPlayers Rugby Board
Chloe Tryon – re-signs with Hobart Hurricanes in Australia
Momentum Proteas – team returns to training in Pretoria
Lizelle Lee – signs for Melbourne Renegades in Australia
Lebogang Ramalepe and Rhoda Mulaudzi – sign lucrative deals with FC


August 2020 Leading Weekend Sports News:

10 August:
Few hours remain as the 2020 Momentum gsport Awards Voting Hall closes at midnight
Boxing South Africa appoints Cindy Nkomo as Acting CEO
Footballer Noko Matlou to host inaugural soccer tournament in Limpopo in December

17 August:
First ever #gsportmasterclass empowers women in sport to boldly own their success
International bowler Shabnim Ismail re-signs with Sydney Thunder in the Women’s Big Bash League
Banyana Banyana vice-captain Refiloe Jane earns contract extension with AC Milan in Italy

24 August:
One week remains for the anticipated 2020 Momentum gsport Awards winners announcement
Cricket South Africa announces Kugandrie Govender as Acting Chief Executive Officer
Wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane withdraws from US Open due to Covid-19 health protocols

31 August:
The 2020 Momentum gsport Awards will be broadcast on SuperSport at 20h30! Who will walk away with the coveted awards?
Public Choice award goes to the finalist who best activates their community without winning the Award they were a finalist in
The inaugural Miss Congeniality Award recognises a nominee who has shown unconditional support for the 2020 Momentum gsport Awards finalists


August #GAL2020 Newsmakers:

Momentum gsport Awards – honoured women in sport during Covid-19 times
Hayley Nixon – Momentum Athlete of the Year
#gsport15 winners – all 27 2020 Momentum gsport Awards winners
#gsport15 Presenter Squad – Kea Motlokwa, Rachel Makhura, Lonwabo Nkohla, Lesego Pooe and Sinethemba Mbatha led Presenter Squad for the 2020 Momentum gsport Awards
Rabi Mpete – first ever Miss Congeniality winner
Nadine de Klerk – joins Brisbane Heat
Rhoda Mulaudzi, Bambanani Mbane and Lebogang Ramalepe – win Belarusian Women’s Cup title
Kugandrie Govender – appointed Acting Chief Executive Officer of CSA
gsport launches first ever Media Masterclass
Shabnim Ismail – re-signs with Sydney Thunder
Refiloe Jane – earns contract extension with AC Milan
Cindy Nkomo – appointed Acting CEO of Boxing SA
Laura Wolvaardt – joins Adelaide Strikers
Kaleigh Telfer and Kajal Mistry – debuted in the US Women’s Amateur Championships
Zanele Nhlapho and Andisiwe Mgcoyi – sign one-year deals with KFF Mitrovica


September 2020 Leading Weekend Sports News:

7 September:
#gsport15 winners star in #GAL2020 August Newsmakers
Mignon du Preez recommits to Melbourne Stars in the WBBL
Rhoda Mulaudzi, Bambanani Mbane and Lebogang Ramalepe win Belarusian Women’s Cup title

14 September:
Global Woman in Sport Karla Pretorius celebrates 100th Suncorp Super Netball League appearance
SAFA says it wants to host first ever CAF Women Champions League tournament
Double Olympic champion Caster Semenya reassures fans following Swiss Court’s ruling preventing Tokyo title defence

21 September:
Momentum commits to Proteas Women until 2023 as Nontokozo Madonsela urges corporate support for women’s sport
Laurian Johannes appointed Springbok Women coaching intern for Rugby World Cup 2021
Netball gets greenlight to resume while squash announce strong field for SA Nationals

28 September:
Swim champion Tatjana Schoenmaker sets new African and SA 200m breaststroke records during shortcourse trials
#gsport15 winner Nosipho Mthembu tops the charts taking the U23 K1 title at KZN Marathon Champs
International goal shooter Lenize Potgieter scores 500th goal in Australia’s Suncorp Super Netball League


September  #GAL2020 Newsmakers:

Natalie Barlow – graduates with the prestigious UEFA Certificate in Football Management
Mitchum – becomes the first major sponsor for Western Province Women’s Cricket team
Durban cracks the nod to host the first-ever World Table Tennis Championships in South Africa
Kgothatso Montjane – set to resume professional play at the 2020 French Open Grand Slam
Tatjana Schoenmaker – sets new 200m breaststroke record, which was held by Suzaan van Biljon for 12-years
Nosipho Mthembu – wins the u23 K1 title at the KZN Marathon Championships
gsport – launches #gsportWCG to unite the South African women’s sport community
Lenize Potgieter – passes the 500th Suncorp Super Netball League goal mark
Ria Ledwaba – re-joins SAFA as Vice-President
TNL – Telkom Netball League returns. Telkom also extends deal with Netball South Africa until 2022
Squash SA – offers equal prize money for Growthpoint SA Nationals
Laurian Johannes – appointed Springbok Women’s Coaching Intern for the 2021 Rugby World Cup
Momentum – commits to the Momentum Proteas team until 2023
Karla Pretorius – completes over 100 appearances in the Suncorp Super Netball League
SAFA – expresses interest in hosting the first-ever CAF Women Champions League
Dillon du Preez – appointed Momentum Proteas assistant coach
Engen – introduces the junior women’s Engen Knockout Challenge


October 2020 Leading Weekend Sports News:

5 October:
Gerda Steyn sets new PB record and climbs to second place on all-time SA Marathon rankings
Momentum Proteas rise to fourth on ICC Women’s ODI team rankings
Rhoda Mulaudzi, Bambanani Mbane and Lebogang Ramalepe power FC Dinamo Minsk’s Belarus Champs win, Ode Fulutudilu celebrates with maiden Finnish champs Aland United

12 October:
Momentum Proteas’ Ayabonga Khaka and Suné Luus become first SA cricketers to play in the BCCI-hosted Women’s T20 Challenge
International netball star Phumza Maweni celebrates 100 league appearances in Australia’s Suncorp Super Netball League
With the S2 title in the bag Jenna Ward also wins the China Silver Asset Management S1 Surfski Championship title in St Francis Bay

19 October:
Alex Fuller defeats Lizelle Muller to win third Growthpoint SA Nationals Squash title
Glenrose Xaba sets new PB record at Gdynia 2020 World Half-Marathon Champs in Poland
BNP Paribas selects Kgothatso Montjane and Kaitlyn Ramduth as ambassadors

26 October:
Karla Pretorius wins third consecutive Sunshine Coast Lightning Player of the Year award
Success for Duné Coetzee and Tatjana Schoenmaker at SA Nationals Short Course Swimming Championships
COSAFA announces fixtures for senior women’s and U17 championships


October #GAL2020 Newsmakers:

Rhoda Mulaudzi, Bambanani Mbane and Lebogang Ramalepe – win the Belarus Women’s Championship title with FC Dinamo Minsk
Gerda Steyn – sets new PB record at London Marathon and climbs to second place on all-time SA Marathon Rankings
Kholosa Biyana – joins Real Sporting on a one-year deal
Babalwa Latsha – included in Unstoppables team
Ode Fulutudilu – wins Finnish Cup with Aland United
Jenna Ward – wins China Silver Asset Management SA S1 Surfski Championship and national double ski title
Phumza Maweni – celebrates 100 league appearances for Sunshine Coast Lightning
Ayabonga Khaka and Suné Luus – become first South African cricketers to play in the Women’s T20 Challenge in UAE
Noko Matlou – joins SD Eibar in Spain
Esti van Tonder – wins SA Marathon Championships title
Veda Manie – first woman to serve on the incoming executive committee of the South African Rugby Employers’ Association
Alex Fuller – completes a dominant performance to win third Growthpoint SA Nationals title
Kgothatso Montjane and Kaitlyn Ramduth – selected as ambassadors for the second edition of the BNP Paribas RCS Rising Tennis competition
Glenrose Xaba – sets new PB record at the World Half Marathon race in Poland
Annie Bothma – sets new PB record at Sanlam Cape Town Marathon
Caitlyn Macnab – wins Open Championship title
SACD – retain Growthpoint Interprovincial Squash title
Kaylah Williams – wins Ackerman Championship
Karla Pretorius – wins third consecutive Sunshine Coast Lightning Player of the Year award
Elana Meyer – receives World Peace Award recognition
Tatjana Schoenmaker – sets new African record at the SA National Short Course Swimming Champs
Eastern Cape Aloes – win the Telkom Netball League Division B title
Gauteng Jaguars – win fourth consecutive Telkom Netball League Division A title
Nonkululeko Mlaba, Nondumiso Shangase, Jade de Figuerido, Gabisile Nkosi – included in Powerade National Academy squad
Elizabeth de Koker – new SAFA NEC member and President of the Thabo Mofutsanyana Region
Keo Mokolopo – elected 2nd SA Gymnastics Vice-President


November 2020 Leading Weekend Sports News:

2 November:
Gauteng Jaguars win fourth consecutive Telkom Netball League title
Thembi Kgatlana’s solitary goal hands crucial away victory over Espanyol to SD Eibar
Kaiyuree Moodley cards 5-under par to win the WP Championships Stroke Play at Durbanville Golf Club

9 November:
Michaela Whitebooi draws closer to Tokyo Olympics qualification winning gold at the Cameroon African Open
SASCOC elects five leading women in sport including two Vice Presidents to its new board
Top 2020 finish for Ode Fulutudilu as Aland WFC adds Finland’s League Champs to national Cup title

16 November:
Banyana Banyana win fourth consecutive COSAFA Women’s Championship title at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Michaela Whitebooi wins gold at Dakar African Open 2020 drawing closer to Tokyo Olympics qualification
Sinethemba Mbatha successfully completes first tournament as U17’s and Banyana Banyana Media Officer

23 November:
SA cricketers light up Australia’s WBBL over the weekend as semi-finals loom
Aimee Barrett-Theron breaks new ground becoming first woman to officiate men’s Super Rugby match
Vicki Traut celebrates back-to-back victories at South African Women’s Mid-Amateur Champs

30 November:
Shabnim Ismail becomes first international player – male or female – to be names Player of the Match in an Australian BBL final
SPAR Proteas earn clean sweep of victories in the SPAR Challenge three-test series against Malawi
Minister Nathi Mthethwa honours Banyana Banyana with medals, certificates and prize money in celebratory dinner


November #GAL2020 Newsmakers:

Central Gauteng Lions Cricket – Lioness players have received contracts ahead of the new season and Imperial as naming rights sponsor.
Valencia Seshoene – included in the IOC Young Leaders six-week learning sprint program.
Old Edwardians Cricket – launch first women’s team in the club’s 100th season.
SASCOC – five out of eight new South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee board members are leading women in sport.
Michaela Whitebooi – draws closer to Tokyo Olympics qualification winning gold medals at Cameroon African Open and Senegal African Open.
Jessica Wade – rewarded with a trip to Spain courtesy of LaLiga for her outstanding performance at the 2020 COSAFA Women’s Championship.
Rabi Mpete – appointed Netball World Cup 2023 Project Manager.
Hildah Magaia – wins Player of the Tournament award at 2020 COSAFA Women’s Championship.
Banyana Banyana – win fourth consecutive COSAFA Women’s Championship title.
Sinethemba Mbatha – appointed Banyana Banyana and U17 National Boys’ Team Media Officer.
Kaiyuree Moodley – preparing to leave South Africa to fulfil her dreams of playing the sport in the United States of America.
Sibulele Holweni – wins Golden Boot award at 2020 COSAFA Women’s Championship.
Vicki Traut – earns back-to-back victories in the South African Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.
Warren Abrahams – appointed full-time Wales Women head coach.
Springbok Women – South Africa will face England, France and Fiji in Pool C of the 2021 Rugby World Cup.
Aimee Barrett-Theron – broke new ground to become the first woman to officiate a men’s Super Rugby match.
Leandra Smeda – signs deal with Portuguese giants, Famalicao.
Tshina Mdau – produces successful debut performance for the SPAR Proteas during the SPAR Challenge.
Shabnim Ismail – becomes the first ever overseas player to win the Player of the Match award in a men’s or women’s Big Bash League Final.
#MGxGSPORT partnership – Mail and Guardian backs gsport to power the coverage of African women in sport.
Nathi Mthethwa – honours the success of Banyana Banyana.
SPAR Proteas – secure SPAR Challenge series whitewash with record-breaking win in final Test against Malawi.
Roxanne Clarke – appointed captain of South Africa’s team for the Billie Jean King Cup.


December 2020 Leading Weekend Sports News:

7 December:
Kenya’s Peres Jepchirchir sets PB and course record for marathon gold in Valencia, Spain
Cricket SA announces squads for four teams competing in T20 Women’s Super League 3.0
Glenrose Xaba smashes course record at Nedbank Skosana 10km in a time of 34:48

14 December:
South Africa’s Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio wins first ever virtual UCI Cycling World eSports Championship
Banyana Banyana climb to 53rd in the world and 3rd on the continent in latest FIFA Rankings
Tshwane beat Kaunda to win their third successive SPAR Netball National Championship title

21 December:
Tatjana Schoenmaker sets new 50m long course breaststroke African record at NTS Champs
Major week as gsport hosts #GAL2020 and publishes first four-page supplement in the Mail & Guardian
Michalea Whitebooi wins third gold medal in over a month at African senior champs

28 December:
Dané van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp included in ICC Women’s ODI Teamd of the Decade
Banyana Banyana striker Ode Fulutudilu signs with Glasgow City FC
Africa set for increased representation at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup


December #GAL2020 Newsmakers:

Banyana Banyana
Department of Sport, Arts & Culture
Desiree Ellis
Glenrose Xaba
Karla Pretorius
KG Montjane
Laura Wolvaardt
Michaela Whitebooi
Shabnim Ismail


January 2021 Leading Weekend Sports News: 

4 January:
#GAL2021 launches to kickstart the third edition of SA’s only women’s sport newsmakers event
Leading amateur golf events given go ahead under strict Covid-19 regulations
Pakistan Cricket Board name team for upcoming women’s tour of South Africa

11 January:
Taye Perry and driver Brian Baragwanath still in the hunt at Dakar 2021
Gerda Steyn earns second place finish at Super Sport Events 5km Race in Dubai
Diana Lebo Phalula finishes first in Cross Country Champs at Central Gauteng Athletics

18 January:
International footballer Jermaine Seoposenwe scores history making brace in Portuguese Women’s Cup title victory
Taye Perry becomes first African woman to complete back to back Dakar Rally races
Cricket South Africa announces Suné Luus as captain of 18 player squad ahead of inbound Pakistan tour

25 January:
Momentum Proteas secure series win over Pakistan ahead of final ODI
International footballer Linda Motlhalo wins Djurgardens IF Newcomer of the Year award
Heike Janse van Vuuren wins her first ITF Junior Singles Title at the Curro Tennis Series Tournament in Durban


January #GAL2021 Newsmakers:

Akhona Makalima – Only Woman Selected to Officiate at 2021 Men’s AFCON
Gerda Steyn – Races to Second Fastest Time Ever at Super Sport 10km in Dubai
Heike Janse van Vuuren – Bags First ITF Junior Singles Title in Durban
Jermaine Seoposenwe – History-Making Brace Powers SC Braga to Cup Title
JVW Girls Football Club – Full-Time High Performance Academy added to Sponsorships Success
Lebo Phalula – Wins Gold at Central Gauteng Athletics Cross Country Champs
Lenel Human – First Woman Elected as Mind Sports SA Gauteng Director
Linda Motlhalo – Djurgårdens IF Fotboll Sweden Newcomer of the Year
Momentum Proteas – Secure ODI Series Whitewash over Pakistan in Durban
Noko Matlou – Earns First Professional Debut for SD Eibar in Spain
Nonkululeko Mlaba – Makes Immediate Impact on T20I Debut for Momentum Proteas
Shabnim Ismail – First South African Bowler to Take 100 T20I Wickets
Tatjana Schoenmaker – Olympic Swim Contender Signs Sponsorship with Eagle Ford
Taye Perry – First African Woman to Complete Back-to-Back Dakar Rallies
Tazmin Brits – Hits back-to-back 50’s to take Momentum Proteas to T20I Series Win
Team South Africa – SASCOC reassures athletes that all on track for Tokyo Olympics
Trisha Chetty – Overtakes Sarah Taylor for most dismissals in international cricket


February 2021 Leading Weekend Sports News: 

1 February:
Superstar Shabnim Ismail rises to 2nd place on ICC T20 International rankings
Sport climber Erin Sterkenburg wins gold at African Champs to qualify for Olympics
Kgothatso Montjane represents South Africa in doubles final of Victorian Open

8 February:
Superstar Shabnim Ismail rises to 2nd place on ICC International Rankings
Sport Climber Erin Sterkenburg wins gold at African Champs to qualify for Olympics
Kgothatso Montjane represents South Africa in doubles final of Victorian Open

15 February:
Wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane defeats Angelica Bernal to book Australian Open semi-final spot
ICC crowns global pace-bowler Shabnim Ismail inaugural Women’s Player of the Month award
South Sudan Women’s Football Association appoints Shilene Booysen as head coach on a 2-year deal

22 February:
Henley Africa and gsport host successful stakeholders sessions
History-maker Caitlyn Macnab defends SA Amateurs title at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf course
Wheelchair tennis ace Kgothatso Montjane earns doubles runners-up medal at Australian Open


February #GAL2021 Newsmakers:

Babalwa Latsha – joins Rugby Africa’s sub-committee for Player Welfare and Participation
Caitlyn Macnab – makes history defending her SA Amateur title
Caster Semenya – Caster Semenya Foundation announces major partnership with Boston City Campus
Dané van Niekerk – re-signs with Oval Invincibles in The Hundred competition
Delien Kleinhans – earns the R120 000 KM Sport Premier Challenge title
Erin Sterkenburg – set to represent South Africa at the Olympic Games in Tokyo
Henley Africa – supports gsport with a historic learning-based strategy to build a support movement for the professionalisation of women’s sport and hosts a successful stakeholders’ session
Hildah Magaia – signs two-year contract with Morön BK in Sweden
JVW Girls Football Club – signs partnership with Hollywoodbets
Kgothatso Montjane – earns doubles silver medals at Victorian Open and Australian Open, also joins Discovery Vitality as ambassador
Lynne Cantwell – joins Springbok Women’s team as SA Rugby’s first High Performance Manager for Women’s Rugby
Megan Streicher – wins South African Women’s Stroke Play title
Refiloe Jane – joins HFPA Fitness Academy as ambassador and student
Saudah Bhaimia – first woman to climb to top of the rankings in Mind Sports South Africa’s history
Shabnim Ismail – rises to second place in the ICC T20 International bowling rankings and earns inaugural Player of the Month award
Shilene Booysen – appointed South Sudan women’s football head coach
Thembi Kgatlana – goalscoring form for SD Eibar in Spain
Zinhle Ndawonde – signs major deal with renowned global sports management organisation, Prosport International


March 2021 Leading Weekend Sports News: 

1 March:
Cricket South Africa names unchanged 17-member squad for the upcoming 9-match ODI and T20 series in Lucknow, India
Banyana Banyana star Hildah Magaia pens a 2-year deal with Morön BK in Sweden
Netball South Africa names its SA U21 Baby Proteas Netball team ahead of the SPAR Challenge series in Cape Town

8 March:
South Africa thrash India in opening ODI
South African cyclists dominate African Champs in Egypt
Mr Price Sport signs multi-year multi-Games contract with SASCOC, backs Team SA to Tokyo Games

15 March:
South Africa win ODI series against India
Michelle Weber wins Midmar Mile to qualify for Olympics
SA Handball Federation launches first women in sport commission

22 March:
South Africa win first ever T20i series against India
Christie Mackenzie defends Dusi Canoe Marathon Champs title
Michelle Weber retains 10km National Open Water title

29 March:
Glenrose Xaba smashes PB in 5000m race at AGN Track and Field Champs
SPAR Proteas march on in tri-nations tournament in Cape Town
Women’s sport wins big at Minister’s Recognition of Excellence in Sport Awards


March #GAL2021 Newsmakers:

Aneesah Adams – first female rugby head coach of UWC’s women’s rugby team
Canoeing South Africa – partners with Science in Sport to ensure athletes have access to UK-made supplements and recovery products that are WADA compliant and thoroughly tested
Cricket South Africa – 15 women’s cricketers now contracted, including latest recruit, Lara Goodall
Cycling South Africa – elite and junior cyclists win big at African Continental Road Championships in Cairo
Department of Sport, Arts & Culture – honour leading women in sport at Minister’s Recognition of Excellence in Sport Awards
Flash Sponsorship – partners gsport to boost commercialisation of women’s sport in South Africa
Glenrose Xaba – smashes PB at the 5000m at the AGN Track and Field Championships
Laura Wolvaardt – becomes youngest South African to reach  2000 ODI runs
Lizelle Lee – holds record for most ODI centuries by any South African cricket player
Michelle Weber – wins 2021 aQuelle Midmar Mile and SA National Open Water Champs
Momentum Proteas – win ODI and T20 series over India in Lucknow
Nontu Mgabhi – raises R1.7 million to refurbish KZN Primary School
Planet Fitness & FitSA – partner SASCOC to boost athlete medal winning ability
Sarah Hill – signs one-year contract with Liv Factory Racing Team
South African Handball Federation – launch historic women’s commission aimed at creating equal opportunities
SPAR Proteas – win the SPAR Challenge International Tri-Nations Series in Cape Town
Sunette Viljoen – headlines first ASA Athletix Invitational Meet with a 58.00m effort
Suzanie Pretorius – wins first ever ITF title against Russian top-seed Elizaveta Shebekina
Team SA/Mr Price Sport – sign a multi-year, multi-Games partnership, which makes the sportswear retailer the official apparel sponsor of Team SA
Thembi Kgatlana – continues red hot goal scoring form for SD Eibar in Spain
Wenda Nel – wins 400m hurdles race at the ASA Athletix Invitational Meet


April 2021 Leading Weekend Sports News: 

5 April:
Bongi Msomi leads SPAR Proteas to tri-nations clean sweep
Wenda Nel 400m title at ASA Athletix International Meet
Esti van Tonder backed by Canoeing SA to qualify for Olympics

12 April:
Tatjana Schoenmaker shatters more records and first ever SA 4x100m relay team qualify for Olympics
Gerda Steyn shatters SA Marathon Record, new PB qualifies Irvette van Zyl for Olympics, as duo shine in Italy
Banele Shabangu wins 100m and 200m U20 titles at Twizza ASA Age Category Championships in Paarl

19 April:
Simone Kruger smashes new discus world record with distance of 34.53m at ASA Champs in Tshwane
Caitlyn Macnab makes SA golf history powering to emphatic eight-stroke victory at Jabra Ladies Classic Open
Reabetswe Moloi sprints to 100m national title, new 400m PB for Deline Mpiti on final day of ASA Champs

26 April:
World record for champion para-athlete Maria Combrink at Toyota SASAPD National Championship
Global star Karla Pretorius to captain Sunshine Coast Lightning for 2021 Suncorp Netball League season
Michaela Fletcher breaks into professional winners ranks claiming SuperSport Ladies Open title


April #GAL2021 Newsmakers:

Arina Nicolaisen – Set new 1500m (T38) African record at Toyota SASAPD Champs
Awande Malinga – Wins Balwin Properties SA Schools Squash Closed 2021 title
Banele Shabangu  – Wins 100m and 200m SAU20 titles at TWIZZA ASA Age-Category Championships
Caitlyn Macnab – Makes history winning the Jabra Ladies Classic title
Caster Semenya – Wins 5,000m title in PB time of 15:52.28 at Sizwe Medical Fund ASA Senior Track and Field Championships
Charné Felix – Sets New Africa Record in Long Jump Open women T44 with 4,37 effort
Elanza Jordaan – Wins gold in BC3 final of Boccia event at Toyota SASAPD Champs
Gerda Steyn – Shatters Colleen de Reuck’s SA Women’s Marathon record with time of 2:25:28 at Xiamen Marathon Tuscany Camp Global Elite race in Italy
Isabella van Rooyen – Wins Nomads SA Girl’s Rose Bowl Championship to secure first national title
Irvette van Zyl – Sets new personal best, dipping under 2:30:00 for the first time, qualifying for the Olympics
Justine Palframan – Wins 200m event at Sizwe Medical Fund ASA Track and Field Championships
Karla Pretorius – Appointed captain of Sunshine Coast Lightning for the 2021 Suncorp Netball League season
Kat Swanepoel – Qualifies for Paralympic Games in Tokyo
Lizelle Lee – Announced ICC Player of the Month for March
Maria Combrink – Sets new F46 Shot-Put World Record at Toyota SASAPD National Championships
Michaela Fletcher – Breaks into professional winners ranks with victory in the SuperSport Ladies Open
Michelle Burn – Claims the national women’s single ski title at Fenn SA Surfski Championships
Miné de Klerk – Shatters 15-year women’s U20 shot-put record at TWIZZA Athletics South Africa Age-Category Championships
Momentum Proteas – Qualify for Birmingham 2022 as women’s cricket gears up for first ever Commonwealth Games participation
Patience Shikwambana – Announced Chair of 2023 Netball World Cup Board
Reabetswe Moloi – New SA national women’s 100m champion
Saskia Hockly – Wins women’s single ski race at Thule Season Starter
Simone Kruger  Sets new Africa Record in Shot-put Open women F38 with 11,23 effort
Tatjana Schoenmaker – Posts three national and African records, including second-fastest time globally of 1:05.74 in 100m breaststroke at SA Swimming Championships
Yané van der Merwe – Sets African record in the Discus Open women F44 with 29.92 effort


May 2021 Leading Weekend Sports News: 

3 May:
Glenrose Xaba promises there’s more to come as season progresses after winning women’s SA Half-Marathon title
Yolande de Villiers bounces back after career threatening injury to win SA Cross Country Marathon Champs
Casandra Hall wins Joburg Ladies Open after epic battle with Lee-Anne Pace

10 May:
Olympic-bound hurdles specialist Wenda Nel posts second fastest world leading time at ACNW Open Meeting
Momentum Proteas’ Marizanne Kapp announced ICC world’s best Women’s ODI All-Rounder
Rising tennis stars Donna le Roux and Lilitha Ndungane to represent SA at WTA Future Stars Global Final in China

17 May:
Clean sweep victory for Lee-Anne Pace winning the Investec SA Women’s Open, Investec Order of Merit and Homegrown Awards
Palframan, Sekgodiso and van der Walt victorious at 2021 USSA Champs
Back-to-back wins for DHL WP Women and Border Ladies as intensity rises in the Women’s Premier Division

24 May:
Ultramarathon world record holder Irvette van Zyl becomes first South African woman to break the 50km IAU time
Para-athlete Simoné Kruger beat her own previous F38 Discus world record at AGN League Meet
South African international footballer Thembi Kgatlana breaks Benni McCarthy’s Spanish goal record

31 May:
27 women athletes included in SASCOC’s initial Team SA Olympic Games squad
Naveen Daries joins Caitlin Rooskrantz as two SA Women’s Artistic Gymnasts qualify for Olympic Games for the first time ever
Swimmers race Olympic qualifying times in Durban and gain valuable training ahead of Tokyo Games


May #GAL2021 Newsmakers:

Bianca Taljaard – Elected President of Central Gauteng Wrestling Association – a First for Women in Provincial Wrestling
Caster Semenya – International Track Icon Smashes 5000m Personal Best at BackTrack Newton Classic Qualifier
Donna le Roux – U14 2021 Growthpoint Junior Nationals Winner, Earning All-Expenses Paid Trip to the WTA Future Stars Global Final
Esti van Tonder – Earns Silver for Her First International Medal at the 2021 ICF Canoe-Kayak World Cup 2 in Barnaul, Russia
Glenrose Xaba – Claims Gold to Retain Her SA Half Marathon Title at the Nelson Mandela Bay Half-Marathon in Gqeberha
Hollywoodbets – Signs as Title Sponsors of the South African Football Association’s National Women’s Football League
Irvette van Zyl – Sets New Record as the First South African Female to Break the 50km IAU World Record
Kesa Molotsane – Elected Vice Chairperson of the Athletics South Africa Athletes Commission
Lee-Anne Pace – Historic Fourth Investec South African Women’s Open Title Winner
Lilitha Ndungane – U16 2021 Growthpoint Junior Nationals Winner, Earning All-Expenses Paid Trip to the WTA Future Stars Global Final
Lizelle Lee – Wins Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year Accolade at CSA Awards
Lydia Monyepao – Appointed SAFA Chief Operating Officer
Marizanne Kapp – Named World’s Best Women’s ODI All-Rounder by the International Cricket Council
Naveen Daries – Joins Fellow Artistic Gymnast and Tokyo-bound Caitlin Rooskrantz in Qualifying for the Olympic Games
Phindile Kubheka – Wins Women’s 100m Title at the University Sport South Africa Championships
SA Emerging Squad – Earns 5-0 One Day International Cricket Series Victory over Zimbabwe in Bulawayo
SASCOC – South Africa’s Olympic Governing Body Announces its Initial Team SA Olympic Squad Featuring 27 Women Athletes
Simoné Kruger – Paralympic Qualifier Beats Her Own F38 Discus World Record by Almost Two Metres at AGN League Meet
Shabnim Ismail – Wins Hat-Trick of Awards at Annual CSA Awards Ceremony
Thembi Kgatlana – Becomes South Africa’s Most Prolific Striker in Spanish Top-Flight League, Beating Benni McCarthy’s Goal Record
Wenda Nel – Posts Second-Fastest World Leading Time – Also an Olympic Qualifying Time at ACNW Open Meeting
Yolande de Villiers – Claims Top Honours at the South African Cross-Country Marathon Championships
Zelme Daries – Makes History Alongside Sister Naveen Daries as the First Two Sisters to Compete in the Same Division as Protea Gymnasts


June 2021 Leading Weekend Sports News: 

7 June:
Jenna Seymour-Smith wins junior gold at Africa Triathlon Cup in Egypt
Tracy McKay earns 9-point win at the Tyre Life Solutions SA Para Surfing Championships
Global cricket star Shabnim Ismail dominates Cricket South Africa Awards with hat-trick of wins

14 June:
History makers and record breakers eye opening of nominations for the 2021 Momentum gsport Awards
Teenage tennis sensations head up Team SA to Lithuania for the Billie Jean King Europe/Africa III tournament
Louzanne Coetzee to serve as Athlete Representative on a four-year term on the SASAPD National Executive Committee

21 June:
Momentum Proteas’ all-rounder Marizanne Kapp signs for Perth Scorchers in the Women’s Big Bash League
Deline Mpiti earns second-place finish in the 400m race at the Women XXIV Meeting International
South African international stars Michelle Weber and Gillian Sanders earn Olympic qualifications


Photo 1 Caption: 2019 Momentum gsport Awards’ Estée Lauder Style Star of the Year trophy awarded to SuperSport sportscaster, Lindiwe Dube. Photo: Lindiwe Dube

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