Star long-distance runner, Glenrose Xaba, says the financial support she has received from the Sport, Arts and Culture COVID-19 Relief Fund has lifted a weight off her shoulders.

Xaba is one a host of women in sport who have benefitted from the relief fund.

“I would like to thank the Sports Ministry for the money that I received last week because it shows us that they love and care about the critical situation that we are facing as South Africans.

“Now I can buy some of the things I need, and this money is going to help a lot. I really appreciate it, now I do not need to stress. I wish this does not end here but continue in the future.”

“I am extremely grateful for being one of the candidates to receive some assistance.” – South African Olympic paddler, Bridgitte Hartley

South African sprint queen, Bridgitte Hartley, shared her excitement after receiving her payout during this difficult time.

“I am extremely grateful for the assistance from the Covid-19 Sport Relief Fund! It’s such a great initiative which was created!

“As an athlete the first few weeks of lockdown were incredibly stressful, firstly with a goal of training for competition then delays then cancellations! The emotional uncertainty was stressful and the realisation that job opportunities would be scarce at the moment!

“I am extremely grateful for being one of the candidates to receive some assistance,” Hartley concluded.

“The money is a huge help as I support my parents as well who are both unemployed. I also donated some of the money to assist other fellow runners who are in dire need and struggle to put food on the table.” – 2018 Marathon Champion and running coach, Nolene Conrad

2018 Marathon Champion and running coach, Nolene Conrad, has used her money to support her parents and donated to support fellow runners.

“Huge thanks to the Sports Ministry for supporting me during this difficult time. The money is a huge help as I support my parents as well who are both unemployed. I also donated some of the money to assist other fellow runners who are in dire need and struggle to put food on the table. I am very grateful that they have selected me as a beneficiary.”

“In this time of uncertainty when no one knows what the future holds, I can say that I am truly blessed for the help in receiving funds from the government.” – Hurdles Athlete, Zeney van der Walt

19-year-old 400m hurdles specialist, Zeney van der Walt, thanks government for the support as it has helped her remain positive.

“I am one of the fortunate 293 Athletes that received financial support from Sports Ministry, and I am truly thankful for it,” she told gsport.

“In this time of uncertainty when no one knows what the future holds, I can say that I am truly blessed for the help in receiving funds from the government. I would like to thank them on behalf of myself and all the other athletes for their support during this difficult time.

“Their support helps us to stay positive and to remember that we all still need to work hard for what we want to achieve. It isn’t just the financial support I am thankful for, but also for the fact that they believe in me and are willing to contribute and help me to become the best that I can be during this difficult time.

“I am thankful and blessed for all the support that I have received. May this uncertain time pass and may the world heal for all of us.”

“With no tournaments taking place it’s really not easy.” – Golfer Zethu Myeki

Golfer Zethu Myeki is grateful as her only source of income comes from playing in tournaments.

“At the moment golf is my only source of income, so with no tournaments taking place it’s really not easy.

“Thank you to each and every person that made this possible, I really appreciate everything and it means a lot.”

Soccer tops the list with the female athletes receiving the most financial support from the department followed by athletics, golf and netball.

“I want to take the opportunity to thank SRSA and the South African government for the tireless work behind the scenes to make sure that the financial relief is being distributed correctly.” – Former South African surfer, Tasha Mentasti

Former South African surfer, Tasha Mentasti, previously spoke to gsport in response to her Facebook post where she announced that she had received payment from the department saying,

“Today I am one of the lucky ones and I am truly grateful. Received payment from the sport relief fund this morning… I want to take the opportunity to thank SRSA and the South African government for the tireless work behind the scenes to make sure that the financial relief is being distributed correctly.”

Mentasti continued to speak about her gratitude towards the department for setting aside R150 million to assist artists, athletes, technical staff, and the core ecosystem of various public events which have been postponed or cancelled.

Smaller sporting codes like equestrian, surfing, fencing, gymnastics, canoeing, tennis and triathlon have also benefitted, as have athletes belonging to the SA Sports Association for Physically Disabled (SASPD).

 

The Full List of Beneficiaries:
Athletics:
Nolene Conrad
Glenrose Xaba
Charne Bosman
Taylon Bield
Zeney van der Walt
Lebo Phalula
Rikenette Steenkamp
Maryna Van Niekerk
Karin Le Roux
Sanelisiwe Mbanjwa
Tebogo Mamatu
Wenda Nel
Irvette van Blerk
Lynique Prinsloo
Annie Bothma
Gerda Steyn
Sunette Viljoen
Lebogang Phalula

Boxing:
Nonina Bukiwe

Canoeing:
Bridgitte Hartley

Equestrian:
Nicola Mohr

Fencing:
Juliana Barrett

Golf:
Anna Becker-Frankel
Stacy Bregman
Ashleigh Buhai
Nicole Garcia
Madeleen Grosskopf
Lynne Harvey
Lejan Lewthwait
Tandi McCallum
Monique Smit
Zethu Myeki

Gymnastics:
Caitlin Rooskrantz
Naveen Daries
Mammule Rankoe

Netball:
Ine Venter
Khanyisa Chawane
Pumza Maweni
Rome Dreyer
Sigrid Burger
Shadine van der Merwe
Karla Pretorius
Zanele Vimbela

Surfing:
Tanika Hoffman
Tasha Mentasti

SAFA:
Amanda Mthandi
Bongeka Gamede
Kaylin Swart
Kholosa Biyana
Leandra Smeda
Lebohang Ramalepe
Lorraine Makhoali
Mapaseka Mpuru
Cameron Cox
Pride Nthite
Robyn Moodaly
Shilene Booysen
Tiisetso Makhubela
Xiluva Tshabalala
Monde Hlatswayo
Noxolo Cesane
Nomvula Kgoale
Neliswa Luthuli
Noko Matlou
Jessica Williams
Eloise Bowers

SASAPD:
Anrune Weyers
Suzanne Ferreira
Cathy Landsberg
Louzanne Coetzee
Johanna Pretorius
Zanele Situ

Triathlon:
Gillian Sanders

 

 

Photo 1 Caption: Star road-runner, Glenrose Xaba, says that the financial assistance has lifted a weight off her shoulders. Photo: Edurocad (Instagram)
Photo 2 Caption: South African Olympic paddler, Bridgitte Hartley, shared her excitement after receiving financial assistance from the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture COVID-19 Relief Fund. Photo: Bridgitte Hartley (Instagram)
Photo 3 Caption: 19-year-old 400m hurdles specialist, Zeney van der Walt, thanks government for the support. Photo: Zeney van der Walt (Instagram)
Photo 4 Caption: 2018 Marathon Champion and running coach, Nolene Conrad, has used her money to support her parents and donated to support fellow runners. Photo: Nolene Conrad (Instagram)
Photo 5 Caption: Golfer Zethu Myeki is grateful as her only source of income comes from playing in tournaments. Photo: Zethu Myeki (Instagram)