Seven formidable women have been appointed to the 2021 Momentum gsport Awards elite judging panel to drive the process to select the top three finalists in each Public Voting Award category at the 16th edition of Africa’s leading women’s sport awards.
Renowned sports broadcaster and former gsport Special Recognition award winner, Cynthia Tshaka, will be joined by Nielsen Sports South Africa Client Service Director, Amy Daley; Associate Director and Women’s Forum Lead at Accenture, Ntombi Mhangwani; and seasoned Zimbabwean sports journalist, Tatenda Gondo, in bringing leadingSouth African, African and global knowledge to the judging panel.
The experienced quartet will work alongside current panel members, Department of Sport, Arts and Culture gsport co-ordinator, Nthangeni Tshivhase; South African National Editors Forum’s Mary Papayya and former SA women’s hockey captain, Marsha Cox, a previous gsport Special Recognition award winner.
“I am so honoured to be part of Momentum gsport Awards in 2021,” said Tshaka. “It seems as if it was only yesterday when Kass went where no one has ever been before, and spearheaded the recognition of Women in Sport.
“In a sector that is dominated by patriarchy, where often than not, young girls and women in sport are made to feel inadequate and needing to conform to a particular preconceive idea of what it is to be a girl/women and be involved in sport, the awards have become a beacon of hope for those many young girls and women in sport longing to not just be heard, but be seen,” she added.
“Having been an advocate of women’s sport and female athletes for many years,” said Daley on her appointment, “And being involved in actively developing and building female athletes as personal brands, it is an honour to be selected as a judge for the Momentum gsport Awards, an award ceremony that celebrates women in sport.”
“I will look at each award category analytically and ultimately, holistically.” – Nielsen Sports South Africa Client Service Director, Amy Daley
“With my background in the sporting industry and my knowledge in sports research, through my role at Nielsen Sports South Africa, I will look at each award category analytically and ultimately, holistically.”
Gondo shares her excitement of having the opportunity to be part of this auspicious occasion.
“It is an honour to be part of the 2021 Momentum gsport Awards and be able to use my knowledge and experience of reporting on African women in sport. This came as a huge but welcomed surprise.
“A massive thank you to gsport for entrusting me with such a position, which I am extremely excited about.”
“We have in South Africa and more especially under the Covid-19 pandemic seen how women’s sporting success have inspired other women.” – The South African National Editors Forum’s Mary Papayya
The gsport initiative, together with our partners, Momentum, are shining the spotlight on women in sport who have risen above the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic to inspire women across the globe.
“Sport has the power to level the playing fields when it comes to gender equality and equity. We have in South Africa and more especially under the Covid-19 pandemic seen how women’s sporting success have inspired other women, given us more role models and helped younger women want to achieve more,” revealed Papayya.
“With the lifting of close contact sport restrictions due to the vaccine roll out and where the potential of women sporting achievements is underplayed in a myriad of societal spaces – the Momentum gsport Awards continue to shine the light on the achievements of women in sport.
“This propels change in how we see women’s sports in general and helps add to the objective to promote a new generation of sporting athletes across all the sectors of sports countrywide.”
The 30-day public nominations process runs from 9 June and closes Friday 9 July, as gsport goes in search of another strong set of finalists across 20 categories in this milestone year.
The judging process sees judges shortlist top three finalists in each category before public voting starts on 2 August 2020.
Winners will be revealed during the 2021 Momentum gsport Awards premiere on 31 August.
2021 Momentum gsport Awards Judging Panel:
Amy Daley – Nielsen Sports South Africa Client Services Manager
Cynthia Tshaka – Renowned sports broadcaster, former gsport Special Recognition award winner
Marsha Cox – Former SA women’s hockey captain, former gsport Special Recognition winner
Mary Papayya – South African National Editors Forum Representative
Nthangeni Tshivhase – Department of Sport, Arts and Culture Co-ordinator
Ntombi Mhangwani – Accenture Africa Women’s Forum Lead
Tatenda Gondo – Seasoned African sports journalist
Photo caption: Renowned sports broadcaster and former gsport Special Recognition award winner, Cynthia Tshaka (pictured) will join six equally formidable women in the #gsport16 elite judging panel, who will drive the process to shortlist finalists for the 2021 Momentum gsport Awards. Photo: Supplied