Heritage Day is far more than a national public holiday, it is a day where all South Africans celebrate their unique cultures and backgrounds. On this day we proudly put on display our diversity, our melting pot, our rainbow nation, as we #FlyTheFlag.

This significant day is being celebrated during unprecedented times with the global COVID-19 pandemic forcing us to find new ways to honour it. gsport got in touch with your leading women in sport who are proud of their heritage and do their best daily to propel women’s sport forward.

“I enjoy flying the South African flag because it represents new beginnings. To me it is a constant reminder that no matter how many times I fall, I’ll come back fighting,” said Para-athlete, Palesa “Deejay” Manaleng.

“I am extremely privileged to share this unity through women’s sport.” – Western Province Women’s Cricket Manager, Gabi-Lee van der Westhuizen.

Western Province Women’s Cricket Manager, Gabi-Lee van der Westhuizen believes in the unity of our diverse nation, which she has the honour of witnessing through sport.

“This day reminds me of the strength in unity through diversity and I am extremely privileged to share this unity through women’s sport.”

SuperSport Broadcaster, Mbali Sigidi reminds us to embrace our uniqueness and never forget our roots.

“To me, Heritage Day means diversity, cultures, being a rainbow nation. I mean our country has so many beautiful languages and cultures and we all come together under one banner.

“We get to celebrate who we are and embrace our roots.”

Echoeing Sigidi’s sentiments, aspiring Sports Broadcaster and 2020 Momentum gsport Awards’ Social Media host, Sinethemba Mbatha said, “This day means different things to all of us but for me, this is when we celebrate, embrace and respect every culture.”

Mbatha is also flying the flag by amplifying the support of women’s sport in the country.

“I can’t play sport so I blog about sport and I can assure you that in the last two years I have blogged about nothing else but South African women in sport.

“Let us continue supporting our women in sport who are representing our beautiful nation!”

“Today we celebrate Heritage Day and South Africa’s rich diverse culture in saying that we also celebrate women in sport.” – Sportshub VOC and Western Province Rugby Football Union’s, Fatima Said.

Host and Producer for the Sportshub VOC and Western Province Rugby Football Union’s, Fatima Said uses her voice to champion her fellow women in sport.

“Today we celebrate Heritage Day and South Africa’s rich diverse culture, in saying that, we also celebrate women in sport.

“As a woman in sport and sports media, it is absolutely paramount to create platforms to empower our youth and our young women in sport so that we can raise their profiles to showcase their accomplishments.

“When we talk about the Heritage of South Africa, let us not forget about the diverse nature of all of our athletes and all these women who serve our country relentlessly,” she concluded.

Happy Heritage Day, Mzansi!