December 2020 signalled the start of the 2021 edition of the gsport Annual List, South Africa’s only dedicated women’s sport newsmakers campaign.
Last month yielded a stellar list of over 20 newsmakers including Ashleigh Moolman Pasio – the first ever UCI virtual cycling champion; Tatjana Schoenmaker, who has set another African swimming record; and Banyana Banyana star, Ode Fulutudilu, who joins Glasgrow City.
Newsmakers will continue to be announced monthly in the build-up to the prestigious #GAL2021 event in December 2021 where gsport will reveal its Top 10 Newsmakers of the Year for the third year running.
The gsport Annual List was launched in December 2019 to track how far women’s sport has come in terms of media coverage.
Netball South Africa President Cecilia Molokwane was announced overall Newsmaker of the Year as gsport announced its first ever list of women’s sport newsmakers.
In January 2020, and with increased mainstream media coverage, gsport introduced monthly newsmaker announcements to boost the campaign, resulting in a stellar Top 10 Newsmakers for 2020, announced on 15 December 2020 at a special lunch held at Mezepoli, Melrose Arch.
The First Monthly Intake for the #GAL2021 campaign:
Ode Fulutidilu – new deal with Glasgow City FC
Glenrose Xaba – Nedbank Skosana 10km champ
Gauteng Women’s Rugby Institute – introduces new high-performance centre for girls
Susan Adendorff – elected Blue Bulls Rugby Union’s VP
#BayedeGSPORT – partners gsport to re-package content into isiNguni
Kananelo Taiwe – Bloem Celtic Ladies (#SNWL Young Player of the Season)
Hildah Magaia – TUT Ladies (#SNWL Player of the Season)
Andile Dlamini – Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies (#SNWL Goalkeeper of the Season)
Anneke Lourens – Clash Royale national champ
Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio – first ever virtual UCI Cycling World Champ
Banyana Banyana – moves to 53rd in the world and third on the continent on FIFA Rankings
JVW Girls Football – welcomes Supa Nova Power as sponsors
Saudah Bhaimia – first SA female gamer to win SA National Board Games Champs
Tatjana Schoenmaker – sets another African record at NTS Champs
#GAL2020 – top 10 Newsmakers of the Year announced
Michaela Whitebooi – defends her title at the African Senior Judo Championship in Madagascar
Karla Pretorius – features in Suncorp Super Netball Team of the Year
Fabienne Lanz – crowned 2020 DZ2 Karting champ
Marizanne Kapp – features in ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Decade
Dané van Niekerk – features in ICC Women’s ODI Team of the Decade
Kaleigh Telfer – dominating courses in the United States
Photo 1 caption: Ashleigh Moolman pictured becoming the first-ever virtual UCI Cycling World Champion. In a year which saw the participation of sport dramatically curbed to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, sports federations and athletes had to come up with new and original concepts to maintain athletic performance and sporting events. Photo: Supplied