In the buzzing atmosphere of the gsport virtual office, team members are scattered across the country, diligently working to shine the spotlight on women’s sport and proudly portraying South Africa as a top host nation during The Year of Women’s Sport.
The #GoGirls movement is gaining unstoppable momentum, with the esteemed Mama Joy Chauke leading the charge for gsport at the World Cup in New Zealand and Australia. The Year of Women’s Sport has rallied South Africans to stand behind their national teams and champion increased support for women in sport.
Today, gsport hosted its historic #GoGirls Watch Party to support Banyana Banyana during their crucial FIFA World Cup match against Italy. Women in sport gathered at the Southern Sun Rosebank in Johannesburg, taking over the bar area and celebrating with enthusiasm. The event drew the attention of hotel guests who joined in the festivities to witness history in the making. The atmosphere was electric, and the #GoGirls movement gained even more momentum as the cheers and chants echoed throughout the city.
In a remarkable victory, Banyana Banyana secured a historic 3-2 win, with two of the goals scored by former Momentum gsport Award winners, Thembi Kgatlana and Hilda Magaia. This achievement makes them the first South African team, regardless of gender, to advance to the knockout stages of the FIFA World Cup.
This exhilarating win by Banyana Banyana is a testament to the power of support and recognition for women’s sport. It not only highlights the dedication and skill of the athletes but also emphasizes the importance of celebrating and promoting women in sport. The victory and the Watch Party serve as milestones in the journey towards achieving greater equality and appreciation for women’s sport in South Africa.
The impact of this triumph extends beyond the field, inspiring further support for women’s football and sparking hope for increased collaborations and corporate backing for the team and women’s football in general. This victory is a rallying cry for all South Africans to continue supporting women’s sport and championing their achievements on the global stage.
However, the Year of Women’s Sport has not only witnessed victories on the field but also empowering moments off it. Recently, gsport held its second #gsportGlobal gathering of 2023. This event brought together leading women in media for a mentorship dinner at the Cape Sun hotel, celebrating young South Africans who have made a name for themselves at the Netball World Cup in Cape Town.
With the Netball World Cup being staged on African soil for the first time, numerous debutants found themselves on-screen and behind the scenes, covering the showpiece event. This gathering offered them a precious opportunity to connect, exchange ideas, and provide mutual support on one of the grandest stages in sport.
This extraordinary event marked the second #gsportGlobal gathering of the Year of Women’s Sport, following the successful event in Gqeberha during the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, which garnered media attention from around the globe.
Women’s sport is currently trending, and those eager to stay up-to-date with the latest news should follow @gsport4girls on social media and check out gsport.co.za for breaking stories and inspiring updates.
Let us all join hands in celebrating these remarkable achievements, especially Banyana Banyana’s historic win, and continue to support women’s sport as it continues to thrive on the global stage. Together, we can make this the Year of Women’s Sport to remember!
Remember, you still have time to cast your nomination for the 2023 Momentum gsport Awards by putting forward a leading candidate for recognition on the gsport stage at gsport.co.za/awards until 9 August. #PlayYourPart to unearth icons and role models for the next generation.