gsport 2019 Woman in Social Media Finalist Brittany Blaauw was both equally thrilled and surprised by her inclusion in this year’s awards.
The 26-year-old who was born and bred in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape has always been involved in sport since a young age, saying: “I used to work in the VIP suites at the NMB Stadium during various sporting events and I saw how sport brought people from every sphere of life together and that is when I knew this is something I want to pursue.”
From that moment, she knew she wanted to be in sports media/PR and has followed her dream ever since.
Today Blaauw is a qualified Public Relations (PR) graduate who currently works for Madibaz (Nelson Mandela University) Sport as a PR intern and has held this position since 2017.
Sports Media Opening International Doors
She also currently holds the position of social media officer for University Sports South Africa (USSA) which this year afforded her the opportunity to attend the Summer Universiade in Napoli, Italy.
Her skills were to be tested on the international stage and having never gone to an event of this magnitude before she expressed what this meant to her: “Being on the South African General Delegation Management means growth. I was able to learn from the many skilled individuals around me who have been in sport for years. I was also able to build on my strengths and work on my weaknesses,” she said gratefully.
Blaauw names her experience in Italy as one of her greatest achievements and suggests that there are many more moments like this to come in the future. “It felt mind blowing to be honest. To stand and represent my country, my home was a total mind-blowing experience. It is truly unforgettable and was a heartwarming experience,” added the USSA social media officer.
Her inspiration stems from her family, who all work in corporate environments. Blaauw attests her success to listening and learning from them since an early age which has moulded as well as guided her into the person she is today.
SA Heroine Natalie du Toit a Motivation
She also included that Natalie du Toit is her favourite South African athlete and that her attitude towards life is nothing short of motivating, “She has shown that despite the hardships in your life. If you have the right mindset and determination you can achieve the unthinkable.”
One of Blaauw’s career goals is to become a media liaison officer or work as a member of a media team for a South African national side in any sporting code.
Being a finalist gives Blaauw much deserved recognition for all the hard work she has put into her career in the sports industry.
“I am honoured and humbled to have been chosen as a gsport Finalist. I am excited to attend the awards as this is my very first one. I am also very grateful to all the role players in my life who have helped me to achieve my success thus far,” she concluded.