The cancellation of live sport has not stopped women in sport from making history and grabbing the headlines, as April’s gsport Annual newsmakers show.

This month’s list of newsmakers includes Dinesha Devnarain, appointed Cricket South Africa’s first ever black woman head coach, as she takes over the dual role as  first full-time Women’s Under-19s and CSA Women’s National Academy head coach.

Former Basetsana head coach, Sheryl Botes, also makes this month’s #GAL2020 newsmakers list, after becoming only the second South African to be appointed CAF instructor.

Susan Braude has been appointed President of Womens Golf South Africa and Susan Andrews has been appointed Vice President. They both make the list of April newsmakers.

Sport and Recreation South Africa and selected sporting federations also make this month’s #GAL2020 newsmakers list as they step up to support women’s sport and their communities with the launch of respective Covid-19 relief funds.

Women’s surfing pioneer, Tasha Mentasti, who works tirelessly to raise the profile of the sport, has been severely affected by the Covid-19 lockdown and successfully applied for relief funding from SRSA.

Canoeing South Africa raised funds to assist members of the paddling community who have been affected by the Covid-19 lockdown and the South African Rugby Union who have implemented a financial relief plan for selected unemployed Springbok Women’s 15s players.

Celebrating more than a decade in cricket, Momentum Proteas cricketer, Mignon du Preez, remains a big attraction with sponsors, as she signs on as Aucor’s brand ambassador.

South Africa’s Olympic champion, Caster Semenya, breaks Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for the most reps in a 45-second core strength challenge.

The search for this month’s newsmakers was also opened to the public. Regular contributor to gsport, Selina Munsamy, nominated Dumisani Chauke, the SPAR Proteas assistant coach, who has been inspiring South Africans with her daily lockdown workouts.

 

Remember to contribute to gsport’s search for monthly newsmakers, as we increase our efforts to raise the profile of women’s sport.

You too can have your say on who you think deserves to be newsmaker of the month by sending your nominations to  [email protected]

The second annual Gsport Annual List event takes place in December 2020 and all monthly newsmakers will be considered for the 2020 Gsport Newsmaker of the Year

 

APRIL GSPORT NEWSMAKERS:
Dinesha Devnarain – in a dual role as full-time Women’s Under-19s and CSA Women’s National Academy head coach
Canoeing South Africa – hosted 24-hour event to raise funds to assist members of the paddling community who have been affected by the Covid-19 lockdown
Caster Semenya – breaks Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for the most reps in a 45-second core strength challenge
Dumisani Chauke – inspiring South Africans to remain in good shape during lockdown through online training
Marizanne Kapp – Sydney Sixers team’s Player of the Season in the Women’s Big Bash League
Mignon du Preez – signs on as Aucor’s brand ambassador
Penny Heyns – hosting an online mentorship coaching programme
Sarah Braude – elected as President of Women’s Golf South Africa
Sheryl Botes – only the second South African to be appointed as CAF Instructor
South African Rugby Union – implements financial relief for selected unemployed Springbok Women’s 15s players
Sport and Recreation South Africa – launches Covid-19 relief fund for sports community
Sunshine Ladies Tour – launches COVID-19 relief plan to assist golfers and caddies
Susan Andrews – elected as Vice-President of Women’s Golf South Africa
Tasha Mentasti – successfully applies for Covid-19 relief funding from SRSA

 

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Photo 1 Caption: The gsport initiative unveils 10 newsmakers for the month of April as we build up to the second gsport Annual List event in December 2020. Photo: gsport