#gsportTop10: SA Stars Hitting the Big Leagues

by | Sep 22, 2021

As we mark our second #gsportGlobal birthday, gsport celebrates 10 South African Women in Sport who have hit the big leagues. Over the years, SA sportswomen have been making history and breaking into professional women’s sport leagues around the world.

Athletes representing football, cricket, netball and rugby have found success and are leading the way to inspire the next generation to dream big and find themselves on our #gsportTop10 this week.

Football features four times in this list as South African players continue to land ground breaking contracts around the world. Janine van Wyk, Ode Fulutudilu, Refiloe Jane and Thembi Kgatlana have made impressive advances internationally.

With cricket leagues improving their women’s competitions, South African stars have found success in Australia and England in particular. Recently, Dane van Niekerk, Marizanne Kapp and Shabnim Ismail starred for the Oval Invincibles to win the inaugural edition of The Hundred.

The Sunshine Coast Lightning duo Karla Pretorius and Pumza Maweni fly the flag for netball on the list after starring in Australia’s Suncorp Netball League for over 100 games each.

Babalwa Latsha is the sole representative for rugby after her pioneering move to SD Eibar in Spain when she became Africa’s first ever pro women’s rugby player.

Introducing our #gsportGlobal edition of the latest #gsportTop10 as we honour SA stars who are breaking records and making history globally.

 

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#gsportTop10 – #gsportGlobal Edition: Hitting the Big Leagues

 

Babalwa Latsha – First African women’s rugby player to sign an international pro contract

 

Dané van Niekerk – led the Oval Invincibles to victory in The Hundred

 

Janine van Wyk – won the Scottish Premier League with Glasgow City

 

Karla Pretorius – Named in the 2020 Suncorp Team of the Year in Australia’s Netball League

 

Marizanne Kapp – The Hundred Player of the Final in England and Syndey Sixers Player of the Tournament in Australia

 

Ode Fulutudilu – won the Scottish Premier League with Glasgow City and a historic league title with Aland in Finland

 

Phumza Maweni – Starred for Sunshine Coast Lightning Player for many seasons

 

Refiloe Jane – First player from South Africa to play for an Italian pro side

 

Shabnim Ismail – First player, male or female, to win the Player of the Final award in the Australian Big Bash League

 

Thembi Kgatlana – Most seasoned South African women’s football player on the international circuit, having played in five global leagues

 

 

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