Historic Achievements Headline Sixth Monthly #GAL2023 Intake

During the month of May, South African women in sport shattered barriers to raise their hand for inclusion in the sixth monthly #GAL2023 Newsmakers list, powered by the Momentum gsport Newsroom, in partnership with Telkom.

On home soil, 2020 Momentum gsport Awards Public Choice winner, Awande Malinga, continued to dominate on the squash court, as she bagged her eighth consecutive NJSA Closed Championship title.

Since U13, the now Grade 12 learner took part in her final NJSA competition where she walked away with a victory over Jordin Phillips in the final match.

On the football front, former Banyana Banyana footballer turned corporate star Lydia Monyepao entered into the South African football history books becoming the first woman to take up SAFA’s CEO role on a full-time basis.

There were also outstanding performances in gymnastics where Caitlin Rooskrantz, Shante Toti, Caleigh Anders, Garcelle Napier and Naveen Daries edged Team South Africa to gold at the 17th edition of the African Artistic Gymnastics Championship at Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria.

Scroll down to click through to the updates featuring the full list of Newsmakers below!

The gsport Annual List (#GAL) was launched in 2019 to show how far women’s sport has come. It is South Africa’s only Newsmakers event that is dedicated to women’s sport.

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Sixth Monthly Newsmakers Intake for #GAL2023:

Awande Malinga – Eighth Consecutive NJSA Closed Championship Winner

Eighth NJSA Closed Championship Win for Awande Malinga


Gymnastics SA – Win 17th African Artistic Gymnastics Championship

Team South Africa Win 17th African Artistic Gymnastics Championship


Hannah Rigby – Victrix Ludorum Winner at CANA Zone IV Champs

Hannah Rigby Wins Big at CANA Zone IV Swimming Champs


Katherine Williams & Paige Badenhorst – Bronze at First Rowing World Cup

Katherine Williams and Paige Badenhorst claim Double Scull Bronze in Croatia


Lydia Monyepao – First Woman to Take Up SAFA CEO Role Permanently

Lydia Monyepao Elected New SAFA CEO


Noko Matlou – Earns Personal Sponsorship Deal with PUMA

Noko Matlou Seals Deal with PUMA


SA Water Polo – Qualify for Women’s Beach Games Finals in Bali

South Africa Qualify for Women’s Beach Games Water Polo Finals in Bali


Springbok Women – Win Rugby Africa Women’s Cup Title

Bok Women Bag Rugby Africa Womens Cup Crown


Sylvie Scherzinger – Wins First-Ever UTMB World Series Event in Africa

Sylvie Scherzinger Wins First-Ever UTMB World Series Event in Africa


Tasha Mentasti – Elected Africa Regional Director at World Surf League

Pioneer Tasha Mentasti Relishing the Opportunity to Grow Surfing in Africa


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