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.
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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.
Sixth Monthly Newsmakers Intake for #GAL2023:
Awande Malinga – Eighth Consecutive NJSA Closed Championship Winner
Gymnastics SA – Win 17th African Artistic Gymnastics Championship
Hannah Rigby – Victrix Ludorum Winner at CANA Zone IV Champs
Katherine Williams & Paige Badenhorst – Bronze at First Rowing World Cup
Lydia Monyepao – First Woman to Take Up SAFA CEO Role Permanently
Noko Matlou – Earns Personal Sponsorship Deal with PUMA
SA Water Polo – Qualify for Women’s Beach Games Finals in Bali
Springbok Women – Win Rugby Africa Women’s Cup Title
Sylvie Scherzinger – Wins First-Ever UTMB World Series Event in Africa
Tasha Mentasti – Elected Africa Regional Director at World Surf League