History Makers and Record-Breakers Headline May Newsmakers List

by | Jun 1, 2021

South Africa’s Tokyo-bound Olympians and Paralympians are producing unstoppable performances as preparations ramp up ahead of the prestigious Games in Tokyo.

Leading the news, Artistic Gymnasts, Naveen Daries and Caitlin Rooskrantz, shatter the record books as two SA Women’s Artistic gymnasts qualify for the Olympics for the first time ever.

South Africa’s Olympic governing body, SASCOC, announced its initial Team SA Olympic Squad featuring 27 women athletes.

Track and field are also continuing to break boundaries as Wenda Nel posted a second-fastest world leading time – also an Olympic Qualifying time – at ACNW Open Meeting.

Simoné Kruger’s star continues to rise as the Paralympic Qualifier beat her own F38 Discus World Record by almost two metres at the AGN League Meet.

International cricket stars Shabnim Ismail and Lizelle Lee appear on the list after winning leading accolades at the Cricket South Africa annual awards ceremony.

Golfer Lee-Anne Pace made golfing history clinching a record fourth Investec South African Women’s Open title.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube, and click on the links below to see the interviews featuring the gsport April 2021 full list of Newsmakers below!



The May 2021 gsport Newsmakers List: 

Bianca Taljaard – Elected President of Central Gauteng Wrestling Association – a First for Women in Provincial Wrestling

Major Moves by Bianca Taljaard in SA Wrestling Administration


Caster Semenya – International Track Icon Smashes 5000m Personal Best at BackTrack Newton Classic Qualifier

Semenya and Xaba Refocus on Africa Champs for Olympics Qualification


Donna le Roux – U14 2021 Growthpoint Junior Nationals Winner, Earning All-Expenses Paid Trip to the WTA Future Stars Global Final

Lilitha Ndungane and Donna le Roux Qualify for WTA Future Stars


Esti van Tonder – Earns Silver for Her First International Medal at the 2021 ICF Canoe-Kayak World Cup 2 in Barnaul, Russia

Esti van Tonder Bags First International Medal in Russia


Glenrose Xaba – Claims Gold to Retain Her SA Half Marathon Title at the Nelson Mandela Bay Half-Marathon in Gqeberha

Glenrose Xaba Wins SA Half Marathon Title


Hollywoodbets – Signs as Title Sponsors of the South African Football Association’s National Women’s Football League

Hollywoodbets Super League Set to Dazzle


Irvette van Zyl – Sets New Record as the First South African Female to Break the 50km IAU World Record

Irvette van Zyl Smashes World Record at 50km Ultramarathon


Kesa Molotsane – Elected Vice Chairperson of the Athletics South Africa Athletes Commission

Kesa Molotsane Ready to Serve SA Athletics


Lee-Anne Pace – Historic Fourth Investec South African Women’s Open Title Winner

Historic Fourth Investec SA Women’s Open Title for Perfect Pace


Lilitha Ndungane – U16 2021 Growthpoint Junior Nationals Winner, Earning All-Expenses Paid Trip to the WTA Future Stars Global Final

Star on The Rise: Lilitha Ndungane


Lizelle Lee – Wins Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year Accolade at CSA Awards

Hat-Trick of Wins for Shabnim Ismail at CSA Awards


Lydia Monyepao – Appointed SAFA Chief Operating Officer

Social Media Celebrates Lydia Monyepao’s SAFA COO Appointment


Marizanne Kapp – Named World’s Best Women’s ODI All-Rounder by the International Cricket Council

Marizanne Kapp Inspired By ICC Recognition


Naveen Daries – Joins Fellow Artistic Gymnast and Tokyo-bound Caitlin Rooskrantz in Qualifying for the Olympic Games

Naveen Daries and Caitlin Rooskrantz Make SA Gymnastics History


Phindile Kubheka – Wins Women’s 100m Title at the University Sport South Africa Championships

Phindile Khubeka Storms to Victory in USSA Women’s 100m Final


SA Emerging Squad – Earns 5-0 One Day International Cricket Series Victory over Zimbabwe in Bulawayo

Bosch Century Helps SA Emerging Complete 5-0 Sweep in Bulawayo


SASCOC – South Africa’s Olympic Governing Body Announces its Initial Team SA Olympic Squad Featuring 27 Women Athletes

SASCOC Announces 27 Women in First Batch of Athletes for Tokyo


Simoné Kruger – Paralympic Qualifier Beats Her Own F38 Discus World Record by Almost Two Metres at AGN League Meet

Simoné Kruger Smashes Her Own F38 Discus World Record


Shabnim Ismail – Wins Hat-Trick of Awards at Annual CSA Awards Ceremony

Hat-Trick of Wins for Shabnim Ismail at CSA Awards


Thembi Kgatlana – Becomes South Africa’s Most Prolific Striker in Spanish Top-Flight League, Beating Benni McCarthy’s Goal Record

Kgatlana Eclipses Benni McCarthy’s Spanish Record


Wenda Nel – Posts Second-Fastest World Leading Time – Also an Olympic Qualifying Time at ACNW Open Meeting

Wenda Nel Posts Second Fastest 400mH World Leading Time


Yolande de Villiers – Claims Top Honours at the South African Cross-Country Marathon Championships

Yolande de Villiers Crowned Cross-Country Marathon Champ


Zelme Daries – Makes History Alongside Sister Naveen Daries as the First Two Sisters to Compete in the Same Division as Protea Gymnasts

Naveen Daries and Caitlin Rooskrantz Make SA Gymnastics History

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