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.
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The May 2021 gsport Newsmakers List:
Bianca Taljaard – Elected President of Central Gauteng Wrestling Association – a First for Women in Provincial Wrestling
Caster Semenya – International Track Icon Smashes 5000m Personal Best at BackTrack Newton Classic Qualifier
Donna le Roux – U14 2021 Growthpoint Junior Nationals Winner, Earning All-Expenses Paid Trip to the WTA Future Stars Global Final
Esti van Tonder – Earns Silver for Her First International Medal at the 2021 ICF Canoe-Kayak World Cup 2 in Barnaul, Russia
Glenrose Xaba – Claims Gold to Retain Her SA Half Marathon Title at the Nelson Mandela Bay Half-Marathon in Gqeberha
Hollywoodbets – Signs as Title Sponsors of the South African Football Association’s National Women’s Football League
Irvette van Zyl – Sets New Record as the First South African Female to Break the 50km IAU World Record
Kesa Molotsane – Elected Vice Chairperson of the Athletics South Africa Athletes Commission
Lee-Anne Pace – Historic Fourth Investec South African Women’s Open Title Winner
Lilitha Ndungane – U16 2021 Growthpoint Junior Nationals Winner, Earning All-Expenses Paid Trip to the WTA Future Stars Global Final
Lizelle Lee – Wins Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year Accolade at CSA Awards
Lydia Monyepao – Appointed SAFA Chief Operating Officer
Marizanne Kapp – Named World’s Best Women’s ODI All-Rounder by the International Cricket Council
Naveen Daries – Joins Fellow Artistic Gymnast and Tokyo-bound Caitlin Rooskrantz in Qualifying for the Olympic Games
Phindile Kubheka – Wins Women’s 100m Title at the University Sport South Africa Championships
SA Emerging Squad – Earns 5-0 One Day International Cricket Series Victory over Zimbabwe in Bulawayo
SASCOC – South Africa’s Olympic Governing Body Announces its Initial Team SA Olympic Squad Featuring 27 Women Athletes
Simoné Kruger – Paralympic Qualifier Beats Her Own F38 Discus World Record by Almost Two Metres at AGN League Meet
Shabnim Ismail – Wins Hat-Trick of Awards at Annual CSA Awards Ceremony
Thembi Kgatlana – Becomes South Africa’s Most Prolific Striker in Spanish Top-Flight League, Beating Benni McCarthy’s Goal Record
Wenda Nel – Posts Second-Fastest World Leading Time – Also an Olympic Qualifying Time at ACNW Open Meeting
Yolande de Villiers – Claims Top Honours at the South African Cross-Country Marathon Championships
Zelme Daries – Makes History Alongside Sister Naveen Daries as the First Two Sisters to Compete in the Same Division as Protea Gymnasts