South African women’s sport is on an upward curve with our athletes representing us with pride around the world, and there has never been a better time in history to stand together and rise as one.

In an ongoing effort to honour the women playing crucial roles both on and off the field, gsport is committed to its vision of raising the profile of women’s sport not only in South Africa but across the globe, and encouraging corporates to back our athletes.

This is a daily commitment to ensure that we shine the brightest spotlight on women’s sport!

As we commemorate and pay homage to the women of our nation who fought against the Apartheid government, during the month of August we continue to celebrate women for their strength, resilience and contribution to society and the country.

In a conversation led by prominent women in sport, we hear about the strides made and hopes for women’s sport going forward.

Dr Pam Serra – Section Head: Recreation and Sport Management at TUT

Many reports have continuously reported on the strides that have been made in women sports through access and opportunity; awareness, education and compliance; mental and physical health and safety issues; leadership, pay equity and workplace bias; and media coverage.

In South Africa, we have seen many women firsts in the past year, Refiloe Jane playing in the Serie A in Italy, Christa Kgamphe selected as a scout agent, more sponsors coming onboard, increased visibility of women sport and women elected at the helm of sport governance and decision-making roles like Ms. Nomsa Mahlangu’s election at the helm of both South African and African University sport.

With all this said, inequality still exists. My hope going forward is that more clout and importance will be given to both girl/women sport and girl/women athletes. But mostly, my hope is that girls and women, in sport and not in sport, support each other.

Cecilia Molokwane – Netball South Africa President

As women we need to believe in our own magic, there is so much that we can do and achieve. We need to continue to shatter the glass barriers and continue reaching for the stars. We need to continue to support each other, fix each other’s crowns and make sure that we conquer. Irrespective of what field, make sure that you cement your place and make magic. It is very important to realise that the only thing limiting us is our own thoughts, we therefore need to start believing that we can achieve everything we set our mind to.

Sarah Braude – Women’s Golf South Africa President

Believe in yourself! Set goals to stay focused on making your dreams a reality. There will be challenges along the way, but this is part of the journey. Own them, learn from them, be inspired by them and you will come back even stronger. And, remember every day is Women’s Day! I have a saying that I stick by and always remind the girls – Believe To Achieve.

Asnath Sebati – National Junior Tennis Coach

As girls and women, we are powerful beyond imagination. Always believe in yourself, your ability, and your vision. Never let anyone trample on your dreams, and never think that your dreams are too big.

Lee-Ann Mpofu – Football Journalist

In a world where women are still struggling to be recognised, it is also incredibly heartwarming to see that the dynamics are changing. We need to fight for more as women, we need to support each other in every cause we are involved in. We succeed even more when we stand together. As we approach another women’s day, I can only hope that more is done when it comes to women and I can only hope we can reach a time where women will be treated equally alongside their male counterparts and where will be recognised for our talents and not our gender.

 

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Photo 1 Caption: Netball South Africa President Cecilia Molokwane continues to blaze her trail in the sport of netball. Photo: Netball South Africa