January 2007 introduced itself with some unpleasantness for us at gsport … for Girls!, mostly due to difficulties experienced in trying to load the new edition while on the road, an experience we’d rather not repeat.

Fortunately the month turned around into a really positive one, with many new readers visiting gsport … for Girls! for the first time, and some of you contacting us with ideas and suggestions: Thank you!

Yes, 2007 is the year in which we are already furiously busy with various new and exciting developments being prepared behind the scenes, and come our first birthday in August, all of these new offerings will be in full operation.

In the mean time, we’re glad to continue offering you our regular Leading Ladies, Feature Articles and the gsport Newsroom content, all totally free of charge!

And what a bumper month January 2007 was, these are the articles and news pieces that you visited gsport to view:

Feature Articles

In January 2007, the first of a new year, gsport celebrated Awareness as the month’s theme. Rather than focus on one specific sport, we’ve focused on a few that grabbed our attention early this year.

Modesty, discipline, and a conservative nature personify this proud young South African athlete, who at 19 years is already firmly entrenched as our country’s No. 1-ranked female squash player. gsport spoke to Tenille Swartz about life as a premier sportswoman, and her ambitions in sport and career. Read on …/


The South African netball team is finding its feet under new coach Burta de Kock. gsport spoke to coach de Kock about star performer Yvonne Phiri's tragic death, the loss to the team of a number of key performers, and the team's preparations and plans for 2007. Read on …/


Shandre Fritz was named captain of the South African national women’s cricket team in November of 2006, but a freak swimming accident shortly after has put her on the sidelines. gsport caught up with Shandre at Newlands in Cape Town, where she was an Adjudicator in the Man-of-the-Match award during the Proteas’ third test against India. Read on …/


In 1998 Lali Stander launched the Sunshine Tour’s first ever in-house media department, and nearly 10 years later, her contribution to golf is evident in the massive publicity the men’s game enjoys around the world. Read on …/



Cor Langhout is father of devoted Boland woman cricketer Ilse Langhout, but her old man is more preoccupied in seeing that our best women sailors ensure that their male compatriots sail close to the wind. Cor tells us how our girls are faring. Read on …/


In the first of our new ‘Wonder Woman’ series, inspirational mentor Sharon Lee Plaskitt considers the concept of Womanhood with reference to both our differences and our similarities, and comes to recognise that in posing the question ‘What does being a woman really mean?’, we find true courage in operation. Read on …/


Michele Wolhuter concludes this month's Feature Articles spread with an insightful consideration of the concept of Awareness. Michele discusses three distinct doorways to discover the path to awareness, and urges us all to choose the path that leads to Ourselves. Read on …/


Leading Ladies

First in the gsport January 2007 Leading Ladies quartet is our Woman of the Month, Lesley Copeman. Lesley is South Africa’s top woman golf coach, and one of the co-founders of the Women’s World Cup (WWC) of Golf, which will take place at Sun City from January 19-23. Read on …/


gsport’s January gSTAR 17-year old Ashleigh Simon teams up with veteran Laurette Maritz later this month for a third time in the third edition of the Women’s World Cup of Golf in Sun City, and spoke to gsport about her life, her golfing career, and things that are normal in the life of all young girls. Read on …/


Style Star for January, inspirational songster Simphiwe Dana says she owes culture and tradition for her music that has launched her as one of the most gifted musicians of southern African descent, and today she performs her trade with loving devotion before audiences across the globe, from eager small sweaty clubs in Joburg, to presidents in the grandest of imperial castles in Prague, in the Czech Republic. Read more …/


Our January Woman in Media Lebo Motsoeli has the kind of all-round experience that would make seasoned campaigners in sports broadcasting green with envy. At 23, she is a presenter, scriptwriter, and voice over artist for SABC Sport, but her early success has certainly not gone to her head. Read on …/


The gsport Newsroom!

Below are the sports news articles published on gsport during January, a special thanks to all our contacts and contributors, please keep your news coming to gsport … for Girls! at sportsnews@gsport.co.za

  Tennis   Huber Settles in Houston   Wed 31 Jan
  Surfing   Heather Clark in Get Out There Mix   Wed 31 Jan
  Athletics   Anika up for a High Jump in Potch   Tue 30 Jan
  Hockey   SPAR Backs Hockey for R5m   Tue 30 Jan
  Athletics   PE to Host SA Marathon Champs   Tue 30 Jan
  Cricket   SA Cricket Faces Pakistan Qualifier   Mon 29 Jan
  Netball   Eng Win Netball Series 3-0   Mon 29 Jan
  Netball   Improvements Buoy Netball SA   Sat 27 Jan
  Cricket   SA Savour 4th ODI Win   Fri 26 Jan
  Tennis   Doubles Joy for Huber and Black   Fri 26 Jan
  Netball   Improved SPAR SA Lose Series   Fri 26 Jan
  Cricket   SA Women On Top of the World   Thu 25 Jan
  Rugby   1st Woman Referee in Men's Game   Thu 25 Jan
  Netball   SA vs Eng Netball Preview   Thu 25 Jan
  Cricket   SA Trounce Pakistan in ODI's   Wed 24 Jan
  Cricket   SA out for Cricket Series Win   Wed 24 Jan
  Netball   SPAR Netball Beat Eng U20s   Wed 24 Jan
  Netball   England Claim First Netball Test   Tue 23 Jan
  Hockey   Impressive Win for SA Hockey   Tue 23 Jan
  Cricket   SA Stroll to 2nd ODI Win   Mon 22 Jan
  Squash   Tenille out of Liberty Bell Semi   Mon 22 Jan
  Soccer   Poor Refereeing Costs Banyana   Mon 22 Jan
  Cricket   Pakistan win Toss, and Field   Mon 22 Jan
  Netball   Big Guns to Tackle SA Netball   Mon 22 Jan
  Road Running   Leballo Ninth in Greatest Race   Mon 22 Jan
  Golf   Magical Win for Paraguay   Mon 22 Jan
  Hockey   Fierce Battle Ends All-Square   Sun 21 Jan
  Netball   South Africa: 45 Wales: 42   Sun 21 Jan
  Canoeing   Queen of the Abbey   Sun 21 Jan
  Golf   Paraguay on Brink of WC Glory   Sun 21 Jan
  Cricket   Cricket Series starts with ODI Win   Sat 20 Jan
  Bowls   SA Boasts Top-Ranked Bowler   Sat 20 Jan
  Canoeing   Abbey Clears the Path   Sat 20 Jan
  Golf   Poor Start in Sun City   Sat 20 Jan
  Hockey   Hockey's Winning Form Continues   Sat 20 Jan
  Golf   Kelli Hopes for SA Win   Fri 19 Jan
  Soccer   New-Look Banyana for Angola   Fri 19 Jan
  Road Running   Champ Represents SA in Mumbai   Fri 19 Jan
  Golf   World Cup kicks off LET Season   Fri 19 Jan
  Golf   Sweden, SA Share 1st Tee   Thu 18 Jan
  Hockey   SA Hockey Shows Improved Form   Thu 18 Jan
  Hockey   SA Inflict Canadian Freeze   Wed 17 Jan
  Surfing   Girls Get Out There Final Looms   Wed 17 Jan
  Netball   Netball to UK for Tests Tour   Tue 16 Jan
  Cricket   Boland Rout Griqualand West   Tue 16 Jan
  Hockey   SA Beat Irish in SPAR Hockey   Mon 15 Jan
  Cricket   Mignon Earns National Call-Up   Mon 15 Jan
  Golf   Manas Upbeat for WWCG   Sun 14 Jan
  Cricket   Team Ready for Pakistan ODI's   Fri 12 Jan
  Hockey   GB Defeats SA for Series Win   Fri 12 Jan
  Hockey   Hockey Girls Record 1st Win   Thu 11 Jan
  Environment   Best Beach Clean-Up Ever   Wed 10 Jan
  Bodybuilding   Dynamite in a Small Package   Wed 10 Jan
  Hockey   Britain Dominate for 2-1 Win   Tue 9 Jan
  Surfing   Nikita Exits World Champs   Sat 6 Jan
  Surfing   Nikita's World Champs Delayed   Thu 4 Jan
  Hockey   Best Hockey Festival Result   Thu 4 Jan
  Hockey   SA Humbled by Holland   Wed 3 Jan
  Surfing   Nikita Surfs Up World Champs   Wed 3 Jan