Back in the day … The distinguished women who attended the launch of the gsport initiative on 1 August, 2006, in the Sir Herbert Baker Suite at the Westcliff Hotel (Back row, from left): Melinda Lombard, Zeena Isaacs and Nazli Thomas-Hamilton, (third row) Zelda van Vuuren, Cindy Grota, Marsha Marescia, Tinky Pringle, Karien Jonkheere, Liz Nicolau, (second row) Zai Khan, Hasina Kathrada, Siki Mgabadeli, Marjolein van der Stadt, Ruth Africa, (and front row) Leanne Manas, Kass Naidoo, Penny Heyns and Nothemba Madumo. Photo: gsport

On the occasion of its sixth birthday, South African Olympic medal hopeful Rene Kalmer has led the tributes for gsport4girls, the online initiative launched on 1 August 2006 to raise the profile of women in sport, and to showcase outstanding South African women who serve as role models.

Sending her good wishes from the 2012 London Olympic Games, Kalmer said: “Happy Birthday gsport4girls! Thanks for giving women in sport the recognition they deserve. Keep up the good work!”

Have a virtual piece of cake to celebrate gsport’s 6th birthday – on us! Eighties netball phenomenon and 2007 gsport Hall of Fame inductee Hazel Gumede said: “Happy 6th birthday, gsport. May you dig (up) more graves of unsung sheroes, like you did with me. May you grow and expand to other countries to inspire and touch more lives. May we get sponsors to sustain this goodwill. Hola gsport Hola!”

2009 gsport Style Star winner, Uyanda Mbuli, said: “Here’s wishing gsport a happy 6th birthday. May you keep celebrating women for the next 100 years.”

2010 gsport Awards Women in Media winner, Natalie le Clue, said: “Happy Birthday gsport! Thank you for starting such a great initiative that continues to soar even higher with each passing year. You Rock!”

2008 gSTAR winner, Tarryn Chudleigh, lauded the initiative: “Wishing gsport a very happy birthday and an even bigger thank you for all the support for women’s sport over the last 6 years!”

Multiple South African road racing champion, and Manager of the Cycling SA U23 ladies Team, Lynette Burger, wrote in: “A very happy 6th Birthday @gsport4girls! Thank u for all the support raising awareness of woman in sport :)”

South Africa’s number one women’s wheelchair tennis player, Kg Montjane, said: “It’s been a great six years of success in promoting women in sport, wishing you many more years of success, Happy 6th Birthday gsport4girls!”

Popular television and radio personality, Liezel van der Westhuizen, a long time supporter of gsport, enthused: “Happy Birthday to gsport that daily celebrates Women in Sport. May you grow from strength to strength and continue the great work you do for South African Women in sport.”

Said gsport Founder, Kass Naidoo: “Women’s sport has come a long way and still has a long way to go. It is wonderful to be part of an initiative that positively portrays our sportswomen and gives hope to those who walk in their footsteps.”

The 7th Annual gsport Awards, which usually takes place during August, will be hosted later this year following the return of Team South Africa from the Olympic Games. To date the gsport website has published over 4000 stories promoting South African women in sport.

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