South Africa’s Olympic-bound athletes, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, Phumelela Mbande and Emma Chelius are ecstatic to have the opportunity to represent the country at the prestigious event in Tokyo in July.
Moolman-Pasio, who is the first ever UCI Cycling eSports champion, believes the Olympic Games is a chance for athletes to inspire people around the world, especially with the current Covid-19 pandemic continuing to spread across communities.
“This is a very challenging time worldwide, but more than ever I believe the Olympics has the power to inspire, unite and uplift people all around the world,” she said on Facebook. “The opportunity to be at my best and to inspire others to do the same, is what motivates me the most.”
The 35-year-old cyclist will be taking part in her third Games and says that she feels blessed to wear the Green and Gold on the world stage.
“It’s always special to wear the colours of our rainbow nation. I can’t wait to line up on the start line in Tokyo in July!”
Echoeing Moolman-Pasio’s sentiments, women’s hockey goalkeeper, Mbande took to Instagram to share how much she is looking forward to achieving her childhood dream.
“Dear 10-year-old self: we did it all fam 🥺💚💛! We have achieved every single one of our childhood dreams,” she shared on her Instagram page.
In 2017, Mbande revealed in an interview on SABC that her aim as an athlete has always been to represent Mzansi globally.
For 24-year-old swimmer, Chelius, she said on Instagram that she is thankful for what she highlights as a golden moment in her career, and is grateful for the support she has received from her fellow swimming partners.
“Monday Motivation: Doing it for golden moments like these with golden girls like them 🥰✨
“I’d say qualifying for the Olympics has been my most surreal moment in the pool so far, but it was 1000 times sweeter thanks to these gems 👭.
“It’s so amazing to have swim friends who become family over the years, and to be surrounded by people who cheer for one another, laugh with one another and celebrate each other’s victories 🏆.”
You can read last week’s #MondayMotivation as social media celebrated former Banyana Banyana player turned corporate star, Lydia Monyepao’s SAFA Chief Operating Officer appointment.
Photo 1 Caption: South Africa’s Olympic-bound cyclist, Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio, believes the Olympic Games is a chance for athletes to inspire people around the world, especially with the current Covid-19 pandemic continuing to spread across communities. Photo: Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Facebook)