In 2023, The Year of Women’s Sport, I, Asanda Shozi, had the opportunity to shadow gsport Content Lead Celine Abrahams at the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
The World Championships took place on African soil after 84 years – the first was help in Cairo, Egypt in 1939!
When gsport4girls gave me the opportunity, I knew that I was going to learn so much and be inspired.
After Celine told me stories about her experience in the sports industry I learnt the importance of being resilient and staying true to who I am. Being a woman in sport is not easy but what will keep you in the game is resilience.
From the gsport Content Lead, I also learnt that the sky is truly the limit. You can do anything you set your mind to. Celine writes sport stories, manages social media platforms, hosts Twitter Spaces and even Instagram Lives at times.
She is a jack of all trades, a master of all and I was truly inspired by her hard work. Shadowing her was such an eye-opening experience.
My experience at the ITTF was much more than I had envisioned it to be. I did not only learn more about table tennis, but I also got to see the world’s best live. I got exposed to how other countries conduct themselves during games, which is totally different to ours. And most importantly, I saw the potential of table tennis becoming one of the big sporting codes in our country after the young and old gathered in Durban in the name of the sport.
The ITTF did leave a mark on the people of South Africa, and I see more people gaining interest in the sport.
Covering the ITTF with gsport reintroduced my dream as a sport media personality. This experience has to be one of my highlights in my journey and it was one of those affirming moments that I can make it. I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity.
Photo 1 Caption: Rising Radio Broadcaster Asanda Shozi pictured at the ITTF World Table Tennis Championships Finals at Durban ICC. Photo: gsport / Celine Abrahams