My Wish for Women’s Sport in 2023

Maties Netball Coach and 2022 gsport Annual List of Newsmakers recipient, Zanele  Mdodana, shares her wish for women’s sport. Photo: Zanele Mdodana (Instagram)

As we usher in the New Year, leaders share their wish for women’s sport in 2023.

FIFA- accredited referee and 2022 Momentum gsport Awards Imperial African Woman in Sport winner, Akhona Makalima, says: “Women’s sport has grown immensely over the years, we have to appreciate that even though I think we still have more work to do next year. I wish we can be very international about creating more opportunities, more competitions for women to showcase their talents, more marketing of women’s sport, more endorsements deals and lastly tell as many relatable stories we can.”

She added:” 2023 – women in sport globally should also take some time and position themselves to direct their dreams. We have more competitions coming up this year, women should celebrate and make sure they watch, they support, and they market and take part in all competitions. 2022 we had the Women’s Rugby World Cup, this year we have the FIFA World Cup, Netball World Cup and the T20 World Cup, this should motivate ALL women in sport to participate, to dream, to celebrate, to excel and inspire other.”

Maties Netball Coach and 2022 gsport Annual List of Newsmakers recipient, Zanele  Mdodana, shared her view, saying: “My wish is for women to rise and take their rightful place to win, dictate and dominate. To break all barriers and shatter ceilings, to just be unlimitless.”

Chief Executive Officer of South African Gymnastics Federation, Anne Vermaak, says she hopes women and girls will find their passion for sport.

“I believe there has never been a better time for women’s sport. My wish for every girl, women, mother and grandmother out there is that they will find their passion sport, that they will love it, love it, embrace it and pour their soul into it. I wish to see every woman stand up to be the leader they are made to be and to change this world one person at a time, using the skills they have learnt from their amazing sport that they love no matter their age.

“Women are made to change this world for the better.”

SuperSport broadcaster Portia Moemedi says her wish is to see more women receive equal pay.

“My wish for women in sport in 2023 is abundance. Yes, that includes bigger pay cheques but it’s so much more than that. Longer seasons, more support from the clubs and leagues they play in, greater opportunities to be professional athletes.

“And, it’s not just the women who take to the fields and courts who deserve more. Greater support and more opportunities for women behind the whistles and on the sidelines, and in the boardrooms and at the press conferences as well. Women in sport already give and have given so much, they deserve so much more in return.”

 

Photo 1 Caption: Maties Netball Coach and 2022 gsport Annual List of Newsmakers recipient, Zanele  Mdodana, shares her wish for women’s sport. Photo: Zanele Mdodana (Instagram)

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