Natalie du Toit Calls for Collaboration to Fuel Women’s Sport

Natalie du Toit Calls for Collaboration to Fuel Women’s Sport

Celebrated South African sportswomen and #gsport13 Judge Natalie du Toit has called for more collaboration to build women’s sport in South Africa.

She was speaking to Vaylen Kirtley on Morning Live today about the 2018 gsport Awards and her thoughts on the health of women’s sport in SA.

“I think it’s a matter of getting everyone to speak, it’s a matter of getting federations to stand up and work towards growing women within sport.” – Paralympian Natalie Du Toit

“I know athletes have different ways of speaking about women in sport,” du Toit continued. “I have heard some say that women in general don’t want to work as hard as the men do.”

“We are trying to grow the depth within women’s sport, we are trying to grow the depth within leaders in sport as well. It’s challenging and I think it will take a few years. We have got to keep, not just talking about it, but actually working together and collaborating and working together, for a better future for women in sport.”

The courageous Olympian and Paralympian, who excelled on the global stage in a decorated career, urged athletes to look for opportunities to give back.

“From a former athlete coming on board (gsport) and showing that athletes don’t just have to be an athlete or a former athlete, you can get involved and actually do better and do good for the rest of the athletes and for the youngsters coming up.”

Speaking of her own career, and the ups and downs encountered, Du Toit said: “It’s been a challenge. As a woman it was tough for me to get into a pool and swim for eight hours and to be able to study and live a life, do motivational speaking, trying to earn a living. I think from that side, its quite challenging. You really need to know what you want to achieve in order to achieve it.”

“I think different sports have different opportunities for women. You will have your male-dominated sports, and I think team sports is a little more challenging.”

Speaking about the 2018 gsport Awards, Du Toit lauded the nominees, saying the depth is getting bigger and better.

“It is great to see the growth of the gsport Awards and how it’s been taken on by women and at the same been accepted. For me, that’s amazing to see in my lifetime.” – Natalie du Toit

“For us, as gsport Awards, it’s about collaborating, it’s about coming together and talking more and having those conversations and trying to get people together and women together and I think it’s definitely doing its job.”

 

Photo 1 caption: 2018 Awards Judge Natalie du Toit has used National Women’s Day to call for more collaboration, to build women’s sport in South Africa. Photo: Screengrab of SABC Broadcast

Photo 2 caption: Du Toit was interviewed by Morning Live sports anchor Vaylen Kirtley about her role as a Judge for the 2018 gsport Awards, and about her thoughts on the health of women’s sport in SA. Photo: Screengrab of SABC Broadcast

Photo 3 caption: An Olympic and Paralympic athlete urged athletes to look for opportunities to give back. “Athletes don’t just have to be an athlete or a former athlete, you can get involved and actually do better, do good for the rest of the athletes and for the youngsters coming up,” said du Toit. Photo: Screengrab of SABC Broadcast

Photo 4 caption: Speaking of the ups and downs of her own career, Du Toit said: “It’s been a challenge. As a woman it was tough for me to get into a pool and swim for eight hours, and to be able to study and live a life, do motivational speaking, trying to earn a living. You really need to know what you want, to achieve in order to achieve it.” Photo: Screengrab of SABC Broadcast

Photo 5 caption: “We are trying to grow the depth within women’s sport, we are trying to grow the depth within leaders in sport as well. It’s challenging, and I think it will take a few years. We have got to keep working together for a better future for women in sport,” said du Toit. Photo: Screengrab of SABC Broadcast

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