Mariette Adams, Vuyokazi Nkanjeni and Xolile Junior Mpisane will go head to head for the Woman in Print award at the 16th annual Momentum gsport Awards.
Print media is one of the oldest and most efficient media platforms to tell stories and these Momentum gsport Woman in Print finalists have used their respective platforms to proudly tell stories of South African sportswomen breaking boundaries across the globe.
Adams is a senior writer at SA Rugby Magazine whose passion for telling rugby stories is compelling. Adams is a dominant and influential woman in sport who is thriving in what is considered a male-dominated profession. She has written meaningful pieces and positively impacted women in rugby through her work in both print and online. She continues to play a key role in the success of SA Rugby magazine.
Though she never expected her name to come up as a #gsport16 finalist, she is thrilled to be recognized: “I was so happy when I found out that I have been named as a finalist for the Woman in Print award. I didn’t expect to be a finalist let alone amongst such true pioneers of women in sport. Everyone on that list does work that has gone a long way in positively impacting our athletes and their careers. I am so glad I get to play a part in the stories of the women whose stories I profile, I get to be a part of their story and take their stories to the many communities that cherish their work. We do selfless work and one cannot do this without investing their full will and heart, this means that every single name on the finalist list is worthy and deserving of the recognition. I wish every single finalist all the best with the awards, and I want everyone to know that they are already winners.”
Nkanjeni is a passionate journalist for The Herald and The Weekend Post newspapers. She is very passionate about football and has taken charge of telling incredible stories of women in the football fraternity. Based in the Eastern Cape, Nkanjeni has contributed immensely in the industry as she has taken her coverage beyond just one province to the entire country, making sure that stories and successes of women in sport are proudly told.
This is what she said about being a Momentum gsport woman in print finalist: “It is a great honour to once again be a finalist in the Momentum gsport Woman in Print award category. I have had an opportunity to cover the Cosafa women’s and men’s tournaments amongst other great football tournaments. Watching Banyana Banyana be crowned champions was one of the greatest highlights of my journalism career. I have also had an opportunity to cover and tell stories of many women who play in the local leagues and I have been truly inspired by their journeys and resilience. I want to applaud the Momentum gsport awards for making it so easy for us to celebrate each other. This platform is truly the biggest one to date that I have seen honor women in sports without focusing on which part of the industry they occupy. I can’t wait to see who walks away with the awards this year.”
Mpisane describes herself as a huge lover and fan of women in sport. She uses her voice through the newspaper Isolezwe to put great focus on women who are doing incredible work in the sports industry. Her passion for sports and women are the driving force behind her feel good stories of South African women in sport who are breaking boundaries in their different sporting codes.
“I feel so honoured to be part of this list, I looked at the list of finalists and I see women that I look up to, women whose stories I have written, women I know are doing well in the boardrooms and women who are doing spectacular work with telling stories and to be part of this list is something very special to me. In the past year because of the pandemic, we have had to adapt and do our best to navigate the tough circumstances that we are all faced with, we have had to change a lot of things in how we work, we couldn’t go to stadiums anymore, but we did our best to be present in other ways.
“It was so refreshing to see women in sport adapt and continue kicking down doors even in trying times. Even though some of the sporting activities were postponed or cancelled, we have had to keep the flame going and for me that is something very special. We have shown that even through some tough situations if we work together we can always make sure that something good comes out of it. There are so many women doing great things in sport whether be as journalists, athletes, Publicists, Media liaison, administrators, coaches, you name it. Through the Momentum gsport awards we all get to celebrate each other and the different contributions we bring to the table in our love for sport.”
Photo Caption: Mariette Adams, Vuyokazi Nkanjeni and Xolile Junior Mpisane will go head to head for the Woman in Print award at the 16th annual Momentum gsport Awards. In this file photo, Marizanne Kok is on the other side of the microphone, interviewed after winning the Woman in Print Award in Johannesburg, on 31 August, 2021. Photo: Momentum