The growth of all sports is dependent on having solid development programmes in place which take into account all members of the population of both genders.

Thus since 1997, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has been fortunate to have 27 women represent South Africa in its various disciplines at the highest levels.

The women who have represented South Africa, have always done so with pride and distinction, and have often out-performed their male counterparts.

Currently North West University has three of South Africa’s top gamers studying in its hallowed halls.

The three gamers are:

Esmari Swart – Vice-Captain of the National CounterStrike; GO Esports Squad,
Simone Beck – Vice-Captain of the National League of Legends Esports Squad, and
Elishia Retief – 2 times world champion for Ancients Wargamiing.


Photograph: (from left to right) Esmari Swart, Simone Beck, and Elishia Retief