On this International Women’s Day, we pay tribute to the inaugural gsport Hall of Fame inductee, Penny Heyns!

The talent and dedication is took for this international swimming icon to rock the world was the inspiration behind the launch of gsport4girls!, when we decided to track and tell the amazing story of inaugural gsport Hall of Fame inductee,.

Since Penny was honoured in 2006, the gsport Awards has grown in stature with amazing individuals – who have proudly represented South Africa at home and around the world –  being honoured at the Awards each year.

Today, we will highlight some of these outstanding champions in honour of #IWD17


Photo 1 caption: Penny Heyns became gsport’s inaugural Hall of Fame inductee at a small function held to mark the launch of gsport … for Girls! at the (then) Westcliff Hotel in Johannesburg, on 1 August, 2006. Photo: gsport / Rebecca Hearfield

Photo 2 caption: gsport was founded to raise the profile of SA women in sport, and to encourage Corporate SA to back the nation’s women athlete. Multiple Olympic Gold medallist and world records holder Penny Heyns defined the strength of purpose required for the task ahead. Photo: gsport / Rebecca Hearfield

Photo 3 caption: Penny Heyns smiles with gsport Founder, Kass Naidoo. Photo: gsport / Rebecca Hearfield

Photo 4 caption: The group photo that marks the gathering of a select few women at the launch of gsport4girls in the Sir Herbert Baker Suite at the Westcliff Hotel, on 1 August, 2006. Back row: Melinda Lombard, Zeena Isaacs and Nazli Thomas, (third row) Zelda van Vuuren, Cindy Grota, Marsha Marescia, Tinky Pringle, Karien Jonkheere, Liz Nicolau, (second row) Zai Khan, Hasina Kathrada, Siki Mgabadeli, Marjolein van der Stadt, Ruth Africa, (and front row) Leanne Manas, Kass Naidoo, Penny Heyns and Nothemba Madumo. Photo: gsport / Rebecca Hearfield

Photo 5 caption: Photo: Penny Heyns and Zelda van Vuuren enjoying tea and a few treats. Photo: gsport / Rebecca Hearfield