The special guests and nominees at the annual gsport4girls awards are drawn from the length and breadth of South Africa – from as far south as Cape Agulhas and as far north as Limpopo.
Getting them all to the awards ceremony could be a logistical nightmare, but for the past seven years, gsport’s longest running sponsor, HRG Rennies Travel, has stepped up to the plate and seen to it that everyone is there on time, feeling comfortable and relaxed.
“We chose to partner with gsport because of the synergies that exist between the organisations,” said Operations Director Lynn Howarth.
“Both promote excellence and recognise the potential and importance of women being propelled to achieve greatness in all spheres. Over 80% of our organisation comprises women, so we are committed to providing platforms that allow women to excel,” she explained.
“The passion to create positive moments is at the core of everything that we do – to be part of enabling adventures, dreams and aspirations. Supporting the gsport awards function gives us the opportunity to do just that.”
Chief Executive Bronwyn Philipps is whole-heartedly behind Rennies’ partnership with gsport4girls, because it celebrates strong, independent women.
“We all look up to strong, independent women,” said Philipps. “I think my philosophy is best summed up in the words of Anne Sweeney, President of Walt Disney: ‘Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.’”
Inspirational words indeed, that can be applied in sport as well as in business.
“Well, any challenge except perhaps the traffic on the road from the airport,” she laughed.
A leading South African travel management company wholly owned by Bidvest, HRG Rennies Travel operates more than 40 offices across South Africa, Malawi, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Through its global partner, the Hogg Robinson Group, it extends this network to more than 120 countries.
“Our business is dominated by women, so to be part of an initiative like gsport that raises the profile of women is very close to our hearts,” said Howarth.
“We recognise that women are the people who balance work and home life, so we make sure that we provide support in the work environment to allow them to manage all aspects of their lives better.
“We are very proud to have been nominated as one of the Top 100 Most Gender Empowered companies in South Africa, in recognition of companies that encompass gender empowerment at the very core of their business activities,” she said.
Rennies Travel is a major force behind a number of leading events in South Africa, and in addition to its partnership with gsport4girls, provides sponsorship support for the Didata Golf ProAm, the Bidvest Golf Day and the 702 Walk the Talk charity walk.
Rennies Travel has been a major player in the South African travel industry for 60 years.
Offering personalised leisure travel services, consulting expertise and incentive and event programmes, the company services thousands of customers. It has about 30% of the travel market share and takes care of many of South Africa’s blue chip companies.
Photo 1 caption: HRG Rennies Operations Director Lynn Howarth (left) pictured with industry guru Dot Field just before the start of the 2014 SPAR gsport Awards, at the Wanderers Club, in Illovo, Johannesburg, on Monday, 24 November, 2014. As gsport’s longest-standing Awards sponsor, Rennies Travel has been responsible for conveying awards finalists, winners and guests to and from the Awards, safely and securely for the past seven years. Photo: Rebecca Hearfield / gsport
Photo 2 caption: HRG Rennies’ Lynn Howarth (right) congratulates 2013 Athlete of the Year with Disability Kgothatso Montjane on her achievements in wheelchair tennis. Photo: Rebecca Hearfield / gsport
(With editing by gsport)