South African women in sport are dominating the news as live sport returns to energise an industry hard hit by Covid-19, resulting in a bumper gsport Annual List of newsmakers for the month of October.

Continuing with her global success, SPAR Proteas netball star, Karla Pretorius was honoured for her outstanding season for Sunshine Coast Lightning, winning her third consecutive Player of the Year title.

Momentum Proteas stars, Ayabonga Khaka and Sune Luus broke new ground becoming the first South African cricketers to play in the Women’s T20 Challenge in UAE.

Local federations showed their support for women in leadership positions as Veda Manie has become the first woman to serve on the incoming executive committee of the South African Rugby Employers’ Association and Elizabeth de Koker as new SAFA NEC member and President of the Thabo Mofutsanyana Region.

See below for the full list of October’s Newsmakers:

Rhoda Mulaudzi, Bambanani Mbane and Lebogang Ramalepe – win the Belarus Women’s Championship title with FC Dinamo Minsk

Gerda Steyn – sets new PB record at London Marathon and climbs to second place on all-time SA Marathon Rankings

Kholosa Biyana – joins Real Sporting on a one-year deal

Babalwa Latsha – included in Unstoppables team

Ode Fulutudilu – wins Finnish Cup with Aland United

Jenna Ward – wins China Silver Asset Management SA S1 Surfski Championship and national double ski title

Phumza Maweni – celebrates 100 league appearances for Sunshine Coast Lightning

Ayabonga Khaka and Sune Luus – become first South African cricketers to play in the Women’s T20 Challenge in UAE

Noko Matlou – joins SD Eibar in Spain

Esti van Tonder – wins SA Marathon Championships title

Veda Manie – first woman to serve on the incoming executive committee of the South African Rugby Employers’ Association

Alex Fuller – completes a dominant performance to win third Growthpoint SA Nationals title

Kgothatso Montjane and Kaitlyn Ramduth – selected as ambassadors for the second edition of the BNP Paribas RCS Rising Tennis competition

Glenrose Xaba – sets new PB record at the World Half Marathon race in Poland

Annie Bothma – sets new PB record at Sanlam Cape Town Marathon

Caitlyn Macnab – wins Open Championship title

SACD – retain Growthpoint Interprovincial Squash title

Kaylah Williams – wins Ackerman Championship

Karla Pretorius – wins third consecutive Sunshine Coast Lightning Player of the Year award

Elana Meyer – receives World Peace Award recognition

Tatjana Schoenmaker – sets new African record at the SA National Short Course Swimming Champs

Eastern Cape Aloes – win the Telkom Netball League Division B title

Gauteng Jaguars – win fourth consecutive Telkom Netball League Division A title

Nonkululeko Mlaba, Nondumiso Shangase, Jade de Figuerido, Gabisile Nkosi – included in Powerade National Academy squad

Elizabeth de Koker – new SAFA NEC member and President of the Thabo Mofutsanyana Region

Keo Mokolopo – elected 2nd SA Gymnastics Vice-President