The September Clinique Feature Articles:

Looking back from the beginning of September, we can only say that
August was an amazing month, which included gsport … for Girls!
celebrated her first birthday in style!

It was also a special month for gsport since we signed on our first
commercial partner and are delighted that Clinique will be the sponsor
of the gsport Feature Articles. Welcome Clinique!

We see this association as a wonderful match and we look forward to
continuing to keep women informed about what it means to be a woman in
South Africa in this day and age, and the benefits of playing sport and
maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

gsport’s theme this month is PASSION as we welcome Spring and get ready to give the last few months of this year our best shot.

In another significant move at gsport, swimming icon, Penny Heyns,
has come on board, and will write a monthly column for next 12 months,
for the next 12 months, with a special focus for our Olympic-bound
athletes ahead of their life-changing opportunity to represent South
Africa at Beijing 2008.

If you’re feeling a little sluggish and need some motivation as you
rekindle passion in your life, sit back, relax and enjoy the Clinique
Feature Articles.
Welcome to the gsport PASSION edition!

Feature Articles:

20070901ThumbKarin.jpg Play Sport Feature
Winter is over and its time to get active again! Since September last
year, gsport has been running a poll on our website, asking you why you
play sport. Nearly 55% of you said you played sport for the love of the
game. So, if you haven’t yet found the sport of your choice, maybe its
time to give it another try. And to make it a bit easier, here’s some
great information to get you started. gsport spoke to SPAR National
Women’s Hockey team sports scientist, Karin Hugo,  about how sports
science can assist an athlete achieve better results.

20070901ThumbCoverShoot.jpg Behind the Scenes: gsport Cover Shoot
Spring is in the air, and we are delighted to announce the launch of
gsport’s first cover shoot. It’s something we’ve been contemplating for
a while now, and we’re thrilled to let you know that the monthly Cover
Girl shoot will be a regular feature on gsport. This month, we chose
celebrated mountaineer, Deshun Deysel, who has embarked on the 7
Summits program, during which she aims to climb the highest mountain on
each of the seven continents. Here’s a sneak behind-the-scenes peak of
the first gsport Cover shoot.

20070901ThumbNomsebenzi.jpg 5 Mins With Springbok Captain, Nomsebenzi Tsotsobe
As Jake White’s Springbok team prepare to battle for glory at the IRB
Rugby World Cup in France,  the women’s national team, are just hoping
for some game time … any game time! The Springbok women haven’t
played competitively since their appearance at the IRB Women’s Rugby
World Cup in Canada last August. National captain, Nomsebenzi Tsotsobe,
spoke to gsport about the state of women’s rugby one year after South
Africa’s World Cup appearance.

20070901ThumbWendy.jpg 5 Mins with SPAR’s Wendy Kruger
Supermarket giant, SPAR, continues to reign supreme as the biggest
corporate supporter of women’s sport. Last month, SPAR announced it was
renewing its sponsorship of netball for another three years in a deal
worth over R12 million. SPAR Group PR and Sponsorship Manager, Wendy
Kruger, spared a few minutes for gsport to tell us why SPAR is
passionate about supporting women’s sport.

20070901ThumbCricket.jpg Proteas Europe Success
In November, the South African women’s cricket team will head off to
Pakistan to attempt to qualify for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in
Australia in 2009. The squad is currently on a high after a successful
tour to Europe which included a historic win in the one-off four-day
test against Netherlands. gsport spoke to Convenor of Selectors,
Geraldine Smith, Chairperson of Cricket South Africa’s Women’s Cricket
Committee, Kerri Laing, and star all-rounder, Sunette Loubser, about
the progress of the women’s national team over the past few months.

Personal Accounts:

20070901ThumbIlse.jpg Ilse Langhout
Ilse Langhout is the 2007 gsport Volunteer of the Year after scooping
the honour at the inaugural gsport Awards on 1 August, 2007. In this
wonderful Personal Account story, Ilse retraces her passion for sport,
and shares with us some of her career highlights. Here’s a story about
a woman who is dedicated to raising the profile of women in sport and
has achieved great results already. 

20070901ThumbMmangwato.jpg Mmangwato Mabusela
Mabusela is a female soccer referee from Soshanguve. She works as a
Computer Operator at the South African Post Office, and on weekends,
she lives out her passion of contributing to soccer as a referee. Her
involvement with soccer started back in 1996, but in 2001, a knee
injury curtailed her career. Mmangwato was so passionate about the game
that she decided to become a referee. Read about her hopes and dreams
for women soccer referees in SA.

20070901ThumbIsigungu.jpg Team Isigungu
Isigungu could be the first women’s sailing team to represent South
Africa’s hopes in the Yngling class during the 2008 Beijing Olympic
Games, since qualifying for the world’s most distinctive sports
tournament after an enthralling year competing in Europe’s most
daunting sailing meets. Skipper Dominique Provoyeur tells gsport about
the year, and the team’s Olympic aspirations.

20070901ThumbSharlene.jpg Sharlene McGilvray
McGilvray is the only woman in SA who races BMX bicycles and she has
done so for the past nine years. This fun loving mother of two is 48
years old but insists she will be 18 until she dies. Meet a woman who
has an incredible passion for BMX racing and has achieved a lot in past
decade, including competing at the World BMX Champs three times. Find
out how a call to DJ Fresh on 5fm helped Sharlene receive the most
amazing support from the station’s listeners.


20070901ThumbPenny.jpg The Penny Heyns Series: PASSION
swimming icon Penny Heyns is a true inspiration; a champion athlete
with a heart of gold, and a passion for life. gsport is delighted to
announce that Penny will publish a monthly column here for the next 12
months, with a special focus for our Olympic-bound athletes ahead of
their life-changing opportunity to represent South Africa at Beijing
2008. In this first installment, Penny considers the role of Passion in
an athlete’s preparation for the road ahead.

20070901ThumbSharon.jpg Wonder Woman: Finding Your Passion
What is your greatest passion? If it’s a question you’re struggling to
answer, then this is the ideal time to reassess your life and aim to
find out exactly where you are and where you want to be. We can choose
to throw our hands up in despair about the things that are going wrong
in our life, or we can choose to find our true purpose. This month,
Sharon Lee Plaskitt gives us good reason to find our passion.



The Spring 2007 Leading Ladies:

Welcome to the PASSION issue of gsport.
We’re delighted to once again be featuring four outstanding South
African women in our Leading Ladies category, who serve as role models.

Our Woman of the Month is an inspirational young woman who has
personally ensured that the law will better protect women clients of
Medical Aid schemes, while our Woman in Media for September is the
vivacious SABC Sport presenter, Carol Manana.
gsport’s Spring Style Star is the globally popular
Tanya van Graan, who talks to gsport about being voted the Sexiest
Woman, her true career ambitions, style and culture, and our September
gSTAR, who is also gsport’s first Cover Girl, is mountaineering expert
and Laureus Sport for Good Ambassador, Deshun Deysel.


20070901ThumbSam.jpg Samantha Gallièt
is best known as the woman who took her medical aid to court and won,
after they refused to pay for a special drug to help her fight breast
cancer. As a result of her experience with breast cancer, Samantha
launched PinkLink, a non profit organisation, which desires a future
where the rights of patients and those affected by breast cancer are
respected and upheld. Introducing gsport’s September Woman of the
Month, the truly incredible Samantha Gallièt!

20070901ThumbCarol.jpg It’s not hard to see why Carol Manana
is one of SA’s most successful sports broadcasters. Her passion for
sport, her gorgeous smile, and her fabulous sense of humour has made
her a favourite with fans, and many women aspire to be like her. This
award-winning TV presenter has travelled around the world covering
international events for SABC Sport and shares some of those
experiences with us. Introducing gsport’s September Woman in Media,
Carol Manana!

20070901ThumbTanya.jpg She has been named FHM’s sexiest woman for 2007, but Tanya van Graan’s
real passion is acting. Her favourite actresses are Meryl Streep and
Judi Dench, and she dreams to achieve great successes of her own. Tanya
is currently working on a four-part Afrikaans drama series, her first
production in her home language. This stylish top model and actress
told gsport about her passions, plans, personal style, and her love for
golf. Introducing gsport’s September Style Star, the gorgeous Tanya van

20070901ThumbDeshun.jpg gsport is proud to introduce our first-ever monthly Cover Girl. At the age of 9, Deshun Deysel
dreamt of climbing Mount Everest. In 1996, at the age of 26, she became
the first black woman to set foot on Everest when she was selected for
the first South African expedition. Now, at the age of 37, she is
attempting to climb the highest mountains on each of the seven
continents. Introducing gsport’s September gSTAR; celebrated
mountaineer and a top conference speaker, Deshun Deysel!



The September 2007 gsport Newsroom:

Below are the sports news articles published on gsport during August
2007. A special thanks to all our contacts and contributors, please
keep your news coming to gsport … for Girls! at

  Surfing   Nikita Defends Crown in PE  Sun 30 Sep
  Netball   World Cup Squad Announced  Sun 30 Sep
  Sports Event   KwaZulu-Natal SA Games Winners  Sat 29 Sep
  Surfing   WP, Border and EP Chase KZN Title  Sat 29 Sep
  Netball   SA Lose Test, Win Series  Sat 29 Sep
  Sailing   From Gothenburg to Miami  Sat 29 Sep
  Netball   World Champs Preparations Boost  Fri 28 Sep 
  Surfing   Junior Champs Blow into PE  Thu 27 Sep
  Cycling   Speedy Chases First Juicy Lucy  Thu 27 Sep
  Netball   SA Clinch Netball Series  Thu 27 Sep
  Surfing   Tarryn Takes Billabong Series Win  Thu 27 Sep
  Road Running   Challenge to Help a Worthy Cause  Wed 26 Sep
  Sailing   Isigungu in Final Euro Event  Wed 26 Sep
  Sports Event   Fourth SA Games Kicks Off  Tue 25 Sep
  Cycling   Speedy’s Title Hopes Boost  Tue 25 Sep
  Netball   SA’s Narrow Win Not Enough  Tue 25 Sep
  Tennis   ACSA Serves Up a Good Game  Mon 24 Sep
  Sports Event   Challenge for Health Awareness  Mon 24 Sep
  Surfing   Seeded Surfers Pull Rank  Sun 23 Sep
  Netball   Uganda Test Team Announced  Sun 23 Sep
  Girls Get to The Point
 Fri 21 Sep
  Sports Event
  Bloem’s  SA Games in Four Days
 Fri 21 Sep
  Women in Sport
  Deshun on TV!
 Fri 21 Sep
  Speedy Takes Aim at Mazda Title
 Fri 21 Sep
  SA Prep for World Champs
 Fri 21 Sep
  Hockeyroos Bound for South Africa
 Thu 20 Sep
  Testosterone-Free Mountain Biking
 Thu 20 Sep
  Gecko Wins Tag Team Surfing
 Thu 20 Sep
  Conradie Unbeatable in Africycle
 Wed 19 Sep
  Marissa in Pre-World Champs Win
 Tue 18 Sep
  Road Running
  Last Challenge in Joburg Spring
 Mon 17 Sep
  Surfing   Heather Takes SA Masters  Mon 17 Sep
  Cycling   Cbist Owner Takes a Stand  Sat 15 Sep
  Surfing   Tarryn Queen to Be in J-Bay  Fri 14 Sep
  Cycling   Dome2Dome Title Wide Open
 Thu 13 Sep
  Golf   Gary Reports Back on Kelli
 Thu 13 Sep 
  Cycling   Anriette Returns to Top in PE  Wed 12 Sep  
  Women in Sport   Bring On T20!  Tue 11 Sep
  Rugby   League Play-Off Dates Confirmed  Tue 11 Sep
  Sport Event   50Hr Challenge for Cape Town  Tue 11 Sep
  Cycling   De Villiers Crashes, Van Wyk Wins  Mon 10 Sep
  Golf   Gauteng North A Wins IPT Champs  Sat 08 Sep
  Surfing   Rosy in Spanish Quarters  Fri 07 Sep
  Cycling   Big Dome2Dome Turnout Expected  Fri 07 Sep
 Thu 06 Sep  
  Cycling   Gear Up for the Vaal’s Big One
 Thu 06 Sep
  Road Running 
 Thu 06 Sep
  Hockey   Olympic Training Squad Announced   Wed 05 Sep 
  Tennis   Dunlop Mini Series Finals Results  Mon 03 Sep
 Mon 03 Sep