Sizzling Newsmakers List Ahead of #GAL2020 Event

by | Dec 1, 2020

We have started the final month of year, when the gsport Team will be honouring 10 leading women in sport who have dominated headlines globally during an unprecedented year.

For the month of November, women in sport continued to push the boundaries globally leading to a list of 23 incredible newsmakers.

A ground-breaking moment for women’s sport on the continent saw the Mail and Guardian partner gsport to power the coverage of women’s sport on the continent.

Momentum Proteas’ Shabnim Ismail wrote her name into cricket history books becoming South Africa’s first ever overseas player to win the Player of the Match award in a men’s or women’s Big Bash League final.

Continuing with their COSAFA Women’s Championship success, Banyana Banyana earned their fourth consecutive title and were honoured by Sport Minister, Mr Nathi Mthethwa, in a celebratory dinner.


See below for the full list of November’s newsmakers:


Central Gauteng Lions Cricket – Lioness players have received contracts ahead of the new season and Imperial as naming rights sponsor.

Valencia Seshoene – included in the IOC Young Leaders six-week learning sprint program.

Old Edwardians Cricket – launch first women’s team in the club’s 100th season.

SASCOC – five out of eight new South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee board members are leading women in sport.

Michaela Whitebooi – draws closer to Tokyo Olympics qualification winning gold medals at Cameroon African Open and Senegal African Open.

Jessica Wade – rewarded with a trip to Spain courtesy of LaLiga for her outstanding performance at the 2020 COSAFA Women’s Championship.

Rabi Mpete – appointed Netball World Cup 2023 Project Manager.

Hildah Magaia – wins Player of the Tournament award at 2020 COSAFA Women’s Championship.

Banyana Banyana – win fourth consecutive COSAFA Women’s Championship title.

Sinethemba Mbatha – appointed Banyana Banyana and U17 National Boys’ Team Media Officer.

Kaiyuree Moodley – preparing to leave South Africa to fulfil her dreams of playing the sport in the United States of America.

Sibulele Holweni – wins Golden Boot award at 2020 COSAFA Women’s Championship.

Vicki Traut – earns back-to-back victories in the South African Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.

Warren Abrahams – appointed full-time Wales Women head coach.

Springbok Women – South Africa will face England, France and Fiji in Pool C of the 2021 Rugby World Cup.

Aimee Barrett-Theron – broke new ground to become the first woman to officiate a men’s Super Rugby match.

Leandra Smeda – signs deal with Portuguese giants, Famalicao.

Tshina Mdau – produces successful debut performance for the SPAR Proteas during the SPAR Challenge.

Shabnim Ismail – becomes the first ever overseas player to win the Player of the Match award in a men’s or women’s Big Bash League Final.

#MGxGSPORT partnership – Mail and Guardian backs gsport to power the coverage of African women in sport.

Nathi Mthethwa – honours the success of Banyana Banyana.

SPAR Proteas – secure SPAR Challenge series whitewash with record-breaking win in final Test against Malawi.

Roxanne Clarke – appointed captain of South Africa’s team for the Billie Jean King Cup.



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