SA women’s sport needs more support to improve and better compete on the global stage:- That’s the message from leading sportswomen who sent wishes to gsport on Wednesday 1 August, the online initiative’s 12th birthday.
SA U18 girls hockey coach, Tsoanelo Pholo led the call for more support saying: “There is no question that women’s sport is grossly overlooked by mainstream media. Our stars and heroines don’t get the exposure they deserve.
“This was until gsport came into the picture; through various online platforms, women’s sport, athletes, administrators and coaches alike are acknowledged and celebrated.” – Tsoanelo Pholo
“Thank you for all that you’ve done to raise the profile of women’s sport & here’s to wishing you 100 more years of success.”
Momentum Proteas star player, Mignon du Preez, said: “Happy 12th Birthday gsport! Thank you for giving women’s sport and women in sport a voice in SA!”
Western Province Sportswoman of the Year, Nolene Conrad thanked gsport for its invaluable contributions towards uplifting and profiling woman’s sports in SA.
“May you grow from strength to strength and continue to do great work.” – Nolene Conrad
“You celebrate our victories and encourage us through our setbacks whilst giving us the platform to shine and inspire the younger generation.
SA hockey legend and world record holder for the most international goals, Pietie Coetzee, praised gsport for taking on the sports landscape in South Africa, saying female athletes are often left feeling frustrated and hopeless.
“Thank you for assisting us all in this struggle, creating awareness and giving opportunity to the minority.” – Pietie Coetzee
Former South African women’s hockey captain Marsha Cox – who was at the launch of gsport in August 2006, wrote in to say: “Wow how time flies! 12 years already!!! I’m sure when you reflect back at the last 12 years, you look back with pride for the growth that this baby has shown, with a big smile at all the fond memories over the years!
“Thank you for being an inspiration and through the gsport platform introducing us to other inspirational women.” – Marsha Cox
“It is such an honour to know you and them! From showing us your bravery you have encouraged and motivated us to be brave and dare to dream and make that dream a reality!”
Former SA netball captain, Zanele Mdodana, questioned where sportswomen would be with gsport.
“What would we be, where would we be as SA women in sport, if were not for you. Thank you for being our voice for giving us the platform we deserve showcasing our excellence across the board. We are now a force because you were brave enough to back SA women in Sport.”
“Many more years. Nangomso Ningadinwa!” – Zanele Mdodana
gsport Founder, Kass Naidoo, says while strides have been made to increase coverage of women’s sport in South Africa, it is clear that more collaborative efforts need to happen in order to really change the game.
“As an initiative, gsport is what it is, because of the overwhelming support of the women in sport community. We are working hard to draw closer to similar initiatives making strides to raise the profile of women’s sport in South Africa.”
Photo 1 caption: Initiative Founder Kass Naidoo and TUT MLS Internship Ambassador Refiloe Jane spent the morning of gsport’s 12th birthday with six inspiring emerging Hoërskool Vorentoe student athletes, who took the opportunity to grill the Banyana Banyana star about her success, and how they can follow in her footsteps. Photo: gsport