Star-Studded Line-Up as January #GAL2021 Newsmakers Unveiled

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The second monthly Newsmakers List ahead of third edition of the gsport Annual List event in December 2021, presents a star-studded line-up as women in sport continue to dominate headlines across the globe.


The Momentum Proteas team lead the list after earning a well-deserved ODI series whitewash over Pakistan and securing a T20i series win with a game still to be played. Squad members Shabnim Ismail, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Trisha Chetty and Tazmin Brits feature alongside the national side for their outstanding individual achievements.

This month also awarded athletes with increased sponsorship as JVW Girls Football Club partnered with Balderstone Sports Institute to provide a full-time high-performance football academy with education, for talented and dedicated high school aged girls.

Olympic-bound swimmer, Tatjana Schoenmaker signed a sponsorship with car dealership Eagle Ford and is currently cruising in a brand-new Ford Ecosport Titanium.

South Africa’s “SheRef”, Akhona Makalima grabbed headlines recently becoming the only woman selected to officiate at the upcoming 2021 Men’s U20 AFCON.

We also honour footballers Jermaine Seoposenwe and Linda Motlhalo, who are flying the South African high in Portugal and Sweden, respectively.

See the full Newsmakers list below!



The Second Monthly Intake for the #GAL2021 Campaign:  

Akhona Makalima – Only Woman Selected to Officiate at 2021 Men’s AFCON

Gerda Steyn – Races to Second Fastest Time Ever at Super Sport 10km in Dubai

Heike Janse van Vuuren – Bags First ITF Junior Singles Title in Durban

Jermaine Seoposenwe – History-Making Brace Powers SC Braga to Cup Title

JVW Girls Football Club – Full-Time High Performance Academy added to Sponsorships Success

Lebo Phalula – Wins Gold at Central Gauteng Athletics Cross Country Champs

Lenel Human – First Woman Elected as Mind Sports SA Gauteng Director

Linda Motlhalo – Djurgårdens IF Fotboll Sweden Newcomer of the Year

Momentum Proteas – Secure ODI Series Whitewash over Pakistan in Durban

Noko Matlou – Earns First Professional Debut for SD Eibar in Spain

Nonkululeko Mlaba – Makes Immediate Impact on T20I Debut for Momentum Proteas

Shabnim Ismail – First South African Bowler to Take 100 T20I Wickets

Tatjana Schoenmaker – Olympic Swim Contender Signs Sponsorship with Eagle Ford

Taye Perry – First African Woman to Complete Back-to-Back Dakar Rallies

Tazmin Brits – Hits back-to-back 50’s to take Momentum Proteas to T20I Series Win

Team South Africa – SASCOC reassures athletes that all on track for Tokyo Olympics

Trisha Chetty – Overtakes Sarah Taylor for most dismissals in international cricket


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