Thandeka Sibeko Makes History Ahead of PinkDay ODI

The Imperial Wanderers Stadium has announced the appointment of their first female Grounds’ Curator, Thandeka Sibeko, ahead of the Betway PinkDay ODI. Photo: Imperial Wanderers Stadium (Twitter)

The Imperial Wanderers Stadium has announced the appointment of their first female Grounds’ Curator, Thandeka Sibeko, ahead of the Betway PinkDay ODI which will take place on Sunday, 20 March 2022.

Sibeko is a Tshwane University of Technology student who describes herself as competent, fit, hardworking, and is debunking the notion that the Grounds’ Curator role can only be perfected by men.

Sibeko is said to be the first woman in the 66 years of existence of the stadium to be a part of the grounds curation team that will prepare for the upcoming ODI.

She will serve as a trainee under the supervision of Evan Flint, the Head Grounds’ Curator at the stadium.

“The Grounds unit had a vacancy and a conversation started between the CEO, HR and the Unit Head as a challenge to invest effort, time as well as resources to find a suitable and passionate female candidate to fulfil the role,” said Flint via the Lions Cricket website.

“We are truly excited with the appointment of Thandeka to inject a female touch to the pitch that hosted the Greatest ODI ever. We certainly do welcome Thandeka with open arms and looking forward to the journey ahead.”

The newly appointed Grounds’ Curator said she is ecstatic to be a part of the exciting journey and looks forward to work in this male-dominated industry.

“I am very grateful for this opportunity. Evan had his team are fantastic and there’s no doubt that I’m going to learn from them along the journey,” said Sibeko.

“I never before realised just how much hard work maintaining a field can be,” the newly-appointed trainee continued.

“The team is always there to answer my endless list of questions and I am so happy that we as women are being given opportunities in a male dominated industry. The Imperial Wanderers Stadium, whilst intimidating, serves as the absolute best ground that I can learn from,” she concluded.

 

Photo 1 Caption: The Imperial Wanderers Stadium has announced the appointment of their first female Grounds’ Curator, Thandeka Sibeko, ahead of the Betway PinkDay ODI. Photo: Imperial Wanderers Stadium (Twitter)

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