Everywhere I look, women’s sport is making the news.

This hasn’t always the case. In fact, when we launched gsport back in August 2006, coverage of women’s sport was so poor, it encouraged us to keep telling the good story to reshape the skewed narrative.

When we decided to launch the gsport Annual List of newsmakers in December 2019, it was an exercise to see how far women’s sport has come.

We were blown away by the number of highlights we could consider for the eventual list of ten. So much happened last year that new names were taking out older, established names.

The gsport team spent much time debating it ultimately came up with our first list of newsmakers – #GAL2019.

This is how it went down at the gsport annual get together where founder Kass Naidoo paid tribute to those #GAL2019 recipients present at the gathering.

 

(Note – Poor Audio – Click ‘CC’ in the Youtube options to read the captions)

 

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GSPORT ANNUAL LIST – #GAL2019: 

Anrune Weyers: Wins gold, silver and bronze medals at the Dubai World Para Athletics Championships

Babalwa Latsha: Leads the Springbok women to 2021 Rugby World Cup qualification and becomes the first South African to sign a professional club contract in Spain

Caitlin Rooskrantz: Qualifies for Tokyo 2020 after becoming the first South African to win a gold medal at an international gymnastics competition

Caster Semenya: Semenya runs the quickest ever 800metres on US soil at June’s Prefontaine Classic Diamond League and fights valiantly in court battles with the IAAF.

Cecilia Molokwane: Secures Cape Town as host city for the 2023 Netball World Cup, named Administrator of the Year at SA Sport Awards and named President of Netball Africa

Refiloe Jane: The first South African woman to sign with an Italian professional outfit (AC Milan)

Saray Khumalo: The first African woman to summit Mount Everest

SPAR Proteas: Conquerors of Africa and best fourth place Netball World Cup finish in 25 years

Tatjana Schoenmaker: World Cup double gold medallist, World Championship silver medallist and double gold World Student Games medallist

Thembi Kgatlana: Reigning African Women’s Player of the Year and scorer of the opening goal at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France this year

 

Photo: That moment when gsport unveiled its first-ever list of ten newsmakers of women’s sport. Image: gsport