Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw has led the tributes to gsport4girls as the initiative celebrates its eighth birthday this August. “Happy Birthday to @gsport4girls!
“It’s now eight years of supporting opportunities for girls already. The gsport Awards are the only women’s sports awards in SA! Keep up this work, we all need you!”, Pauw said in a message to gsport.
(See below article for many more Happy Birthday tweets received)
Launched on 1 August 2006, gsport aims to raise the profile of women’s sport in South Africa to encourage Corporate South Africa to back our women athletes.
The online-based initiative publishes regular news on women’s sport at gsport.co.za and activates extensively across social media via its @gsport4girls profiles on twitter and facebook.
The highlight o the intiative is the yearly gsport Awards, the country’s only women’s sports awards, which recognises individuals who are contributing to the growth of South African women’s sport.
Melissa Reddy, former gsport Woman in Media winner: “Eight years in, eight years strong! Happy Birthday gsport, thanks for your support and promotion of women in sport. You are not just making a change, you ARE the change. Here’s to many more happy, inspiring, encouraging returns!”
Vanes-Mari du Toit, SA Netball Star: “Seeing that it’s my birthday the day after gsport, we’re technically twins! So here’s wishing a very happy birthday to my sister ;)”
Leading woman in media, Lebo Motsoeli, said: “Without gsport women in sport would still be in the dark. Let’s continue to showcase the talent that women in sport have, across Africa. Happy Birthday. Love always.”
Xoli Zondo, SABC Sport presenter search winner: “Eight years seem to have just flown past, happy 8th birthday gsports and I wish you more years as you continue to put women in the sports …fraternity on the podium. Your impact is great. Wishing Kass and her team all the strength, Congrats!!!”
Kate Nokwe, sports broadcaster, added: “Your incredible support for ALL women in sport is life changing. Every day you make us feel like we are part of something bigger. You change lives, one mention at a time. Never doubt you DO make a difference. Happy birthday gsport.”
Jen Su, TV and Radio Presenter: “Wishing gsport a happy 8th birthday -am honoured to have been a previous nominee. Much love!”
Rene Kalmer, top South African runner: “Happy 8th Birthday, gsport! Thanks for backing sportswomen in SA and giving us the exposure and recognition we deserve!”
Mapaseka Makhanya, 2013 SPAR gsport Athlete of the Year: “Happy 8th birthday to gsport. here’s to another great year of achievements, recognition and promoting of sports women in SA.”
Caster Semenya, former gsport Athlete of the Year: “Happy birthday to gsport and thank you for the recognition and the hard work you have put in. Wish you many more years to come. God bless!”
Leading TV and Radio personality Ashraf Garda said: “gsport is proof that a visionary idea with great execution can change how society sees itself. Your role in raising the profile of female sports will leave a lasting legacy and should be celebrated.”
— Nazli Hamilton (@NazliHamilton) August 1, 2014
— Mosibudi Rachel M (@rachysuperstar) August 1, 2014
@nlc27 @gsport4girls happy birthday gsport4girls! Thank you for supporting our female swimmers and coaches. Have a great one!
— Swimming South Africa (@SwimSouthAfrica) August 1, 2014
— Lindadlamini (@lindadlamini001) August 1, 2014
Happy 8th years Birthday to @gsport4girls,may you continue promoting women in sport,you proved it u can,wishing u many more years of success
— Kgothatso Montjane (@KGmontjane1) August 1, 2014
Happy birthday @gsport4girls! Thank u for supporting women in sport the way u do!!
— Anriette Schoeman (@Anriettes) August 1, 2014
Happy birthday @gsport4girls ! Your unwavering dedication to women in sport is a true inspiration ???
— Natalie Le Clue (@NatalieLeClue) August 1, 2014
Happy Birthday @gsport4girls Keep shining that light on our talented sisters!! We appreciate the support and advocacy for women in sport!
— Marissa Langeni (@marissalangeni) August 1, 2014
— Motshidisi Mohono ?? (@MotshidisiM) August 1, 2014
— Natalie Germanos ? (@NatalieGermanos) August 1, 2014
— Sanani Mangisa (@ladysans) August 1, 2014
— Ntsika Msuthu (@ntsikamsuthu) August 1, 2014
— Mahreen Chenia (@Mahreen_Chenia) August 1, 2014
Photo caption: Among the well-wishers on gsport’s 8th birthday were 2013 SPAR gsport Awards distinguished guests (from left) Mpho Maboi, Ntsika Msuthu, Kate Nokwe, Sanani Mangisa, Jacqui Purchase and Mahreen Chenia. Photo: gsport