Leading women in sport have spoken passionately about what freedom means to them as South Africa celebrates 26 years of freedom and democracy.
South Africa’s transition to a democratic country impacted sport significantly, and meant that athletes had the opportunity to freely compete locally and abroad.
“Freedom to me means that since 1994, South African women in sport have been able to truly believe in their dreams,” said gsport Editor, Kass Naidoo.
“The playing fields are not equal, but we are certainly in a situation where the systems in South Africa support us in terms of growth and in terms of us rising up the ladder.”
“Not being treated differently simply because of my gender, colour of my skin or my sexual orientation.” – Springbok Women’s captain, Babalwa Latsha
Springbok Women’s captain, Babalwa Latsha echoed Naidoo’s sentiments saying,
“Freedom to me means equality, opportunity, being given the platform to express my true self.
“Not being treated differently simply because of my gender, colour of my skin or my sexual orientation.
“It means dreaming big and having the right to chase your dreams.”
Wheelchair tennis star, Kgothatso Montjane, became the first black South African woman to compete at Wimbledon, embracing her right to chase her dreams.
“Being able to compete on the world-class stage without being discriminated.” – Wheelchair tennis star, Kgothatso Montjane
“Freedom to me means being able to compete on the world-class stage without being discriminated against for my race or gender.”
Middle-and long-distance runner, Mapaseka Makhanya, believes that freedom is having the opportunity to run without any limitations.
“Being able to run on the road without the fear of men calling us names, without carrying pepper spray, without having someone to second you so that you feel free on the road.
“Freedom means being treated equally across different sporting codes and representing South Africa with pride.”
Last year, Danelle Wentzel became the first South African woman to feature in the 2019 Hyundai Archery World Cup Finals. She believes that freedom is not letting anyone influence your decisions.
“Not letting anyone’s expectations of you influence your decisions if it wasn’t in your plan.” – Compound Archer, Danelle Wentzel
“Not letting anyone’s expectations of you influence your decisions if it wasn’t in your plan.
“Being able to be who you are without any fear and follow your dreams whatever they may be.”
As a rising Sports Journalist and a born-free, gsport’s Celine Abrahams believes that freedom is having the platform to be your authentic self.
“Freedom to me means expressing your most authentic self and being who you truly are.”
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Photo 1 Caption: 27 April 2020 marks 26 years of freedom and democracy in South Africa. To celebrate Freedom Day, women in sport share what freedom means to them. Photo: Pixabay