Proteas ODI captain AB de Villiers led the tributes following Cricket South Africa’s announcement of its transformation milestone in the first-ever allocation of national contracts to Momentum Proteas women’s cricketers, on Tuesday, 8 October, 2013.
The six cricketers unveiled at the Momentum Cricket Stadium in Centurion are Proteas women’s captain, Mignon du Preez and her national team mates Trisha Chetty, Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Niekerk, Shabnim Ismail and Marcia Letsoalo, who have all proven their value within the team as match-winners.
The contracts have been made possible through Momentum’s investment in the Protea Women’s National team, and reflect CSA’s building blocks towards a sustainable development programme for female participants in South Africa.
In further good news, former caretaker coach Hilton Moreeng has been announced as the first fulltime coach for the Women National Team, and the contracting of the initial six players alongside a head coach can be viewed as a start of a process towards real integration of the female participants into South Africa’s cricket structures.
In response to the historical announcement of the first-ever allocation of women’s cricket contracts, popular mens’ ODI captain AB de Villiers led the good news on social media: “Thanks @Momentum_za for supporting our women’s Cricket team! First time that the ladies are getting contracts. Taking Cricket forward.”
Cricket commentator Natalie Germanos tweeted: “Congrats 2 the 6 ladies who have been awarded contracts! #StepForward!”
gsport Editor Kass Naidoo tweeted: “CSA awarding national contracts to selected women’s cricketers will put added pressure on federations to take women’s sport seriously. #GoGirls”
Cricket writer Antoinette Muller tweeted: “Excellent news and well done @OfficialCSA for awarding national contracts to six women. Massive leap forward for women’s cricket in SA.”
Women’s sports blogger Ntando Chonco tweeted: “Really good to see @Momentum_za Women’s Proteas being given contracts by @OfficialCSA! Fantastic step for women’s sport.”
Photo Caption: Cricket South Africa made a historical announcement on Tuesday with the unveiling of the six first-ever contracted Women’s cricketers, at the Momentum Cricket Stadium on 8 October, 2013 in Centurion. Pictured (from left) are Mignon du Preez, event MC Stacey Holland, Trisha Chetty, Shabnim Ismail and Marizanne Kapp, with Marcia Letsoalo and Dane van Niekerk not in the image. Photo: Duif du Toit/Gallo Images