A Photographic Essay: My BlackSportswoman Lens By Cheryl Roberts

18 Apr

In my writings, my sports activism, my media documentation, I center black and working class women in sport, particularly South African women. Should you ask me why I focus on and make visible black women in sport when women struggle against gender discrimination in sport, I will remind you that black women suffer more and are marginalised and ignored much more than white women in sport because of the black woman’s skin colour, her gender and sexuality and her class position. I love to see women in sport triumph, but it gives me the most happiness when I see black women achieving against all the discrimination and struggle they must endure. These are some of the fabulous South African black women in sport that I have photographed (over the past 6 months). The black sportswoman’s story is in their picture that show’s their existence, survival, strength and triumph.

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Mandisa Williams: Springbok women’s rugby player

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Noni Tenge: World women’s boxing champion

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Zanele Situ: Paralympic champion and medallist

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Masabata Klaas and Ayabonga Khaka: South African international cricketers

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Veroeshka Grain: South African women’s rugby international player

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Zethu Myeki: South African international amateur golfer

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Dumisani Chauke: South African international netball coach

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Quanita Bobbs: South African international hockey player

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Thembi Kgatlana: South African football international

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Mmatshepo Modipane: South African international player

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Ilse Davids: south African international hockey player

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Caster Semenya; Olympic and world 800m champion

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Moseline Daniels: South African international cricketer

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Tamzin Thomas: South African international athlete

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Pumza Maweni: South African international netballer

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South Africa’s women’s beach volleyball international players

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