Celebrating South Africa’s Sportswomen By Cheryl Roberts

29 Nov

South AfrSouth African Sports Woman . Published by Cheryl Roberts. Published in May 2017. Published in Cape Town in South Africa - Copyica has fabulous, amazing women in sport most often represent the country and their personal selves with feisty attitude, fierce determination and passion to try their best.

However, SA’s sportswomen and women in sport still participate in sport within a male-controlled, male-privileged, male-dominated sports environment and paradigm. Gender imbalances and inequalities exist aplenty and still thrive within the South African sports network.

But SA’s sportswomen still manage to perform fabulously and achieve awesome feats.

As an independent publisher in South Africa, I love honouring, celebrating and acknowledging South Africa’s women in sport and sportswomen. These are my 2017 Spostwomen awards, as honoured and presented by my publication ‘South African SportsWoman’……..


2017 (South African) Women In Sport Awards


Presented By ‘South African SportsWoman’ Publication


Coach of the Year


Jenny van Dyk (Netball)

Thinasonke Mbuli (women’s football)

Karin le Roux (para athletics)


SportsWoman of the Year


Caster Semenya (athletics)

Noni Tenga (boxing)

Kirsty McCann (rowing)

Phumza Maweni (netball)

Dane van Niekerk (cricket)


Significant/Pivotal Contribution To SA Sport


Muditambi Ravele (founding member of South African Women And Sport Foundation)


Kass Naidoo (founding member and host of gsport4girls Awards)



Cynthia Tshaka (pioneering woman sport broadcaster)


Ilhaam Groenewald (volleyball and student sport official


Thelma Achilles (softball and school sport volunteer administrator)


Nadeema Levy (touch rugby volunteer development administrator)



Future Coaches Emerging


Dumisani Chauke (netball)

Zanele Mdodana (netball)


Disabled Sportswoman of the Year

Zanele Situ

Ilse Hayes


My Photographic Moment of the Year

Capturing the Western Province women’s rugby captain, Babalwa in tears after winning the SA women’s rugby interprovincial championship


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