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Celebrating SA Women in Sport, Twinkl Interviews 7 Female Athletes for Women’s Day 2023

Twinkl South Africa highlights women in sport in celebration of National Women’s Day on the 9th of August.

The international educational publisher, Twinkl, celebrates National Women’s Day on the 9th of August with interviews with Banyana Banyana star player Hildah Magaia, top South African cyclist Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Junior World Champion pole vaulter Miré Reinstorf, field hockey player Erin Christie (née Hunter), Springbok rugby player Eloise Webb, Olympic rower Kirsten McCann and central midfielder Thalea Smidt who has played for Banyana Banyana, African Champions Mamelodi Sundowns FC and TUKS.

“It is an exciting time for women’s sport in South Africa,” said Lisa van Blerk from Twinkl South Africa. “Ashleigh Moolman Pasio just did extremely well in the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. Banyana Banyana are competing in the Women’s World Cup after winning the Women’s African Football Cup of Nations last year, carrying the title of best female African soccer team into the World Cup with them. That is just two of many examples, South Africans have a lot to be proud of.”

In the interviews, Twinkl discussed various aspects of being a sports person with these extraordinary women, including the hurdles that young girls face when pursuing a career in sport. The goal of  highlighting women in sport this National Women’s Day is not only to make sure they get the praise they deserve for representing their country, but also to encourage young girls to pursue their dreams, and show them that it is possible.

“I think a big hurdle for young girls trying to make a career out of sport is that they think it is not possible,” said Springbok Women’s Rugby player Eloise Webb.

Thalea Smidt also encouraged the future generation of sports stars to reach for their dreams by saying: “Believe that whatever you want is possible to achieve, do not let your circumstances define where you want to end up.”

Twinkl also created a wide variety of resources about these women and the sports they excel in. From designing a new helmet for Asheilgh Moolman Pasio or a new Springbok jersey for Eloise Webb, to comprehension worksheets about pole vaulter Miré Reinstorf and hockey player Erin Christie, there are resources to inspire young and old that can be used in classrooms or at home.

Twinkl is a leading provider of online educational resources for teachers, parents, and learners worldwide. National Women’s Day is a wonderful educational opportunity to learn about strong women, past and present, inspiring a future generation of strong women.

To read all of the interviews, visit their website at www.twinkl.co.za/blog