South Africa has had its sporting ups and downs this year, but the highs have certainly been nothing short of momentous.
Here’s a look back at some of Mzansi’s greatest sporting moments in 2019.
Team South Africa shines at 2019 Special Olympics
Team South Africa returned to from Abu Dhabi with no less than 59 medals in tow, after competing at the Special Olympics in March this year. In all, South African athletes managed to win 36 gold medals, 12 silver and 12 bronze at the 15th annual event.
SPAR Proteas reign supreme at 2019 Africa Netball Cup
What a year the South African netball team has had! The SPAR Proteas were crowned the 2019 Africa Netball Cup champions in October, winning all six games they played in the tournament, and ultimately defeating the Zambian team with a score of 72-53.
Blitzboks continue to be tough Sevens competitors
With wins at the Canada Sevens and Singapore Sevens tournaments during the 2019 season, the Blitzboks finished in the overall fourth position this year, but the team has already started showing its teeth in the 2020 season with a win in the opening Dubai Sevens tournament. We’re sure a home ground advantage at the Cape Town Sevens, which takes place from 13 to 15 December, will see the team set off on a winning spree in 2020.
Brand Binder’s roaring Moto2 victories
South Africa’s Brad Binder capped off his Moto2 career with a number of stunning wins, culminating in a victory at the Valencia GP, which saw Binder ultimately finishing second in the 2019 Moto2 championship. Next year Binder will become the first South African to compete in the MotoGP tournament, after signing a deal with Red Bull KTM Tech 3 for the 2020 season.
The Boks taste World Cup glory
Perhaps South Africa’s most inspiring sporting moment this year came from the mighty Springbok rugby team. After kicking off their World Cup campaign with a loss against the All Blacks, the Boks came back to ultimately lift the Webb Ellis Cup after thrashing the English team in the final. The score was 32-12 in the Boks’ favour.
Siya Kolisi became the first black captain to lift the World Cup for South Africa, after the dream pairing of Lukhanyo Am and Makazole Mapimi engineered the first-ever try scored by a South African in a RWC final when Mapimpi dashed over the line in the 70th minute of the game. Star winger Cheslin Kolbe scored another try with just two minutes of the game remaining – the writing was on the wall, and this team written into the history books forever.