As we bid farewell to 2011 and welcome another new year, we look back at some sporting highlights when our sports teams flew the flag high in various sporting codes.
International events where South African teams participated include the Cricket World Cup played in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India. Although the Proteas didn’t win the cup, they gave their all and did us proud. The national netball team, also known as Amantombazane, represented South Africa at the World Netball Championships in Singapore in July.
This was followed by the All Africa Games, which took place in Mozambique in September where South Africa collected gold and silver medals in different codes including swimming.
For the first time in the history of women’s football, the team affectionately known as Banyana Banyana qualified for the Olympics and will head to London next year where the 2012 Olympics are held. Sadly, the same cannot be said about their male counterparts, Bafana Bafana, who lost out on qualifying for the 2012 African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon by a whisker of one point.
The Springbok rugby team performed well in the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Although they lost by only two points against Australia in the semi-finals, they won all their other games and received a heroes’ welcome on their return.