The year 2024 is set to be a remarkable year for women's sports, building on the incredible achievements of 2023. Here are some key highlights:

Paris 2024 Summer Olympics (26 July - 11 August)

This event needs little introduction as it's a pinnacle for many athletes. South Africa will be represented by the Women’s Hockey team, the Springbok Women’s Sevens team, and artistic gymnast Caitlin Rooskrantz. Other notable participants include rower Courtney Westley in Women’s Single Sculls, canoeists Esti Olivier and Helen Jansen van Vuuren, and swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker, who seeks to replicate her success from the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Paris 2024 Summer Paralympics (28 August - 8 September)

South Africa, known for its strong performance at the Paralympics, will aim to increase its medal tally, with a special focus on improving women's gold medals, following Anruné Weyers' success in Tokyo.

Women’s African Cup of Nations (Date TBC)

Banyana Banyana aims to defend their title at this year’s African Cup of Nations. The tournament is expected to start around 10 August 2024 in Morocco.

Cricket: Proteas Women Tour to Australia (27 January - 18 February)

The Proteas Women will compete in T20 and ODI series, as well as a test match against Australia. Following their victory over Bangladesh, the team is confident. The year also features the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh (September-October), with Australia as defending champions.

Running: Two Oceans Marathon (13 April) and Comrades Marathon (9 July)

These iconic South African running events include the sold-out Two Oceans Ultra Marathon and the Comrades Marathon, an up-run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg.

Cycling: Tour de France Femmes (12 - 18 August)

Gaining popularity since its inception in 2022, the race in 2024 will start in Rotterdam and cover 946 kilometres, finishing at the Alpe d’Huez resort. South African cyclist Ashley Moolman-Pasio is one to watch, having finished 6th in the 2023 event.

Overall, 2024 promises to be a thrilling year for women's sports, with a variety of events showcasing exceptional talent and determination.

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Leadership Coach in Sports - Expert Diversity and Inclusion in Sports