SA's top 3 sporting moments

2013-11-05 10:51

NZ Maori Haka v Canada

2013-11-05 09:22

Watch the New Zealand Maori preform the Haka against Canada.

Sport is not just a casual/organized competitive event in South Africa, it is a way of life. There are not a lot of countries that can say they have hosted the rugby, cricket and soccer world cups or played in all three tournaments. We have an amazing community of athletes from the swimmers to the boxers to the rally car drivers, in addition our nation embraces and commits to sport even on a non competitive level with the Cape Argus, the Comrades marathon, 2 oceans, the gun run… the list is endless.

We truly are a sporting nation. To commemorate this I have compiled my list of the top 3 South African sporting moments. Let us see if there are any favorites or consistent entries.

1) Siphiwe Tshabalala’s goal at the 2010 World cup. Not only was this the first goal in the tournament, it was an absolute beauty. The build up, the strike the pause, the goal! That moment of ecstacy will never be forgotten and still sends shivers down my spine. In that split second all history was forgotten, we were everyone’s brother and sister… we were a united nation.

2) 438 Game. Not only was this rated as the best match ever, it truly showed the spirit and dedication not to mention drive of our boys. When smith walked on, dragging his bat behind him and when Dippenaar went out cheaply surely all was lost. But the unthinkable happened. This encompasses the essence of hope and belief, I still remember the big old jock in the crowd with a tear in his eye.

3) Chad le Clos beating Michael Phelps in the 200m butterfly Olympics. A breathtaking moment to say the least. The interview with his dad Bert was just phenomenal and put the cherry on the cake. Not only did he beat arguable the best swimmer at the time he did it in the Olympics. In that single moment everyone wanted to be apart of the action and the words le Clos was on everyones lips. To have that effect on South Africa means you rank high in my eyes.


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