As August is Women’s Month we are celebrating women in sport. Today we celebrate one of our Springbok rugby ladies, Zenay Jordaan.
At only 28 years old, the Springbok Women’s flyhalf Zenay Jordaan has a rugby resume most her colleagues, both male and female, can only dream of with two Women’s Rugby World Cups and three Rugby World Cup Sevens tournaments to her name. She is determined to add the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup to this list of achievements. Jordaan started playing rugby at the age of 15. Since then she moved from the Eastern Province Women’s team to the South Africa U20 Women’s team and later to the Springbok Women’s and Springbok Women’s Sevens teams. She was among the first group of women’s players who earned contracts as professional players in 2014.
We asked some of the current Springbok Women about the challenges of being a sportswomen and other interesting things. Here are Zenay Jordaan’s answers.
Q. What are the biggest challenges that you continue to face as a professional sportswomen?
A. Injuries have always been one of the biggest challenges in my career. But I have been fortunate to overcome them, and it is great to be back in the Springbok Women’s team.
Q. What are your greatest achievements so far in your career?
A. Playing in two 15s World Cups and three Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens tournaments and Common Wealth Games have to rate among my biggest career achievements.
Q. Who do you look up to as a woman and why?
A. I look up to my mother as a woman, simply because I saw her going through some tough challenges, but she still managed to come out successfully.
Q. What would you like to achieve in the coming year as an individual player? And what would you like the team to achieve?
A. I would like to play my part in helping the team qualify for the next Women’s Rugby World Cup. My hope for the team is to see them be successful in this tournament and in the Test matches against Spain and Scotland later in the season.
Q. What is your favourite quote?
A. “Work hard in silence and let your success make the noise.”