Thursday 24 February 2022


Marissa van der Westhuizen, Captain and flag bearer of the 2018 SA Protea Team. South Africa sent an CSGO team consisting entirely of females to take on the best in the world.

With females having considerably fewer opportunities to play in sports than males, and have less access to adequate facilities near their homes that makes it more difficult for females to engage in sports.

Added to the fact that 
many sports require a dedicated place to participate – which for many females means traveling to facilities through unsafe neighborhoods. Thus, for many, the only option may be to stay home.

Another reason, despite recent progress, is the perceived discrimination. There is a great deal of bullying, and social isolation of those who compete in sport. Thus during adolescence twice as many girls drop out of sport as what boys do.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) being fully aware that in order to fully promote esports as a sport, it is just not acceptable to ignore development among 50% of the population.

It is also just not good enough to say that esports is not gender based. There are a number of factors that females find exclude them from competition.

Nevertheless, MSSA has always actively promote female participation at all levels - especially in its National Protea Team.

MSSA has taken females as part of its Protea Team to IESF World Esports Championships in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. MSSA has always insisted on IESF having events for females, and while Colin Webster was President of IESF, he was known to be unceasing in advocating this issue.

MSSA is thus absolutely delighted that IESF is holding a female event in the Counter-Strike: GO esports title although disappointed that iit is  only a promotional event.

There is no doubt that this is a great opportunity for South Africa's female Counter-Strike: GO community. Where else can our best female athletes earn a trip to Bali for the period of 27 November 2022 to 9 December 2022?

To qualify for selection to the National Protea Team, Players, players shall:

  1. If being of the age of majority and have received Protea and/or, National Federation, and/or Provincial Colours in the previous year, shall have successfully completed an Umpires’ Course (if such course was held in the province in which such player resides after the date of being awarded such colours), and
  2. Have been awarded Protea and/or National Federation Colours in the previous year, or
  3. Have participated in at least 3 MSSA events where such player shall have won a Regional Championship in such period/genre, or have finished in the top 20% or top three places, whichever is greater, at any official Provincial Championships for such period/genre, or have finished in the top 20% or top three places, whichever is greater, at the SA School National Championships for such period/genre, and be fully-paid-up members of an affiliated Member, and be ranked in the top ten of the Ladder for such period/genre.

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