17 March 2011 by Roy Barford

Ten South African sports personalities to follow

I have chosen 10 South African sports personalities worth following and provided links to their social network platforms for you to do so.

Herschelle Gibbs, cricketer

Refreshingly controversial for a South African cricketer, one of the most talented batsmen in the modern game always has something mischievous to share.

Ryan Sandes, trail runner

This guy pushes his body to the limits in extreme conditions, both hot and cold. At 29 he is still very young for a long-distance runner.

Stephen Simpson, racing driver

South Africa’s first A1 Grand Prix driver is now competing in the IndyCar Series in the United States.

Caster Semenya, 800m runner

At the age of 18 she was subjected to imaginable media scandal regarding her gender, but 2 years later she soldiers on and remains the world’s fastest woman over 800m by some distance.

Luke Watson, rugby player

One of the most controversial yet passionate rugby players in recent years, Watson will be returning from Bath to join up with the EP Kings later this year.

Roland Schoeman, swimmer

When you consider the Olympic champion’s training schedule, you understand why he has no issue with taking his shirt off so regularly for advertising campaigns.

Siphiwe Tshabalala, footballer

He scored the opening goal of the 2010 FIFA World Cupâ„¢ with that screamer against Mexico, and the 26-year-old still has a long career ahead of him.

Marsha Merescia, hockey

The South African hockey captain has lead from the front for the past few years.

Jordy Smith, surfer (pictured, photo courtesy Michael Dawes)

At present, only the great Kelly Slater sits above Jordy Smith in the Association of Surfing Professionals rankings.

Charlene Wittstock, swimmer

The blonde Olympic backstroke swimmer will become the Princess of Monaco in July this year.

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