Carol Tshabalala survived being a woman in a man’s game and she could be regarded as South Africa’s first lady of sports.
So, just how did she become the most prominent woman in the world of sports? Briefly.co.za decided to take a quick look at her life and career.
Tshabalala was born in Pimville, Soweto in South Africa, but she went on to graduate from Krugersdorp High School in 2000.
She started her career out as a voice-over actor but later transitioned into a sport presenter.
In 2011 when she left SABC Sport to join SuperSport, which she also used as a second chance to renew her career with her maiden name- Tshabalala.
Tshabalala got divorced in December 2006 after a six-year marriage to her first love. She had two sons with her now ex-husband, whom she said emotionally and physically abused her.
Tshabalala left SABC after a decade because they did not realise her full potential.
“The channel gave me an opportunity, I grew my career within it and that’s something I’ll always be grateful for. However, when the 2010 World Cup arrived, I thought there would be an opportunity for me to really shine. But I didn’t. I remember Walter Mokoena and Tshepo Mabona were given chances to anchor, which I didn’t have a problem with. It bothered me that the channel didn’t have enough confidence in me to consider me for such a momentous event. I wasn’t used to my full potential at the SABC and that’s why I left.”
She made a name for herself in an industry dominated by men, and she admitted it was not an easy task.
“When I started in sports, I looked at my male counterparts and thought, why can’t women do this? Being one of the first few female sports anchors in the world motivated me to start a trend and break the mould.”, Tsabalala said.
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