Congratulations to Ilhaam Groenewald, who has been appointed as Rugby South Africa’s first female Executive Council member.
Born in the small town of Keimoes in the Northern Cape, Mrs Groenewald list of achievements is impressive. With a degree in business administration and a masters degree in sports management, she has held the position of Director of Sport Administration at the University of the Western Cape, and currently holds the position of Chief Director of Sport at Stellenbosch University (the first woman to hold this position).
Mrs Groenewald was also the first woman to be chairperson of University Sports South Africa and is the current First Vice-President of University Sport South Africa. She has been head of delegation for SA teams at multisport events; served on committees of SASCOC; is chairperson of the Heads of Sport forum; a member of Varsity Sports, a board member and a trustee of Varsity Cup rugby.
Mrs Groenewald said: “I know SA Rugby has a very good story to tell and they are working hard to change the shape of the sport – as well as converting misplaced perceptions about it. I am excited to be joining them to offer experience and support in that process.
“I believe I have a very good understanding of sport at the grassroots level in our country and the challenges that are faced by our young athletes. I hope that type of background – as well as my experience in sports management – will offer some value to the Executive Council.”