SuperSport Park honours Women's Cricket Icon
Ahead of the start of the second KFC T20 International between South Africa and Sri Lanka, SuperSport Park unveiled the newly named Mignon du Preez Gates in honour of the Proteas Women and Northerns Senior Women’s player.
The 29-year-old, who has scored close to 5 000 runs across both One-Day and T20 International formats for her country, was recognised for her contribution to the women’s game.
A native of Pretoria, Du Preez started her career at Northerns Cricket Union (NCU) 20 years ago and has since gone on to make 208 appearances for South Africa, leading the side on 97 occasions.
A dominant middle-order batter, Du Preez's performances at the highest level earned her contracts in England’s KIA Super League and Australia’s Women's Big Bash League.
Speaking at the unveiling, a proud Du Preez said: “To be completely honest, I am lost for words. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine something would be named in my honour and to have it at a stadium like SuperSport Park, that I've seen as my 'home ground' since I fell in love with cricket as a four-year-old, is truly special.”
“I would not be the person or player I am today if it wasn’t for the Union, which provided me with the necessary opportunities to become a national player. A special thank you to Wally Nel (NCU Administrator) and Martelize van der Merwe (NCU Women’s Coach), who have invested hours into developing me into the player I am today."
In what is being described as a historic moment for the stadium, SuperSport Park Chief Executive Officer, Dr Jacques Faul added: “It’s the first time SuperSport Park has named a gate in honour of a player. It’s fitting that a gate should be named after Mignon.
"She plied her trade at the Union and captained South Africa. She was one of the first professional female cricketers, a great player, an ambassador of the game and a wonderful person. SuperSport Park is privileged to honour her.”
"I would like to thank South African Breweries for their involvement in bringing this iconic initiative to fruition. Without their support this would not have been possible."