Proteas Women’s vice-captain Chloe Tryon says the team aim to make the country proud at the World Cup in England.
For the first time in tournament’s history, all of South Africa’s matches will be broadcast live on SuperSport. Tryon believes this provides a perfect platform to showcase the improvement that the team has enjoyed recently.
‘We’re definitely excited about it. We want to show South Africa how good we are as a team. The team and the women’s game have grown a lot in the last few years,’ she said.
‘Now, for the first time our friends and families back home will be able to watch all of our matches on TV instead of following on the internet and that’s a massive thing for us, we’re very excited about this and we hope to make our country proud.’
She also credited Momentum’s association with the team for an upturn in the fortunes.
‘Momentum’s involvement has brought about a massive change and the contracts that the girls have gotten has also helped with performance,’ Tryon added.
Tryon believes that if the team are to continue its upward trajectory, it is important that the younger players in the squad are not overawed by the occasion of the world stage. She feels it is up to the senior players to keep the younger players’ emotions in check.
‘When I went to my first World Cup I found it very overwhelming as a youngster. We know that we’re going to have to help them deal with the pressure; there’s a lot of noise, a lot of spectators, TV cameras and lots of other outside influences that could get in the way. We need to make sure that the whole team is mentally prepared for that,’ Tryon said.
South Africa’s first match is against Pakistan on 25 June.