It was on the soccer field at the young age of 6 where Janine Van Wyk was introduced to her passion and a peep into her future. She began playing for the club Springs Home Sweepers where her career was nurtured.
She eventually went on to play for Mamelodi Sundowns and shortly after that she moved to Palace Super Falcons where her team won 3 consecutive league titles. Her defensive talent, experience and genuine love for the game allowed her to go on and captain the South African Women’s Team.
She has grown in skill and understanding of the game, which lead to her being the most capped South African soccer player. With an admirable 125 caps and subsequent to her success in her leadership role in the game she also founded her own club, ‘Janine Van Wyks Football Club’.
The club aims not only to promote women’s football, but to develop and improve the calabre of female South African footballers with the end goal of creating more professional South African female football players.
She currently plays for Houston Dash and continues to captain the South African International Soccer team. The South African defender is seen as an inspiration to young women through her passion and willingness to help athletes achieve success in the game.
PINKSTIG celebrates Janine Van Wyk for her contribution to women’s professional soccer and who continues to support and inspire young South Africa sportswomen.
written by Taleah Edwards, Wits student Industrial Engineering, intern writer at UniMedia Pro
Photos taken by Duif du Toit / Gallo Images