Our Team

Our Executive Management Team

Gary Grant

Gary Grant

Managing Director
Gary Grant

Gary is an MBA graduate of the University of Cape Town, Gary specialises in Marketing and Communications. Before starting Accelerate Sport, Gary was SA Rugby’s Marketing Director for 8 years between 1996 and 2004. He was solely responsible for developing and designing SA Rugby’s Marketing and Communications Strategy to grow the game in traditional and non-traditional sectors, to improve the image of rugby in SA. Gary’s other key responsibilities whilst at SA Rugby included sponsorship, licensing and PR. Gary played Provincial Rugby in South Africa for Transvaal (now called the Lions) and Western Province.

Favourite Quote: “Assume everything, presume nothing”

Inspirational Sportsperson: Muhammad Ali

Interest / Hobbies: Family, the bush and fishing

Sport Interests: Rugby, Football, Golf

Based In: Cape Town

Email: gary@acceleratesport.com

Mobile: 082 990 3723

Edward Gregory

Edward Gregory

Chief Executive Officer
Edward Gregory

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Interest/Hobbies: Sport

Sports Interests: Rugby, Football, Surfing

Based In: Cape Town

Email: edward@acceleratesport.com

Mobile: 083 238 5352

Lunga Thomas

Lunga Thomas

Head of Government Affairs
Lunga Thomas

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Interest / Hobbies: Sport

Sports Interests: Football, Rugby

Based In: Johannesburg

Email: lunga@acceleratesport.com

Mobile: 076 654 3270

Hannelie Schoeman

Hannelie Schoeman

Head of Operations
Hannelie Schoeman

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Interest/Hobbies: Sport

Sports Interests: Netball

Based In: Bloemfontein

Email: hannelie@acceleratesport.com

Mobile: 071 239 1489

Daniel Quinta

Daniel Quinta

Head of Marketing
Daniel Quinta
Daniel graduated from the University of Pretoria with a BCom Honours Degree in Recreation and Sport Management in 2012. He is an avid sports enthusiast and when away from work will often be found on one sports field or another. Daniel was promoted to Head of Marketing in 2018 following a successful two years at Accelerate which involved working with clients Netball South Africa, Squash South Africa, SA Senior Tour and COSAFA.

Favourite Quote: “Take a chance, because you never know how perfect something can turn out.” – J. Cole

Inspirational Sportsperson: Zlatan Ibrahimović

Interest/Hobbies: Fashion, Technology, Music

Sport Interests: Football, Hockey, Rugby, Darts and pretty much every sport

Based In: Johannesburg

Email: daniel@acceleratesport.com

Mobile: 083 308 6682

Kudzi Nzombe

Kudzi Nzombe

Manager: African Affairs
Kudzi Nzombe

Kudzi holds a Master’s in Law degree together with a Sports Management qualification from the University of Cape Town. He recently joined the Accelerate team as an intern in the marketing and sales division. He is now part of the division heading Accelerate’s venture into the African market beyond South Africa. This division is responsible for mapping, strategizing and implementing Accelerate’s short and long term Africa strategy. Kudzi is actively involved in University of Cape Town Rugby and manages the U20 teams.

Favorite Quote: “Who said you’re meant to be happy”

Inspirational sportsman: Roger Federer

Interests/Hobbies: Social sport, Netflix and a casual braai.

Sport Interest: Rugby and Football

Based In: Cape Town

Email: kudzi@acceleratesport.com

Mobile: 073 640 2029

Tasha Mentasti

Tasha Mentasti

Head of Surfing Affairs
Tasha Mentasti
Tasha is a former professional surfer and multiple South African surfing champion who transitioned from competing at professional surfing events to commentating, logistically planning and heading up operations at most surfing events around South Africa. The first female to sit on the Board of Directors at SSA (2006-2007) as well as the first female surf coach to represent South Africa at the ISA World Junior Surfing Games (2005-2007 & 2014), Tasha has extensive knowledge and experience working behind the scenes and managing a variety of portfolio’s while employed as Liaison & Operations Manager at Surfing South Africa (SSA) from 2010 – 2012.

Tasha is an honorary member of Adaptive Surfing South Africa (disabled surfing) due to her ongoing efforts to try and grow the sport in South Africa. Tasha is the current National Coach for Team SA – Adaptive Surfing and recently placed 2nd overall at SA Surfing Champs (2018). Tasha is well respected and has an active role in the surf community due to utilising her voice as a commentator/MC at most surfing events.

Favourite Quote: “A winner is a dreamer who never gives up” – Nelson Mandela

Inspirational Sportsperson: Stephanie Gilmore (6x World Champion – Surfing)

Interest / Hobbies: Adaptive Surfing, Hiking, SUP, beach camping, traveling

Sport Interest: Surfing

Based In: Cape Town

Email: tasha@acceleratesport.com

Mobile: 083 225 4900