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Team SA for 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina announced

by ZwemZa on August 28th, 2018

Christin Mundell in training action, by Reg Caldecott

SASCOC has announced the first names of the team members to compete at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 6-18 October.

Team South Africa will be represented in 19 different sports codes for these, the third Youth Olympic Games. Previously South Africa sent teams to Singapore in 2010 and Nanjing, China in 2014.

The different codes are: aquatics (diving and swimming), archery, athletics, canoeing, climbing, dance sport, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, hockey, modern pentathlon, rowing, rugby sevens, sailing, shooting, tennis, triathlon, weightlifting and wrestling.

Team sports traveling to South America are hockey (women) and rugby sevens (men). These names, along with athletics and modern pentathlon will be released at a later stage.

Duné Coetzee (Rekord Pretoria)

Chef de Mission for the team will be Clifford Cobers who also served in the same capacity for Team SA at the 2015 Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa.

“It’s a huge honor to lead this team of young talent to Argentina,’ said Cobers. ‘The Youth Olympics have seen South Africa developing great athletes like the much-decorated swimmer Chad le Clos.

“I have no doubt that these games will see more Olympic and Commonwealth Games stars putting their hands up on the big stage. I wish them all well and urge them to give their all on the field of play and also to act as great ambassadors for the rainbow nation.”

LUANDA, ANGOLA – DECEMBER 15: Michael Houlie during the swimming on day 6 of the 2016 Africa Union Sports Council Region 5 Games on December 16, 2016 in Luanda, Angola. (Photo by Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images)

SASCOC President, Gideon Sam wished the team well: “The Youth Olympic Games are the third multi-coded event of the year that SASCOC have delivered a team to. And once again we are confident that this team will do the nation proud by showcasing our rich sporting talent.”

“These young sportswomen and sportsmen are the future of our sport and it’s events like the YOG that help shape their future,” Sam added.

Aquatics sees 2018 Commonwealth Games swimmers Mariella Venter, Kate Beavon, Duné Coetzee and Michael Houlie part of the squad. Just one diver will make the trip, Olivia van Vollenhoven.

TEAM NAMES (first announcement)


Women: Mariella Venter, Christin Mundell, Kate Beavon, Duné Coetzee, Ethan Du Preez, Gabriel Nortje, Hendrik Duvenhage, Michael Houlie.

Diving: Olivia van Vollenhoven


Lizanne Conradie, Pierre van der Westhuyzen.


David Naude, Angela Eckhardt

Dance Sport

Jordan Smith


Hannah Garton


Kaiyuree Moodley, Cole Stevens


Lisa Conradie, Azra Devan, Ruan Lange, Rachel Nell, Sidwell Madibeng


Liam Smit, Katherine Williams


Dorothy Gouws


Adriaan de Beer


Philip Henning


Jayden Pretorius


Fernando Booysen




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