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Team South Africa set to depart for Region 5 U20 Games

by ZwemZa on December 3rd, 2018

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA – OCTOBER 08: Dune Coetzee of South Africa competes in Women’s 200m Butterfly heats 1 during day 2 of Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games at Aquatics Center of Olympic Park on October 8, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Amilcar Orfali/Getty Images)

The team that will be participating at the eighth edition of the Africa Union Sport Council Region 5 U20 Games, previously known as Zone VI Games, which will be taking place in Gaborone, Botswana from 7-16 December 2018.

Team South Africa comprises 220 athletes from nine sporting codes namely: athletics (incl. visually impaired), basketball, boxing, football, judo, netball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.

The bulk of the squad will come from athletics, football, netball and swimming.

South Africa have in previous years dominated these Under-20 Games between the Region 5 countries which include: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland.

The games, which are held bi-annually on a rotational basis, were last held in Angola in 2016 and Team South Africa did us proud by retaining the first position on the medals table, bringing home a total of 123 medals.

Michael Houlie won gold in the 50m breaststroke at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. Photo: Ian Walton/IOC/EPA-EFE

The strong team comprises medalists from the just ended 2018 Youth Olympic Games, Dune Coetzee who won a silver medal in the Women 200m Butterfly and Michael Houlie gold in the Men 50m Breaststroke event. Our Women’s football team are the defending champions.

Project Manager and Chef de Mission for the Team, Isaac Mdaka commented, “It’s a huge honor to lead this team of young talent to Gaborone. The Region V games have seen South Africa developing great athletes like the much-decorated 800m & 400m Olympic champions Caster Semenya and Wayde Van Niekerk.

“I have no doubt that these games will see more of our young stars putting their hands up on the big stage in the near future. 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, Mdaka concluded.”

SASCOC Acting CEO, Patience Shikwambana also wished the team well. ” I want to echo well wishes to our last youth team for the year to the Region V Games and we hope the results obtained at the Youth Olympic Games will inspire this group to obtain more medals for us.”

“This important year – 2018, we have been celebrating the centenary of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu whose values encouraged excellence in sport, we hope that our athletes display and follow the good examples as they represent our nation and fly the flag high in Botswana,” added Ms Shikwambana.

183. Aimee Louise Canny Female
184. Georgia Nel Female
185. Inge Weidemann Female
186. Jade Joy Simons Female
187. Janie Coetzer Female
188. Kerryn Herbst Female
189. Khwezi Duma Female
190. Lara Van Niekerk Female
200. Megan Tully Female
201. Nuria Andreza Ribeioro Female
202. Olivia Nel Female
203. Paige Brombacher Female
204. Talia Fos Female
205. Tori Oliver Female
206. Trinity Hearne Female
207. Christin Mundell Female
208. Dune Coetzee Female
209. Alex Ramaala Male
210. Andrew Ross Male
211. Calvin Coetzee Male
212. Ethan Du Preez Male
213. Gawie Nortjie Male
214. Hendrik Duvenhage Male
215. Jack Holden Oliver Male
216. Kobe Ndebele Male
217. Lebone Taukobong Male
218. Louw Oberholzer Male
219. Timothy Sates Male
220. Luke Erwee Male
221. Matthew Bosch Male
222. Michael Houlie Male
223. Refiloe Mashao Male
224. Riccardo Di Domenico Male
225. Ruan Breytenbach Male
226. Sabusiswa Ngcobo Male
227. Mafata Modutoane Male – Team Manager
228. Mark Hartley Edge Male – Coach
229. Chanelle Van Wyk Female – Coach
230. Ramon Eric Coutriers Male – Coach

SASCOC edited by ZwemZa

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