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Flag-bearer Coetzee leads Team SA at Region V Games

by ZwemZa on December 6th, 2018

Duné Coetzee in action in the swimming pool. Photo: Reg Caldecott

Youth Olympic medallist Dune Coetzee will spearhead Team SA at the 2018 Africa Union Sport Council Region V Games in Gaborone, Botswana. The 16-year-old was also selected to be South Africa’s flag-bearer during the Games opening ceremony on Friday. 

Coetzee made it clear that she won’t be racing for the fastest times, but will put to practise all the lessons she took from her participation at the Youth Olympic Games and the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Contesting in nine events, Coetzee is focused on improving her performance.

‘I need to work on my start as well as my turns during races. The long and the short of it all is that I can’t afford to take things easy at the moment because if I do, it will jeopardise me from reaching the goals I had set myself for next year,’ said Coetzee.

From Saturday the swimmer will be competing in the 50m-, 100m-, 200m- and 400m freestyle events as well as the 50m-, 100m- and 200m-butterfly events, the 100m-backstroke and the 200m individual medley.

Meanwhile, the South African national flag was raised on Thursday morning to welcome Team SA to the athletics village situated at the University of Botswana.

Unfortunately on arrival the team were faced with logistical issues, where LOC was not completely ready for Team SA’s arrival in terms of accommodation.

Team SA is accommodated at the University, however some of the rooms set aside were not ready, as the students had not yet vacated their rooms.

However, the management team is doing its best to resolve the situation. SASCOC President Mr Gideon Sam has been in touch with the SA high commission in Botswana to intervene should this matter not be resolved by lunch time on Thursday.

To kick start the Games football, judo and tennis will open on Thursday.

Football
South Africa boys vs Malawi boys at the University stadium

Judo

Both boy and girl teams will compete at the Ditshupo Hall

Tennis
Dellen Kleinhans will face Mozambique’s Claudia Dos Santos
Ntokozo Zungu will face Zimbabwe’s Bevelly Matsiwe
Robbie Arends will face Angola’s Eduardo Marais
Thando Longwe-Smit will face Angola’s Winner Andre/ Zambia’s Kalaba

Team SA comprises 220 athletes from nine sporting codes namely: athletics – including visually impaired, basketball, boxing, football, judo, netball, swimming, tennis and volleyball, with the bulk of the squad coming from athletics, football, netball and swimming.

Team SA have in previous years dominated these U20 Games between the Region 5 countries which include: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland.

At the last Games held in Angola 2016, Team SA did extremely well by retaining the first position on the medal table, bringing home a total of 123 medals.

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