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Craig looks to lead medal charge
- Updated: July 3, 2009
Gauteng’s Craig Groenewald will be looking to lead the SA intellectually impaired swim team on a medal trail, when the Global Games take place in Liberec, Czech Republic, from July 4-14.
Groenewald, a two-time Paralympian and holder of five world records, medalled in all six of his events at last year’s Global Games, but could receive a major challenge from fellow South African Challis Wright in the freestyle disciplines.
Wright, 17, has shown significant improvement over the past months, and along with Groenewald and the Western Cape’s Sherwin Afrikaner, are expected to make their presence felt on the international stage.
Another rising star who could make the most of the trip to the Czech Republic is Free Stater Yvonne Smith who impressed the coaching staff, particularly with her form in the 50 metres freestyle at the national camp held recently.
Swimming SA CEO Shaun Adriaanse said: ÔÇ£Swimming is often relied upon to deliver medals at international multi-sport events and I am sure that the SA swim contingent will be able to rise to the occasion and do our country proud at the Global Games.ÔÇØ
The national swim line up will be coached by Durban-based Jean Nortje who will be assisted by Western Province’s Leslene Manchest, with KwaZulu Natal’s Ina Fowler (team manager) and North West’s Igna Steyn (assistant team manager) making up the technical team.
SA swimmers to compete at the Global Games:
Men: Sherwin Afrikaner (WC), Valentino Vergotine (WC), Craig Groenewald (G), Challis Wright (G), David Coates (KZN), Sipho Mjoka (KZN)
Women: Dorothy Smit (WC), Leanne Sterrenberg (WC), Cindy Mkhize (KZN), Cornelia Fowler (KZN), Jennifer Higgins (KZN), Yvonne Smith (FS), Lourette Seyffert (NW).