My congratulations to Jennifer and to all who have been involved with her training and support. When you consider the facilities available in other countries for the athletes against whom she was competing, compared to what has (probably) been available to her, then her success can be seen in true perspective. (This is no criticism of those who have supported and coached her of course). It's perhaps a perfect example of what the "Olympic Spirit" originally intended, that anyone can dream to become the best at their chosen endeavour. Of course the road between dreaming and achieving requires an inordinate amount of grit, determination, bravery and hard work to build upon the natural talent. I enjoyed watching this young lady "show 'em", and especially her simply delightful smile in victory. (Of course, I would not consider arm-wrestling her for money!). I really look forward to seeing her on the podium in London in 2012.
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Khwela vaults to gold
- Updated: March 24, 2010
National women’s artistic gymnastic champion, Jennifer Khwela has claimed the gold medal in women’s vault at the International Gymnastics Federation Artistic Gymnastics World Cup A competition in Doha, Qatar.
The KwaZulu-Natal athlete’s achievement came as no surprise as she qualified top of the charts on vault with 13.700 points, just 0.003 points┬á ahead of Croatian Tijana Tkalcec.
The FIG reported that the Umbilo athlete dominated the vault qualification round where her landings were both solid and precise. She claimed the gold with 13.850 points on her first pass and 13.950 points on her second pass.
She also qualified on beam with 13.175 points in fifth place as well as floor with 12.925 points in seventh place.
Taking place at the Aspire Academy of Sports Excellence in Doha, Qatar, the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Cup A has attracted 67 world class gymnasts. Surprisingly, gymnasts from developing nations have had a great showing at the competition
Team manager, Arianne Milton is ecstatic over Jennifer’s performance. ‘We are all very proud of Jennifer’s achievement and we are looking forward to her beam and floor routine later today.’ she said.
Hi Nadine .... agree with you 100% ..but don't worry ... get a copy of the next quarterly issue of the Road To London, 2012 magazine... it will hit the streets end of June! :-) kind regards Mark Etheridge Managing Editor
Jennifer is one person who deserves this, but she wouldnt have made it this far if it wasnt for her dedicated coach (Julie Adamson). I think that Julie should get just as recognised because she made this all possible for Jennifer with her excellent caching skills. So, WELL DONE JENNIFER AND JULIE. I'm really proud of both of you.
Jennifer made gymnastics history for the first time in 2008 when she became the first black woman to win the title of S.A. Senior National Champion. Now she has done it again by becoming the first South African to win medals in a gymnastics World Cup. I hope her achievement will inspire other children to try the sport of gymnastics.
You are so right Sumayya and in my view we should seriously start backing inter-provincial competitions. That is where federations will see the talent they have and work on it. For the above to happen we will have to revisit the structures of sport in all our provinces. It is frustrating to see money in the provinces being used on never-ending workshops and T-shirts at the expense of supporting the athletes. There are many rough diamonds out there and we need to find them. I guess ha...la...las are in order for Jennifer!
We are really proud of Jennifer's achievements.We have seen her growas a young talented gymnast coming thorugh the development programme of KZN Gymnastics to winning gold. This is such an emotional experieince. There are so many more like Jennifer. We need to find them and give them the support that Jennifer has had. Well done to all who have believed in her and supported her.All the best on the road to 2012.