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Pole vault sensation Cheyne Rahme and long jump talent Luvo Manyonga are among a 23-strong national junior team for the 13th IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships in Moncton, Canada from 20-25 July.

Of the athletes announced, Rahme, Manyonga and Tazmin Britz (javelin) occupy top spot on the world junior rankings, while Wayde Jooste (100 metres), Gideon Trotter (100m), Shaun de Jager (400m), Ratlale Mokone (800m), Rocco van Rooyen (javelin), Dan Goosen (javelin) and Gert Swanepoel (decathlon) are among the top 10 in their respective disciplines.

Also included in the national team (18 boys and five girls) after posting qualifying performances during the window period track and field meetings are Justin Palframan (200 metres), Werner Pretorius (110 metres hurdles), Peter Marx (400m hurdles), Goosen and Swanepoel.

From the original 29-member national squad announced in April, only 20 athletes made it on to the final team, following assessment of qualifying performances posted during the track and field meetings held during the “window period” in June.

World 800m senior champion Caster Semenya, who is still waiting for the outcome of the much-publicised gender medical process conducted under the auspices of the sports governing body, the IAAF, could not be considered for selection.

The ASA interim body running the sport under the auspices of SASCOC since November last year, have noted with concern the shortage of black athletes and indeed female athletes who have qualified for the world junior showpiece.

The once world-acclaimed ASA development programme which produced top talent from previously disadvantaged sectors back in the 1990s and early part of the new century, has battled to keep up the pace in recent times and is in need of attention. Plans are now being developed to put SA junior athletics back in its rightful position as a leader on the world front.

ÔÇ£SA is a sports-crazy nation that prides itself on achieving success and I wish the SA junior class of 2010 the best of luck when they take on top junior talent from all corners of the globe, at the World Junior Championships in Canada in July,ÔÇØ said ASA administrator Ray Mali. ÔÇ£This campaign is the first step towards preparing athletes to keep our country’s flag flying high at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.ÔÇØ

SA junior track and field team:

Men: Wayde Jooste (CGA) 100m, Gideon Trotter (AFS) 100m, Wade van Niekerk (AFS)  200m, Sean de Klerk (AFS) 200m, Shaun de Jager (Bol) 400m, Jacques de Swardt (AGN) 400m, Ratlale Mokone (AFS) 1500m, Kobus Moolman (AGN) 110m hurdles, Werner Pretorius (AGN) 110m hurdles, Le Roux Hamman (ANWN) 400m hurdles, Pieter Marx (AFS)  400m hurdles, Cheyne Rahme (CGA) pole vault, Luvo Manyonga (Bol) long jump, Stefan Brits (Bol) long jump, Dewald van Heerden  (CGA) discus, Rocco van Rooyen (WP) javelin, Dean Goosen (VT) javelin, Gert Swanepoel (CNW) decathlon, 4 x 100m relay squad: Gideon Trotter, Waide Jooste, Wade van Niekerk, Sean de Klerk, Kobus Moolman, Werner Pretorius

Women: Justine Palframan (KZN) 200m, Anuschka Nice (AGN) 800m, Jean-Marie Senekal (Bol) 400m hurdles, Annemie Smith (SWDA) hammer, Tazmin Britz (ACNW) javelin


8 comments
Concerned Parent
Concerned Parent

We are waisting our time even comenting! What happened to those athletes that qualified and why were they dropped!!! How can athletes requalify in the window period when there where not athletes to compete with?? Oh and there are also athletes that did not requalify in the window period that was chosen, now tell me what is happening???? Alot of athletes qualified IAAF standards and not ASA standard. Look on the IAAF site and see the number of athletes from other countries where sent and ASA only sent 5 girls!!?? What happened to the relay team for the girls? The scary fact is that now some of those athletes dropped might stop all together competing! Come on ASA do something to help the Athletes (Juniors) so that this does not happen. There are many tallented athletes out there that just need the professional training etc to help them along otherwise athletics in South Africa will never feature!! So sad but true! Anyway good luck to the athletes that are going to Canada

Wadecrazycapetonian
Wadecrazycapetonian

Well done, Wayde!!! (they spelled your name wrong lol) Good luck and have all the fun you can! We are so proud of you!

Track Enthusiast
Track Enthusiast

Did anyone notice that the ASA window period results are no longer on the website???

Junior
Junior

Track Enthusiast, you've just outlined a simple effective development plan - hope that someboddy up there (ASA) read this.

Track Enthusiast
Track Enthusiast

But the fact of the matter is that the athletics culture in black communities [indian, coloured and african] is dying fast. Why do we only have Caster Semenya as a prominent junior middle distance athlete at the moment with only a handful of pretenders to the trown waiting to follow through from the Youth ranks[I think I can count them on one hand]? We must face facts and realise that we need to build athletics again and not be too focussed on that elite group because this is exactly what happened during the 90's. like a prominent marathon athlete said previously - it seems that in South South Africa you get rewarded when you get a medal at International level. You get little or no support in getting there. Hopefully things are about to change for the better "Junior". I look forward to the days when elite coaches are recruited with a sober approach to identifying talent, fast-tracking these athletes with their coaches, helping them plan for the future [at least a 2-3 year plan in place for them with support from local and national federations] and then also arranging for these athletes to make a smooth transition to senior athletics. When we had an abundance of talented athletes in the 90's we quickly shifted the focus to international athletics but we didn't concentrate on the local athletes who eventually moved to Rugby, Soccer, Cricket, Swimming and Hockey. Eish mara - I look forwrad to some positive changes!!! Let's give the team a positive send-off and hope they not only get medals but get the experience that will motivarte them to be good senior international athletes...Viva Athletics Viva!!!

Junior
Junior

T&F ARE dying in black/coulored communities, there are much more interrest in road running. How many T&F clubs or athletics clubs with a T&F segment are there in townships? Where are we gonna get coaches? Currently it's left to the schools teachers to coach and that is only from the start of the school year till inter schools,after that even teachers are not involved anymore. I would like to see stadiums filled for YP, but then that will only be possible if combined with a Youth/Junior event. Saw once a school provincial championship preceding a YP event in Oudtshoorn - there were a full stadium for the YP!

Track Enthusiast
Track Enthusiast

Not a single black female - what a disgrace! All the best to the ASA Junior team - make us all proud. What happened to the likes of Caster Semenya, Rikenette Steenkamp and Bevin Smith [2010 SA Junior 200m Champion]. Does this mean that the culture of athletics in black communities is dying a slow death????? It's a wonder that we keep asking for quality at Yellow Pages but we can't achieve this and therefore we cannot fill the stands! The coaches in this country are under-valued, how do we expect our coaches to work as volunteers and still produce the best athletes in the World as we compete with other countries that have a professional set-up [just take some time off to see the international athletes in SA during the Summer in Potch, Stellenbosch and Pretoria to see what I mean]. It's a joke! We need to catch a wake-up... My previous comment was very surpirisingly removed from this article - maybe I'm hitting the wrong nerve but I will continue to state the facts. All the best to our athletes and to those who didn't make the team I hope this will inspire you to work harder in future and raise your performance.

Junior
Junior

Hi Good luck to the Team, make us proud!!!! I feel sorry for those who qualified at the SA Juniors and not in the team now. ASA need to come up with a better selection plan, it is barely 18 days before the start of the event and difficult for parents that would love to attend to only now be able to make final arrangements. ASA standards is very tough and most athletes that qualified at the SA's did so on PB's. To PB again in an empty stadium and in some events the only competitor is a big ask. Im glad that ASA will put plans in place to develop Juniors, but what about the Juniors that were top 10 on world rankings last year. If we dont look after THEM we gonna loose them!!