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SA six for Shenzhen

Six South African gymnasts will be competing at this year’s 26th Summer Universiade 2011 in Shenzhen, China from 12┬á-23┬áAugust┬á2011.

The gymnasts will compete in four gymnastics disciplines, namely those of aerobics, rhythmic gymnastics, and women’s and men’s artistic gymnastics. These gymnasts have been specially chosen by USSA to participate at the games, with competing at this Universiade been the first time for all gymnasts selected.

Ray Meas and Rachel Wood, both currently studying Medicine at Stellenbosch University, will be representing Aerobic Gymnastics in the mixed pair category. Meas recently returned from the Suzuki Cup in April 2011 where he finished seventh in the finals. Together with Wood, the mixed pair are aiming to qualifying for the finals.

This will be their second international competition as seniors, with their first being at the 2010 World Championships. They are also aiming to improve on their personal best scores in China.

KwaZulu-Natal gymnasts, Lindokuhle Ngongo, a Sports Science student at ETA and Tyrone Morris, a BBA student at UNISA, will be participating in men’s artistic gymnastics. Ngongo was a finalist on vault at the 2010 World Cup competition in Croatia in November and he is hoping to achieve another finalist position at the Universiade.

Other gymnasts also taking part Stephanie Sandler from Stellenbosch University, representing rhythmic gymnastics as well as Chantel Swan from the University of Pretoria, representing women’s artistic gymnastics.

Gymnasts have been preparing well in advance for this competition, having to juggle both university studies and long hours in the gym.

With these games been the second largest international sports event in the world, behind the Summer Olympics, this is a proud moment for our selected gymnasts, who all have been part of the South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF)’s High Performance Development Programme from a very young age.


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