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Gymnasts in UK action
- Updated: November 18, 2011
Eight South African gymnasts are busy strutting their stuff at the 28th FIG World Gymnastics Championships in Trampoline, Tumbling and Double-Mini.
The championships started in Birmingham, England on Thursday and there’s a fair representation of South African participation to look forward to.
The championships are scheduled to end on Sunday and Team South Africa is made up of six men and two women.
The five boys in action are: Offering Tlaka, Strike Nkuna, Lucky Radebe, Adriaan van der Spuy, and Kasper J v Vuuren and the three girls competing are Bianca Zoonekynd, Kyla Phillips and Karen Wilson.
Focused attention at these champs will be on gymnasts competing in the Trampoline discipline, as this event will serve as the London Olympic Games Qualifiers. Our top male trampoline exponents, namely Tlaka, Nkuna and Radebe, will take part in this event, with our top female trampoline gymnast Zoonekynd also taking part in the female category.
In addition, all-rounder Zoonekynd, competing in all three disciplines for the first time, will also have an opportunity to defend her silver medal won in the Double Mini category at last year’s World Championships. Her silver medal achieved last year, was the first medal won by a South African at a Gymnastics Championship since 1982.