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Pillay added to Team SA ambassador list

Olympic sprinter Geraldine Pillay has been added to the list of Team South Africa ambassadors ahead of this year’s London Olympics and Paralympics.

Pillay, 34, joins the original five ambassadors who were unveiled at the 100-days-to-go function in Johannesburg in April.

A sprinter during her competitive years, Cape Town-born Pillay won a silver medal in the 100-metre event at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia and was also part of Team South Africa at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.

Pillay is the second woman to be named as a Team South Africa ambassador and joins Cynthia Tshaka, one of the first Laureus Ambassadors in South Africa as well as the founder of the Sports Hero’s walk against HIV/Aids.

The other ambassadors are Springbok rugby sevens star Cecil Africa, former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe, former Major golf champion Ernie Els and retired international cricket ace Makhaya Ntini.

“The role of our Team SA Ambassadors is to inspire and mentor the Team SA athletes competing at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, while also encouraging young and old people worldwide to become more active in sport”, said SASCOC Chief Executive Officer Mr Tubby Reddy.

“It’s great to welcome Geraldine on board as an ambassador and to have her adding some more feminine input to the sporting cause.”