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SA weightlifting suffers sad loss

South African weightlifting is mourning the loss of stalwart member Angelo Pieterse, writes Mark Etheridge.

Pieterse passed away after a suspected heart attack in Bloemfontein at the weekend where he was attending the national junior weightlifting championships. He was only 48.

Based in Port Elizabeth where he was a teacher at Hillside High, Pieterse was involved in weightlifting for at least 10 years, serving as vice-chairman of the Eastern Cape Weightlifting Association.

Earlier this year he was elected as Development Director and also served as a club coach and in May also completed a referee’s course.

Said SAWF chairman Kevin du Plooy: “In his capacity as executive member, he served with dignity and integrity and will be remembered as a level-headed person who tried to be fair towards athletes, as well as administrators.

“Under his chairmanship the Eastern Cape Weightlifting Association has blossomed and begun to demonstrate what can be achieved despite difficult circumstances.

“This year in particular the Eastern Cape weightlifting team won no less than eight medals at the National Junior Championship ÔÇô the highest ever in the history of weightlifting in the Eastern Cape.

“In all of his efforts he has been supported by his wife, Glynis.

“In honor of Angelo we have dedicated the 2012 SA Junior Championships in memoriam of him.”


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