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If the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) did not come to the rescue of Golden Lions Gymnastics in Newlands, the club would have missed out taking part in the international 2013 Gym for Life Challenge in Cape Town at the weekend.

Golden Lions Gymnastics won a gold medal at the international event in which more than 1 500 gymnasts took part and was staged in the Cape Town International Convention Centre. By winning gold, Golden Lions Gymnastics qualified for the finals on Saturday night.

“There is only one overall winner and an Austrian club won the event, but I am so proud of my gymnasts. They received huge applause from the spectaors, gymnasts and coaches from all over the world,” coach Natalia Prokopchik said.

She says that the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) mentioned the club in their report and calling them “Freshness Golden Lions”.

Marilyn Glade, one of the parents said that it was a huge effort to get 21 gymnasts to Cape Town, accommodate them, feed them and pay for petrol and toll gates. The gymnasts also left Cape Town at midnight after the event and drove home in order to save money.”

Fortunately, Mr Tubby Reddy, CEO of SASCOC made the organisation’s two mini buses available and the parents hired two drivers for the trip,” she said

The gymnasts who come from Florida, Newlands, Westbury and Claremont were, for an as yet unknown reason, excluded from “Team Gauteng” whose gymnasts all received some form of financial aid and the club’s owner, Wessel Oosthuizen, has asked Central Gauteng Gymnastics Association and the SA Gymnastics Federation for clarity.

“At least five of our gymnasts will take part in next year’s World Age Group Games in France and as soon as we have paid our Cape Town debt, we shall start fundraising for the 2014 event,” Marilyn Glade said.


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Wessel Oosthuizen
Wessel Oosthuizen

Cheryl van der Walt cannot speak on behalf of the SAGF as she is employed by CGGA. CGGA chairman, Shirley Watson, told me in Cape Town that "they did development work in a township" and received assistance. I, however, asked her to put it into writing, but received an email stating that it was "just a rumour". Tyrone Hammond of Gauteng Sport & Recreation informed me that he dealt with Maureen van Rooyen of CGGA - an Exco member of the CGGA. Are CGGA and the SAGF no longer the controlling bodies for gymnastsics? So anybody can select a Team Gauteng, receive government financial assistance and take part in international events? I have escalated the matter and will add this "CGGA and SAGF" statement as well as my response to it. LIke Watergate, Muldergate and Travelgate, Gymgate wil prove that the coverup is worse than the action. Wessel Oosthuizen Golden Lions Gymnastics

Cheryl van der Walt
Cheryl van der Walt

The gymnasts who come from Florida, Newlands, Westbury and Claremont were, for an as yet unknown reason, excluded from “Team Gauteng” whose gymnasts all received some form of financial aid and the club’s owner, Wessel Oosthuizen, has asked Central Gauteng Gymnastics Association and the SA Gymnastics Federation for clarity. We would like to respond to the above statement without prejudice. Neither CGGA nor the SAGF had anything to do with the so called "Team Gauteng" selection and we advised the club owner of this fact. We advised the club to approach the government as it would appear that this was their team, how, when or what criteria was used to select this "Team Gauteng" is not known by CGGA or the SAGF