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Gold medallists honoured with Olympic pins

For the first time in South African sports history, a number of Olympic gold medallists received Olympic pins for their efforts at a gala welcoming dinner for the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr Thomas Bach at Olympic House on Thursday, 14 November 2013.

The Olympic pins were awarded to athletes who were in attendance in recognition of exceptional performances at the 2012 London Olympics. Cameron van der Burghreceived an Olympic pin for winning gold in the mens 100-metre breaststroke. Likewise, rowers Sizwe Ndlovu, Matthew Brittain and James Thompson also received Olympic pins for winning gold medals in the men’s lightweight fours.

The evening was held in line with the theme: A celebration of how South Africa has evolved as a country showcasing the Olympic Spirit and cultural soul of ourmajestic country. The gala dinner events enthralled the audience along with some excellent performances from local trapeze groups, artistes and dancers. The entertainers displayeda range of great talents to show off our African heritage and this left the crowd thoroughly entertained.

Said SASCOC President Mr Gideon Sam: In South Africa we do not just talk, but we act and excel at various sporting games.

Mr Bach added: Nelson Mandela gave an example of how sport is used to reconcile and unite the people in South Africa. Now we can celebrate and participate in the Olympics as a country.

SASCOC is setting a good example of how National Olympic Committees (NOC) can contribute positively to sport through your hard work and commitment to promote clean sports.

The Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Mr Fikile Mbalula also added his sentiments: South Africa is forever a sporting country and we honour and recognise all the sports people. Thank you to our athletes for making our country proud, you brought us gold medals at the Olympics.

As a token of appreciation, SASCOC presented a Nelson Mandela portrait as a gift to Mr Bach who received it with much joy.

Also in attendance at the dinner were other honourable guests, including various IOC members, Deputy Minister of Sports, Mr. Gert Oosthuizen, Human Rights Activist, Mr George Bizos, SASCOC Board Members and assorted Presidents of the various National Federations (NF’s).


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