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Continent’s top gymnasts in Tshwane action
- Updated: March 28, 2014
The 12th African Gymnastics Championships in Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics officially kicked off at University of Pretoria’s Indoor Sports Centre this week.
This event sees junior and senior Olympic level gymnasts compete for Individual and Team African Championships titles, as well as 2014 Youth Olympic Games spots.
The ceremonious function saw male and female gymnasts from 12 countries marching on: Angola, Algeria, Benin, Cape Verde, Congo, Egypt, Morocco, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Just over 300 gymnasts and officials will partake in this event.
The Opening Ceremony commenced with a welcome address by the City of Tshwane’s Mayoral Committee Member for Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Councillor Nozipho Makeke.
Thereafter, African Gymnastics Union (UAG) President, Mr Ali Zaater addressed the crowd, with Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Mr Gert Oosthuizen providing the key-note address, and officially opening the championships.
The night was filled with melodious African beats and sounds of the Smile Marimba Group. Entertainment saw vibrant up-beat dancing from Elegance Hip-Hop Dancers. Local gymnastics clubs such as Tuks, Golden Lions and Wild Flames thrilled the crowd with incredible acrobatic acts, with the crowd additionally in awe of SA Aerobic gymnast, Wilson Mafona’s energetic and high flexibilty Aerobic┬á act.
The Championships sees four competition days from 27-30 March. Saturday and Sunday will feature the top 8 gymnasts in the Apparatus Finals for all three disciplines.
These Championships are brought to you by the South African Gymnastics Federation, event underwriter Algrodex, and the host City of Tshwane.