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Huge medal haul for SA gymnasts at African Championships

Our gymnasts have brought back 45 medals from the African Aerobic and Trampoline Championships in Namibia ÔÇô that’s more than a medal per person in the team of 23 gymnasts!

The team won 27 gold, 11 silver and seven bronze medals at the Walvis Bay event which saw seven countries taking part.

Hosts Namibia were joined by South Africa, Algeria, Angola, Congo, Egypt and Tunisia.

South Africa saw success in 13 different categories across the junior and senior rankings.

Star performer was SA senior champion Wilson Mafona who won four gold medals. First up was the senior aerobic crown and he then teamed up with SA women’s champion Dominique Mann to win the mixed pair division.

Then came victory in the trio category as the pair were joined by Terence Ledwaba (see picture) and finally Mafona’s senior aerobic team also won gold.

In the junior aerobic competition, gold went to aerobic gymnast Nikita French in the individual age group category; age group trio Anika Zandberg, Jeanette McClaren, and Nikitha French; and also the junior aerobic ream.

On trampoline, South Africa showed its dominance in the Double Mini category by taking gold in all but one of the four competitions. Benjamin Radebe and Christin Hansen took gold in the individual male and female senior categories respectively, with Candice van Rooyen taking gold in the individual junior category.

Also on trampoline, there was gold for junior female gymnast, Michaela Mentz in the individual junior trampoline category. She also participated in the Youth Olympic Games trials.

Additional gold came from Marli Droomer in the individual senior category, as well as Benjamin (Lucky) Radebe & Chezwin Timm in the synchronized senior category, (see medal ceremony in second picture).

In tumbling, both male and female juniors won gold in the individual categories, through Ntwe Motadile and Boitshoko Rachidi respectively. Additional gold medals were won by the Trampoline senior female team and the double mini trampoline senior female team.

Our trampoline, tumbling and double mini gymnasts next compete in the Indo Pacific Championships (Trampoline and Acrobatic) at Sun City from 29 June to 5 July.

Pictures: SAGF


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