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Dalle Ave looks to be in medals

By Mark Etheridge

Andrea Dalle Ave is one of a handful of para-athletes representing Team South Africa at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland later this month… but he aims to leave his mark.

Unlike most of the other para-athletes who warmed up for Glasgow by competing at the recent German nationals, Dalle Ave stayed at home.

“I had to finish my law exams and get through an injury,” he told Road to Rio 2016. “My last competition was the Sao Paulo grand prix in Brazil where I ranked second in my long jump event.

“Apart from that it’s just been training with my team mates Zarck Visser and Khotso Mokoena and my coach Emmarie Fouche.”

A long jump specialist, Dalle Ave was part of Team South Africa at the 2012 Olympics in London. But in Glasgow his focus will not be on the sandpit but on the startline.

“I would have loved to be able to do the long jump but sadly it wasn’t chosen as an event at the Commonwealth so I’ll be doing the 100-metre in the T37 category. His personal best for the 100m dash is a 12.02sec effort.

“Although it’s not my main event I still enjoy it but my competition is going to be stiff in Glasgow, I’m up against Fanie [Van der Merwe] and Charl [Du Toit] so what we are hoping for is a clean sweep of South African gold, silver and bronze medals,” he laughed.

“I’m not sure what to expect from Glasgow,” says the second-year law student. “I’ve heard that Commonwealth is basically like a mini Olympics with slightly less competition, so that sounds amazing. I’m also really looking forward to being part of a team with able-bodied athletes.

“It will be my first time so something different. I┬á know quite a few of the able-bodied athletes so it will be nice to finally be in the same team and having the same goalÔǪ getting South Africa those medals.

“I’m really really looking forward to this, beyond excitedÔǪ”