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Spring is upon us, symbolising the beginning of a new season and the fulfilling of fresh accomplishments. With only three months to go before the year ends, it’s business as usual at Olympic House as we round up our events for the 2014 calendar.

The Youth Olympic Games have come and gone in Nanjing, China and we would like to congratulate Gezelle Magerman for winning a gold medal in the 400-metre hurdles, the only medal won by South Africa in this year’s Youth Olympic Games.

South African athletes have also performed exceptionally well in other international events. Here we would also like to congratulate the duo of James Thompson and John Smith for doing the nation proud by racing to a gold medal in the men’s lightweight double skulls category whilst Shaun Keeling and Vincent Breet scooped the bronze medal in the heavyweight pair at the World Rowing Championship in the Netherlands.

And Ernst van Dyk and Pieter du Preez won gold and silver at the UCI world para-cycling road championships while Justine Asher also won gold – well done again.

Moreover, our track and field athletes excelled to reclaim the continent’s No1 ranking at the conclusion of the African Senior Athletics Championships in ­Marrakech, Morocco, last month where they brought home a total of 19 medals.

As the nation’s macro sports body we continue to support our athletes in every possible way in order that we place first not only in the continent but internationally.

We are busy continuing with our preparations for this year’s Annual General Meeting, which will be held later this month, an important meeting that avails a platform for South Africa’s sports bodies to pave the way forward to the further improvement of sport in the country.

Happy Spring and let’s celebrate our heritage during this heritage month!


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