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SASCOC celebrate yet another successful year

SASCOC celebrate another successful year, one of the busiest to date for SASCOC with the delivery of no less than four South African teams to multi-coded events around the globe.

 At a press conference at Olympic House on Tuesday, 18 November the country’s Olympic governing body looked back at the year in sport.

The ongoing OPEX (Operation Excellence) programme was also reviewed. Out of the 82 athletes on the programme, 58 remained but some of the athletes dropped off OPEX and these will be supported through the National Academy System. This programme identifies and supports prospective Olympic and Paralympic medallists by means of financial assistance, and through the payment of medical and training expenses.

In terms of multi-coded events, first up in May, were the 2nd African Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana. Then followed the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in late July and the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China at the end of August.

The final event of the year are the African Union Region 5 Games, scheduled to be hosted by Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in early December.

The Youth Games in Botswana saw South Africa being the winner of many medals at the Games. Moving on to Scotland, the team had extremely successful Games, substantially improving their medal tally from the previous Games in Delhi four years previously. The medal count was 33 and 40 respectively.

What was most encouraging for Team South Africa was that the Commonwealth medals came across a broader spectrum of sports – 10 in all, compared to seven codes in Delhi.

Back to the future and South Africa also sent a team to the second edition of the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. Despite the team only winning one medal – Gezelle Magerman’s gold in the 400m hurdles event – the occasion proved invaluable in terms of the country’s future Olympians being exposed to the highest level of international competition as well as competing away from home on foreign soil.

SASCOC are now putting the final touches to the last multi-coded event of the year, the African Union Region 5 Games in Bulawayo.

A team of more than 235 will travel north and take part in eight different sports codes. South Africa have traditionally topped the medals table in all editions of this competition, previously known as the Zone VI Games, and will be looking to do the same on this occasion.

These Games are traditionally a feeder event into the senior ranks and many previous team members have gone on to bring honour to South Africa at the highest levels.

Off the field of play, one of the highlights of the sporting year was the gala dinner at Olympic House earlier this year where close to 70 sports heroes and heroines were honoured for their contribution to South African sport.

In a year which saw South Africa celebrating 20 years of democracy, SASCOC honoured the men and women who all had their part to play in the sporting spectrum, both during the years of struggle against apartheid and in the rainbow nation’s return to the international sporting fold.

Those honoured, all received a special gift of a Nelson Mandela portrait as a token of appreciation for their efforts. Other important occasions for a busy SASCOC year were the visit of champion boxer Floyd Mayweather while another successful Olympic Day was staged in Ivory Park, Johannesburg. Add to that their hosting of the Chinese Taipei women’s tug-of-war team for a two-week visit and it all adds up to one busy year for the country’s Olympic governing body.

Going back to the OPEX programme, and evaluation of the OPEX squad is done after every six months. SASCOC evaluate athletes’ key performances and determine which athletes will continue to be supported.

SASCOC President Gideon Sam highlighted that the OPEX programme for the London Olympics and Paralympics was definitely part of the reason for South Africa’s successful medal haul. This is why SASCOC is sticking to the programme on the build-up for Rio 2016. (List of Opex athletes is in the annexure at the end of the media release.)

During the year 2014, SASCOC continued to work in partnership with other National Olympic Committees (NOCs) around the world, something that is always encouraged by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The country’s macro sports body is currently hosting the Uganda Olympic Committee for a two-day visit, in order to exchange and share ideas on how they run their NOCs.

An agreement was signed between the two NOCs to foster stronger relationships in terms of learning from each other.

SASCOC is also exploring partnerships with Burundi and Serbia NOCs.

SASCOC President, Gideon Sam, ‘We continue to focus on our Federations to deliver the best athletes for all our competitions. We do this through Opex, support for our coaches and also ensuring that our Federations are active in the nine political provinces.’

‘To achieve this, we need staff that is dedicated and passionate about sport. It has been a tough year but our team at SASCOC has given off their best in supporting the Federations,’ Sam added.

Says SASCOC CEO, Tubby Reddy: ‘The year of 2014 has been one filled with so much activity in terms of sports events. We are proud that as the nation’s macro sports body, we delivered our teams successfully to different multi code events and we have noted a great improvement in our team’s performances.’

‘We continue developing strategies and partner with various NOCs in order to share ideas on how to keep enhancing both our sport administration and performance in South Africa.’

‘With only a year and a few months left to Rio 2016 Olympics, we continue supporting our athletes through programmes such as OPEX, so that they fully prepare for this prestigious event and do the country proud by achieving the best on the international arena.’

‘We are still reviewing some of the omitted athletes to ascertain if they could be considered under the National Academy support programme.  This will enable them to continue preparing with the aim of qualifying for Rio 2016 at next year’s 2016 qualification events, specifically World Championships,’ Reddy concluded.



After review the OPEX Olympic stats are as follows:


Athletes Female Male Tier 1 Tier 2 Medical Support Special Assistance
29 8 21 10 13 4 2


Sport Breakdown

Sport No of Athletes
Athletics 6
Boxing 3
Canoeing 1
Cycling 2
Gymnastics 1
Judo 2
Rowing 9
Sailing 2
Swimming 2
Triathlon 1

The Paralympic stats are as follows:

Athletes Female Male Tier 1 Tier 2
29 8 21 24 5

Sport Breakdown

Sport No of Athletes
Para- athletics 15
Para – cycling 2
Para- rowing 6
Para -shooting 1
Wheelchair Tennis 2

The below tables show athletes who are currently on the programme after the September 2014 review:







Cornel Fredericks Athletics 400mH Gauteng
Khotso Mokoena Athletics Triple Jump/LJ Gauteng
Sunette Viljoen Athletics Javelin Gauteng
Wayde Van Niekerk Athletics 400m Free State
Zarck Visser Athletics Long Jump Gauteng
Anaso Jobodwana Athletics 100m/200m USA
Ayabonga Sonjica Boxing 56kg Eastern Cape
Siphiwe Lusizi Boxing 69kg Eastern Cape
Tulani Mbenge Boxing 64kg Eastern Cape
Bridgitte Hartley Canoeing K1 200m/500m Kwa Zulu Natal
Louis Meintjies Cycling Road Gauteng
Teagan O’Keefe Cycling BMX USA
Kirsten Beckett Gymnastics Women’s Artistic Gauteng
Jacques Van Zyl Judo 73kg Gauteng
Siyabulela Mabulu Judo 66kg Eastern Cape
James Thompson Rowing Men’s Lightweight Double Gauteng
John Smith Rowing Men’s Lightweight Double Gauteng
Kirsten McCann Rowing Women’s Lightweight Double Gauteng
Ursula Grobler Rowing Women’s Lightweight Double Gauteng
Lee Anne Persse Rowing Women’s Pair Gauteng
Naydene Smith Rowing Women’s Pair Gauteng
Lawrence Ndlovu Rowing Singles Scull (Medical support) Gauteng
Shaun Keeling Rowing Coxless pair Gauteng
Lawrence Brittian Rowing Coxed Pair (currently sick) Gauteng
Asenathi Jim Sailing Western Cape
Roger Hudson Sailing Western Cape
Cameron Van Der Burgh Swimming 100m Breast Gauteng
Chad Le Clos Swimming 100m/200m Fly, 200m/ 400m IM Kwa Zulu Natal
Richard Murray Triathlon   Western Cape


Anrune Liebenberg Athletics T46 200m and 400m Western Cape
Dyan Buis Athletics T38 100m, 200m, 400m and Long Jump Western Cape
Hilton Langenhoven Athletics T12 100m, 200m, 400m, Long Jump Western Cape
Ilse Hayes Athletics T13 100m; 200m and Long Jump Western Cape
Jonathan Ntutu Athletics T13 100m and 200m Western Cape
Fanie van der Merwe Athletics T37 100m & 200m Western Cape
Union Sekailwe Athletics T38 100m; 200m; 400m relay 4x 100m North West
Charl  Du Toit Athletics T37 800m and 400m Western Cape
Zanele Situ Athletics F54 Javelin, Shotput and Discus Western Cape
Andrea Dalle Ave Athletics T37 Long jump; 100m, 200m Gauteng
Arnu Fourie Athletics T44 100m and 200m and 4x 100m relay Western Cape
Reinhardt Hamman Athletics F38 Javelin; Shot put and Discus Western Cape
Tebogo Mokgalagadi Athletics T35 100m and 200m Free State
Tyrone Pillay Athletics F42 Shot Put; Discus Kwa Zulu Natal
Chenelle van Zyl Athletics F35 Shot put and Discus Gauteng
Ernst Van Dyk Cycling H4 Handcycle – Road Western Cape
Gerald Rex Cycling T1 Road Race North West
Clifford Andrews Rowing B3 1000m mixed LTA Mixed 4+ Gauteng
Dieter Rooslee Rowing   LTA Mixed 4+ Gauteng
Lucy Perold Rowing   LTA Mixed 4+ Gauteng
Shannon Murray Rowing   LTA Mixed 4+ Gauteng
Willie Morgan Rowing   LTA Mixed 4+ Gauteng
Sandra Khumalo Rowing PH AS Single Sculls Gauteng
Von Zeuner Kohne Shooting SH2 25m Pistol Gauteng
Charl Bouwer Swimming S13 50m Free, 100m Free, 100m Back, 400m Free Western Cape
Hendri Herbst Swimming S11 100m; 50m; 400m Freestyle and 100m Backstroke Western Cape
Kevin Paul Swimming S10 100m Breast, 200IM; 100m and 50m Free Eastern Cape
Kgothatso Montjane Wheelchair Tennis Para Singles Gauteng
Lucas Sithole Wheelchair Tennis Quads Singles Gauteng