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Flag bearing honour for Appel
- Updated: September 4, 2015
Grade 10 pupil Kyle Appel will carry the Team SA flag at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Commonwealth Games in Apia, Samoa. This news was confirmed on Friday by chef de mission, Clifford Cobers.
‘We felt that Kyle has not only achieved a silver medal at the World Youth Championship, he has also demonstrated through his past achievements that he is a star of the future, and a very well rounded young man, who has clearly set high goals, shown commitment and dedication to his sport,’ said Cobers in making the announcement.
‘We are confident that he will represent us as a Team with pride when he walks into the stadium carrying the national flag followed by his team mates. Opportunities like these do not come around often and I know that he will cherish this moment and remember it for a very long time,’ he added.
Appel is currently a Grade 10 pupil at Brackenfell High School outside Cape Town. The talented sprinter, like so many other youngsters, started playing rugby at school before switching to athletics.
He is a sprinter with with big dreams, and considers the 200m to be his favourite event. It’s over this distance that he won a silver medal at the 2015 Youth World Championships in Columbia, stopping the clock in 20.57sec.
Appel already has an impressive CV that includes holding all the 100 and 200m age group records at his high school and he has represented Western Province for the past four years, where is is currently the 200m record holder and 100m champion.
‘It is truly a massive honour to represent your country at an international event, but even a bigger honour to be asked to carry your country’s flag,’ Appel said. ‘I am excited and proud to be chosen out of a team filled with many top class athletes in our age groups.’
Once he has competed in these Youth Commonwealth Commonwealth Games, he will begin his preparations for the World Junior Championships in Russia in 2016.
The Games run until 11 September and Team SA will compete in six of the nine events: athletics, boxing, lawn bowls, swimming, rugby sevens and tennis.