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- Updated: October 8, 2015
Just under 2800 gymnasts and officials are in action at the annual Gymnastics Games in Gauteng.
The South African Gymnastics Federation are hosting the Games which end on Saturday. The Games are the Federation’s largest national event, and national titles are awarded across six competitive gymnastics disciplines.
The Games are being staged at three venues – Wits University (Johannesburg) for Rhythmic Gymnastics, Matsport Centre (Centurion) for Acrobatic and Artistic Gymnastics, and Jonibach Centre (Pretoria) for ropeskipping, trampoline and tumbling.
The official opening and welcome ceremony was conducted at Matsport Centre on Wednesday. In attendance were Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation, the Honourable Gert Oosthuizen; City of Tshwane Mayoral Committee Member of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Councillor Nozipho Tyobeka-Makeke; SASCOC President Mr Gideon Sam as well as SAGF President Mr Jerry Masia.
Councillor Tyobeka-Makeke provided the welcome address, with Deputy Minister Oosthuizen officially opening the event. In his address, mention was made of the recent successes by South African gymnasts at the African Games in Congo, where gymnastics brought home a record of 15 medals for this code.
Also mentioned was the recent success of rhythmic gymnast, Grace Legote, who at the 2015 Rhythmic World Championships in September in Germany, won the Africa continental card for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Legote has also just returned from Japan, where she placed 13th of 40 gymnasts in an international field at the Aeon Cup earlier this month.
Legote herself will be in action at Wits University on Friday at 2pm and Saturday at 3pm, as she attempts to retain her national title. Friday’s trampoline competition sees world class gymnasts Bianca Zoonekynd and Offering Tlaka take part. The duo has been selected to compete at next month’s Trampoline World Championships in Denmark.
The SA Gym Games showcases an array of gymnastics, consisting of gymnasts of all ages across all levels, from all nine provinces of South Africa. It also doubles up as Region 5 qualifies and Africa Championship qualifies for certain gymnastics disciplines.