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By Mark Etheridge

South Africa’s team of up and coming gymnasts gave a great account of themselves in Europe at the weekend.
The four Johannesburg Gymnastics Centre junior girls were taking part at an international competition in Linz, Austria.
Said coach Ilse Roets Pelser (pictured above left with members of the squad) after 24 hours of travel back home: ‘I’m really pleased with their performance. We placed seventh out of 15 teams but were the top scoring junior team.
Caitlin Rooskrantz placed 19th, Naveen Daries 20th and Caitlyn Kelly 21st out of 80 girls. Paige McElligot, who was the youngest girl of our four, was our top scorer on floor.
‘Our goal was a middle third finish, and we ere in the top “half” so it was a great result for us. Now it’s the African Championships in Algeria, in less than three weeks.
‘Switzerland ended first, Hungary second and Poland third.
‘Caitlin, who is aiming for a medal on the bars at the next Commonwealth Games (Gold Coast 2018), placed seventh on this apparatus.


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