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Team South Africa named for 2016 Rio Paralympics

SASCOC has announced a star-studded team to represent South Africa at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro from 7-18 September.
The announcement was made at the Nedbank Head Office in Johannesburg on Tuesday 19 July at a glittering occasion where the names of the honoured 45 athletes were revealed to the nation.
The squad will be spread over 10 different codes, namely: archery, athletics, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, powerlifting, rowing, swimming, shooting and wheelchair tennis.
As was the case at the previous Paralympic Games in London, where Team South Africa was represented by seven codes, the athletics code will have the strongest representation of 19 athletes, followed by swimming and cycling, both with six competitors.
The team is a blend of stars who have medalled in various international events and have done South Africa proud on the international scenes as well.
Multi-talented Ernst van Dyk will be back for an incredible seventh successive seventh Paralympic Games after first having represented South Africa at Barcelona, 1992. He has competed in three disciplines, athletics, cycling and swimming. Fellow athlete Zanele Situ will be competing in her fifth Paralympics.
Among the London medallists heading for Rio will be athletes Ilse Carstens (nee Hayes), Anrune Liebenberg, Dyan Buis, Arnu Fourie, Hilton Langenhoven, Jonathan Ntutu and Union Sekailwe, Fanie van der Merwe and Van Dyk. Teenage double-leg amputee Ntando Mahlangu is also part of the track and field squad.
Of the six swimmers, four won medals in London – Shireen Sapiro, Achmat Hassiem, Hendri Herbst and Kevin Paul. Paul, who trains under national swimming coach Graham Hill in Pinetown, KZN, has been part of the SA Olympic swim squad as he prepares for Rio. Newcomer to the swim squad is Pietermaritzburg’s Alani Ferreira who qualified four times during national championships earlier this year.
Another Paralympian veteran will be equestrian expert Philippa Johnson, who won double gold in Beijing eight years ago. This will be her fourth Paralympics.
Five codes feature just one athlete, namely archery (Shaun Anderson), canoeing (Graham Paull), equestrian (Johnson), powerlifting (Chantelle Stierman) and shooting (Von Zeuner Kohne). The first three mentioned are all Paralympic first-timers.
Stierman was part of Team South Africa at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland while Kohne shot for Team South Africa at two previous Paralympics.
The cycling code will include Van Dyk after he won silver in the road race at the London Paralympics while Dane Wilson and Roxy Burns will represent South Africa in the track events.
The rowing code doubles up it’s representation from one boat in London to two in Rio. Sandra Khumalo is back for her second Games in the ASWomen1X category and this time round there’s also a very competitive LTAMIX 4+ crew in action.
Tennis sees a team of four aces, three of them having been in London four years ago (KG Montjane, Lucas Sithole and Evans Maripa) while Leon Els will be a Paralympic debutant.
SASCOC CEO, Mr Tubby Reddy said: “Our Paralympians have always done us proud at previous games and South Africa has a track record of excellent results evidenced by obtaining a total of 29 medals in London in 2012. I have no doubt that this team will maintain this standard and even do better in Rio.”
Congratulating the team, SASCOC President, Gideon Sam added: ‘When it comes to delivery for South African sporting glory our Paralympic aces have always put their hands up. I see Rio as being no different and we will be building on an amazing legacy left by the previous generation. Since readmission to international sport our Paralympians have only once failed to bring back less than a double-figure medal tally and that was way back in 1992.
“We will once again be looking to this excellent blend of experience and youth to bring back more honour to South Africa. Go and represent your country to the very best of your ability and be the best ambassadors possible.”
Another highlight of the Paralympic team announcement was the unveiling of the revamped Chukuru, the national Olympic and Paralympic mascot who has also been getting ready for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. And let it be known, he is looking lean and mean and up for any sporting challenge.
SASCOC extended their heartfelt gratitude to the extremely patriotic Paralympic sponsors: Sasol, 361, Nedbank, South African Airways, Sports and Recreation South Africa, Telkom and the National Lotteries Commission for all their contributions in making Team SA’s participation a success.

The full Team South Africa for the 2016 London Paralympics:

AQUATICS

Women
Alani Ferreira, Emily Gray, Shireen Sapiro

Men
Achmat Hassiem, Hendri Herbst, Kevin Paul

Manager/Coach
Karin Hugo, Delon Dannhauser, Theo Verster

ARCHERY
Men: Shaun Anderson
Manager/Coach
Barbara Manning

ATHLETICS
Women
Ilse Carstens, Louzanne Coetzee, Liezel Gouws, Anrune Liebenberg, Zandile Nhlapo, Zanele Situ, Chenelle Van Zyl

Men
Dyan Buis, Charl Du Toit, Arnu Fourie, Reinhardt Hamman, Hilton Langenhoven, Ntando Mahlangu, Mpumelelo Mhlongo, Jonathan Ntutu, Tyrone Pillay, Union Sekailwe, Fanie Van Der Merwe, Ernst van Dyk, Khothatso Mokone (Guide)

Manager/Coach
Suzanne Ferreira, Karin Le Roux, Daniel Damon, Raymond Julius, Neels Matthyser

PARA-CANOEING
Men
Graham Paull
Manager/Coach
Fouche Van Tonder

PARA-CYCLING
Men
Ernst Van Dyk, Craig Ridgard, Goldy Fuchs, Justine Asher, Roxanne Burns, Dane Wilson

Manager/Coach
Pieter Jansen (Mechanic), Elrick Kulsen, JC Van der Walt

PARA-EQUESTRIAN
Women
Philippa Johnson, Mieke Wirix (Groom)

Manager/Coach
Christiaan Haazen

PARA-POWERLIFTING
Women
Chantelle Stierman
Manager/Coach
Andrew Ludik

PARA-ROWING
Women
Lucy Perold, Sandra Khumalo, Shannon Murray

Men
Dylan Trollope, Dieter Rosslee, Willie Morgan (Coxwain)

Manager/Coach
Marco Galeone

PARA-SHOOTING
Men
Von Zeuner Kohne
Manager/Coach
Alexis Volschenk

PARA-WHEELCHAIR TENNIS
Women
KG Montjane

Men
Leon Els, Lucas Sithole, Evans Maripa

Manager/Coach
Khotso Matshego, Holger Losch

MEDICAL TEAM
Doctors
Chief Medical Doctor: Dr. Phathokuhle Zondi
Doctor: Dr. Carolette Cloete

Physiotherapists
Chief Physiotherapist: Bafana Sihlali
Physiotherapists: Tarina Van der Stockt, Khuliso Netshvangani, Narayani Pillay and Tanya Green


6 comments
Team South Africa
Team South Africa

Hi there Melinda!-) as I sd earlier, I'll make pictures available as soon as I'm supplied with them! I wasn't at today's launch so it's out of my hands for now!

Melinda Van Deventer Lottering
Melinda Van Deventer Lottering

So tremendously proud of all our athletes, I wanted to put together a few pictures to show my class who would be participating at the Olympics. What a complete disappointment!! Are our country's athletes undercover or something? There are no photos available, and the photos that are, are of the SASCOC committee or I have to email for password access. What's up with that? I can get team photos for any other country in the world, but ours. Shocking!

Raymond Julius
Raymond Julius

Congratulations to all selected for the 2016 Rio Paralympics. The news of your selection has come as a great delight to all of us. All your hard work, commitment and practice has paid off. All the best and God bless.

Kevin Canning
Kevin Canning

Agreed, Expected a few more equestrian riders ;)