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SA’s Youth Olympics squad

SASCOC president Mr Gideon Sam on Wednesday confirmed a South African squad of 63 athletes to compete at the inaugural Singapore 2010 Youth Olympics.

The squad will be accompanied by 28 officials, with Mr Dave Carr the Chef de Mission and Mr Leon Fleiser as the Project Manager.

The Youth Olympics, a cultural event as much as it will be one of sporting excellence, will be held between August 14 and 26th.

South Africa’s squad representation will compete in 14 of the 26 sports and culture and education programmes.

Sam, in naming the squad, spoke of the core Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect and said those fortunate enough to be selected would also be richer for the experience and wealthier for friendships made within the squad and among athletes from other nations.

Over 500 fulltime Singaporean staff have worked for the past two and a half years with 1000 government assigned staff and 20 000 volunteers to an event that will host 3 600 athletes between 14 and 18 years of age and 1400 officials from 205 National Olympic Committees.

Organisers are expecting 1200 media representatives and anticipate 400 000 spectators will attend the two week youth carnival.

‘The numbers speak for themselves,’ said Sam. ‘This is a massive opportunity and should be the starting point for those with greater ambitions of competing at future senior Olympic Games.’

The squad leaves South Africa on August 9.

For more information on the Youth Games, go to

The full squad is:

Athletics: Maryke Brits (long jump), Valentina Da Rocha (triple jump), Kayla Gilbert (100-metre hurdles), Thato Makhafola (1000m), Simone Meyer (discus), Izelle Neuhoff (400m), Schalk Burger (400m hurdles), Migael Celliers (pole vault), Willem du Plessis (discus), Ruan Greyling (400m), Dylan Jacobs (javelin), Stiaan Minnie (hammer), Siphelo Ngqabaza (200m), Rudolf Pienaar (long jump), Frans Schutte (shot put). Officials – Elinda Vorster, Andre Sinclair

Aquatics: Oneida Cooper (100m backstroke/200m Individual Medley), Natasha de Vos (200m backstroke/400m freestyle), Kyla Ferreira (100m freestyle/200m freestyle), Taryn Anne Mackenzie (200m breaststroke/50m breaststroke), Dylan Bosch (200m IM), Pierre Keune (100m freestyle), Chad le Clos (100m butterfly/200m butterfly/200m IM/200m freestle/400m freestyle), Murray McDougall (100m backstroke/50m butterfly). Officials — Graham Hill, Melanie Wagner.

Basketball: Nkosinathi Festile, Duke Lazarus, Tshegofatso Modise, Justin Paton. Official — Zithulele Nxumalo

Canoeing: Kerry Segal, Luke Stowman. Official — Michael Jack Chiazzari

Cycling: Jayde Julius (road), Lunga Mkhize (BMX), Teagan O’Keeffe (BMX), Luke Roberts (MTB). Official: Elton Davids

Equestrian: Samantha McIntosh. Official: Chad Cunningham

Fencing: Wanda Matshaya. Official: Randall Daniels

Gymnastics: Claudia Cummins (artistic), Reinhard Huisamen (trampoline), Lolanthea Louw (trampoline), Ryan Patterson (artistic), Aimee van Rooyen (rhythmic). Officials: Ilse Laing (artistic), Chris van der Walt (trampoline), Maureen van Rooyen (rhythmic)

Hockey: Keisha Arnolds, Stephanie Baxter, Quanita Bobbs, Jenna-Leigh Du Preez, Kirsty Gibbings, Sarah Ive, Tiffany Jones, Jacinta Jubb, Bronwyn Kretzmann, Phumelela Mbande, Zimisele Shange, Hlubikazi Sipamla, Charne van Biljon, Toni-Leigh Van Niekerk, Marlene Wessels, Sinethema Zungu. Officials: Robert Pullen, Belinda Scott

Rowing: Juliet Donaldson, Akane Makume. Official: Browyn Jackson

Triathlon: Wian Sullwald. Official: Richard Woolrich

Weightlifting: John Ramela: Official: Aveenash Pandoo

Wrestling: Leonard Gregory, Andries Schutte. Official: Christo Lottering

Medical: Kevin Subban (Chief Medical Officer), Merike Saayman (Chief Practioner), Rannoa Ntseke (physio), Shantal Edwards (physio), Marlene Naicker (physio)

General team management: Dave Carr (chef de mission), Leon Fleiser (project manager), Chantelle Jardim (athlete services), Vicky Hlatshwayo (logistics), Clifford Cobers (logistics), Devon van der Merwe (young ambassador)


  1. Joe Ruiters

    June 2, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    For the record just to let you know that given the performances of the other regions and the performance at our Southern Region and your non-selection of any High Jumpers have robbed a potential child of South Africa to perform for our continent. I am disgusted in the bigger picture our sport administrators have for the sport.

  2. Gene Erasmus

    June 2, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I would like to know how only one meeting can be used for selection further I believe the team was not selected as per criteria the 200m boys the 2 sa athletes had the 2 fastest times from all 5 regions why was only 1 selected if 2 athletes had to be selected according to the allocations why are children disadvantaged where is fairness.

  3. Elsie Pritchard

    June 2, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    What an opportunity four our youth! Go Team RSA! I am especially proud of Claudia Cummins and coach Ilse Laing. This is a dream come true! Thank you SASCOC!

  4. Helen van der Walt

    June 3, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Sincere appreciation to SASCOC for making the aspirations of so many young athletes possibilities. To the RSA team – a wise man once said, success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have. Go for it! To
    coach Tiaan and trampoline gymnasts Lanthe and Reinhard, all the hard work, aches and pains are worth it. Honour to the living God and Jesus

  5. James

    June 3, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I see that you have left out the Athletics Management.

    Maybe it is for a reason. They are both inexperienced people, both white people. What a precedent you are setting here. Not that I have a problem though.

    Im just confused, because you normally reject teams if they are not representable.

  6. Ronel Louw

    June 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    I do realise that dissappointment and elation walk hand in hand after the announcement of the team. All I know is, that this is BIG! For those whose dreams and hard work have been realised: This small window of opportunity only comes once in a lifetime. Go all out and make the most of this gigantic opportunity and above all, stay focussed and humble!
    For each one who made the team, there were a few who did not. My prayers go with you all.

  7. Track Enthusiast

    June 3, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    I must agree with James. I know for a fact that SASCOC has in the past rejected teams from a body that was not representative.

    No disrespect to Elinda Vorster and Andre Sinclair but there seems to be a sudden shift in the focus in as far the needs of the athletes are concerned. For one the team selected to go to the Southern region Youth Championships in Botswana excluded athletes in some technical events despite the fact that they could’ve been the best in the continent – like the high jumps for eg.

    But I hope that SASCOC administrator Ray Mali realises that he has now created a new monster. When will the coaches have their symposium so they can contribute to the planning. They are the best people to guide the planning process as they know when the athletes will be ready and how to prepare for the major championships. Or is the ASA interim board afraid that the coaches may expose the fact that they have ignored the most important aspects of the overall planning. Rather sooner than later – because I know that the coaches are not happy…

    All the best to SA’s youth and to the Team management – hopefully you will continue in the system and not be dropped when the new ASA Board takes over…Politics rules sport big time – we can’t escape that

  8. Abel

    June 3, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    James,you must quickly get a positive attitude otherwise you are going to stay “behind” – what has white to do with athletic management? Look at medical and general team management…….surely one can be satisfied with that! Come out of your confused state please……….you confuse other positive sport parents and administrators.

  9. Deja-vu

    June 4, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Congratulations to all selected, however it concerns me that especially in athletics, 5 different venues around the continent, and all having different conditions, from wet to dry, windy and still, altitude etc, and see some athletes not concidered, yet are the top athletes. I know Africa was drawn the short straw when it came to sprints, but still a continetal championships should have been held, then everyone would have been in the same situation. On the positive side, this will be an experience of a lifetime for many of these kids, and hopefully the real start of your sporting future.

  10. tjack

    June 9, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Yesterday the sun rose, this morning the same, tomorrow it will grace us again.. You’ll be the one complaining that it hasn’t risen fast enough, and yesterday it had came too fast.. Let it shine.. Get with it people. Good luck to our team, you deserve to be there. You go make South Africa and Africa proud, as you already have.

  11. Jeanne Do O Faustino

    June 11, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I would like information on gymnastics for my children, we are based in the East Rand.

  12. Mark Etheridge

    June 14, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Hi Jeanne. I suggest you send an email to Phillip at SA Gymnastics Federation. He’ll be able to help u — [email protected]. Hope you come right! Mark Etheridge

  13. Leon

    June 30, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Hope we see the games on TV in SA. I read somewhere that the broadcasting rights are FREE!

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