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Legendary SA gymnastics coach passes away

Legendary women’s artistic gymnastics coach, Nellie Cameron, passed away on Thursday after a short illness.

During her illustrious career as coach, she scooped the South African Gymnastics Federation’s (SAGF) award as Coach of the Year, 11 times, writes Wessel Oosthuizen.

Cameron, pictured with Heidie-Marie Oosthuizen, right, identified and coached scores of gymnasts and produced more Springbok gymnasts than anyone can remember.

Many of her gymnasts, such as Lynette Theron, Debbie Bingham, Lydia Venter and Heidi-Marie Oosthuizen became Springboks while still in primary school.

No one in the gymnastics fraternity can remember how many national champions she produced.

Her daughter, Michelle (Cameron) Klue was a Protea rhythmic gymnast and travelled all over the world to represent South Africa.

She had a great love of gymnastics, attended the Olympic Games in Mexico in 1968 and several other major international competitions as a coach and as spectator.

Cameron was a personal friend of former Olympic champion Nellie Kim.

Ilse Roets, South Africa’s top women’s coach and 1995 South African champion, was identified by Cameron at the age of six.

She was married to big game hunter Mike Cameron and spent the last years of her life in the sleepy Free State dorpie of Parys.

Picture: Wessel Oosthuizen/SASPA

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