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Artistic trio are in the frame for Games medals

By Mark Etheridge

This weekend it’s Klerksdorp and the next stop is Glasgow for our three female artistic gymnasts in Team SA’s Commonwealth Games squad.

One of the coaches accompanying the team to Scotland is Ilse Roets, just back from a trip to the United States with yet another batch of budding gymnasts.

And she’s in confident frame of mind as the Games get ever closer.

“The girls have been preparing well and the South African Gymnastics Federation as well as the Beckett family with the assistance of SASCOC’s OPEX programme has brought over Wesley Jones from the USA to work with the girls,” Roets told Road to Rio 2016.

Roets coaches the trio of Kirsten Beckett, Claudia Cummins and Bianca Mann. “The three girls have all consolidated their routines now and are aiming for at least two finals each,” said Roets.

In terms of the expected competition, Roets is under no illusion as to the task ahead. “Competition will be tough, especially from the three top nations of Canada, England and Australia but we are positive and are of course still hoping for a medal or two from the women’s side.

“The girls are all in good shape and are competing at the National Champs this weekend in Klerksdorp, which will be a good preparation event for them.”

National champion for the previous two years, Beckett is hell bent on defending her title, but “all three girls are also aiming to qualify for the World team, which will compete in Nanning, China in October this year.

“The Commonwealth Games starts on 28 July for the artistic girls so the last three weeks are obviously crucial. But I’m very positive about our chances to make South Africa proud.

“Of course there’s a lot of pressure on the girls, but ultimately they can only give it their absolute best and that is one thing we absolutely have committed ourselves to,” concluded Roets.

Picture: Wessel Oosthuizen/SASPA

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