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Big medal haul for SA at Junior Commonwealth Games

The inaugural Junior Commonwealth Gymnastics Championships were held in Walvis Bay, Namibia earlier this month and South Africa brought back 21 medals.
The Championships invited all juniors from Commonwealth regions, competing in the disciplines of Artistic Men, Artistic Women, Rhythmic and Trampoline. Countries competing were Cyprus, Wales, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Namibia, Cayman Islands and South Africa.
The SA team consisted of just over 40 gymnasts and officials across the disciplines.
In the Women’s Artistic Competition, South Africa’s Caitlyn Rooskrantz lead from the front, winning silver in the Women’s Artistic All-round, silver on Vault and bronze on Uneven Bars. Also, she and teammates Naveen Daries, Courtney Noel, Jade Pailman and Caitlyn Kelly secured silver in the Team Event.
The Men’s Artistic Competition saw SA take silver in the Team Category, with each male gymnast securing an apparatus final medal each. Aidan Maguire secured gold on Vault, with Du Toit Leonard getting bronze on Vault. Tyler Osborn took silver on Rings, Luke James won bronze on Floor and Riccardo Colandrea bronze on Rings.
Outstanding performances in the Trampoline Competition came from young Onke Mangele and Seth Maloy as they brought home silver and bronze respectively in the Double Mini Trampoline (DMT), as well as winning gold in the Male DMT Team Category. Luka Angileri won bronze in the Men’s Trampoline category, with the Male Trampoline Team also winning bronze. Charne Steyn won bronze in the Women’s DMT, with the Women’s DMT Team taking silver. Angeliri and Booysen combined in the Male Syncro and won silver.
In Rhythmic, Lilica Burger won two bronze medals, one for Rope and another for Hoop, in addition to fourth place in the All-round and fourth on Ball. Other results in the Rhythmic competition saw SA take silver in the Team category; Chandre Wiid placing fourth on Clubs, fifth on Hoop and sixth in the All-round; and Karlin van Tonder placing sixth on Rope, Ball and Clubs.


Meanwhile, artistic gymnast Aatiqah Abrahams won bronze in the Vault Final at the International Leverkusen Cup 2016, held in Germany.
Aatiqah placed in joint third position with Helene Schäfer from Germany, both scoring a fantastic 13.7 against fellow competitors from the Netherlands, England, Germany, Italy and Belgium.
Abrahams has steadily progressed up the ranks from a South African Junior Olympic level gymnast to that of senior Olympic level.
Also in attendance at this competition was Mammule Rankoe, who took part on the Uneven Bars.


  1. Carmen Gribble Mpelwane

    October 20, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Emma and Kate in a few years time! Janine de Klerk-Naiker

  2. Charmaine Wilson

    October 20, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Congrats to u all

  3. Chestlinn Chessy Kleinhans

    October 20, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Congrats to the team

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