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Team SA Announced for 2019 African Games

A squad of 153 athletes and officials will fly South Africa’s flag high at this year’s 12th edition of the African Games to be held in Morocco from 16-31 August.

The team will have representation in 11 out of 26 sporting codes being contested at the games.

As per the norm at the African Games, Team SA’s biggest contingent will come from athletics with a total of 38 athletes followed by Swimming with a total of 24 athletes. Other codes that will form part of the team are: archery, badminton, canoeing, cycling, judo, table tennis, tennis, beach volleyball, and weightlifting.

Previously known as All Africa games, the African Games is an important multi-coded event and the highest pinnacle of continental games held every four years – one year before the Olympic Games.

At the former games in Congo Brazzaville, 2015, Team SA performed exceptionally and won a total of 122 medals, 41 gold, 41 silver and 40 bronze placing third on the medal table.

The team is a great blend of experienced athletes who have performed well at the highest level in different international events.

110m and 400m hurdlers Antonio Alkana and Lindsey Hanekom will spearhead a powerful men’s athletics team. Zeney Van Der Walt and Sunette Viljoen will be leading a powerful women’s athletics team. These four are ranked 1st in the continent in their respective events.

South African sprint canoer and London 2012 Bronze medallist, Bridgitte Hartley will be the most experienced leading the strong canoeing team.

Swimming boasts an experienced team with the likes of Michael Houlie, flag bearer and gold medallist at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and bronze medallist at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

In addition, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Mona Pretorius will be part of the weightlifting team.

SASCOC President, Gideon Sam commented: “African Games is a very important event in our calendar, the highest pinnacle of competition in the continent. As these Games come a year before Olympics, it is a benchmark for our athletes on their road to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“Previously we have sent a big team of almost 300 athletes, but as highlighted before, this year it will be impossible to send a team of 300 people due to financial constraints. However, though the team is lean, it is a strong team of experienced athletes and we mostly included the athletes who will use these games as a qualifier for Olympic Games.”

“Take these Games with the seriousness they deserve and give it your all as you will face much more competition in Tokyo. Congratulations to the team on your selection and we wish you well in Morocco,” concluded Mr Sam.

The Cycling team is being finalised and will be announced in due course.

 

The full team is as follows:

 

NAME SURNAME GENDER
ARCHERY
Rhyn Potgieter Male
Vivien De Klerk Male
Morgan Blewett Male
Carien Whitehead Female
COACHES AND MANAGEMENT
Johan Steyn Male
     
ATHLETICS
Emile Erasmus Male
Thandolwenkosi Dlodlo Male
Chederick Van Wyk Male
Gardeo Isaacs Male
Thapelo Phora Male
Derick Mokaleng Male
Ashley Hlongwane Male
Ranti Dikgale Male
Tshepo Tshite Male
Ruan De Vries Male
Antonio Alkana Male
Lindsey Hanekom Male
Sokwakhana Zazini Male
Mpho Links Male
Breyton Poole Male
Wayne Snyman Male
Orazio Cremona Male
Kyle Blignaut Male
Victor Hogan Male
Tebogo Mamatu Female
Tamzin Thomas Female
Justine Palframan Female
Danel Holton Female
Taylon Bield Female
Zeney Van Der Walt Female
Wenda Nel Female
Julia Du Plessis Female
Linique Beneke Female
Zinzi Chabangu Female
Patience Ntshingila Female
Ischke Senekal Female
Meike Strydom Female
Yolandi Stander Female
Margo-Chene Pretorius Female
Marga Cumming Female
Sunette Viljoen Female
Jo-Ane Van Dyk Female
COACHES AND MANAGEMENT
John Mathane Male
Paul Gorries Male
Irma Reyneke Female
DP Badenhost Male
     
BADMINTON
Ruan Snyman Male
Bongani Von Bodenstein Male
Jared Elliot Male
Sean Noone Male
Jason Mann Male
Johanita Scholtz Female
Megan De Beer Female
Leah Schoeman Female
COACHES AND MANAGEMENT
Stewart Carson Male
     
BEACH VOLLEYBALL
Grant Goldschmidt Male
Leo Williams Male
COACH AND MANAGEMENT
Gershon Rorich Male
CANOEING
Esti Van Tonder Female
Donna Hutton Female
Bridgitte Hartley Female
Nosipho Mthembu Female
Chrisjan Coetzee Male
Alex Masina Male
Louis Hattingh Male
Jarryd Gibson Male
COACHES AND MANAGEMENT
Wayne August Male
Janet Simpkins Female
     
JUDO
Unelle Snyman Female
Genoray Whitebooi Female
Jasmine Martin Female
Siyabulela Mabulu Male
Devan Stemmet Male
COACHES AND MANAGEMENT
Nicola Filipov Male
Vivienne Henry Male
     
SWIMMING
Erin Gallagher Female
Kaylene Corbett Female
Jessica Whelan Female
Sinelithemba Mbatha Female
Emma Chelius Female
Carla Tina Antonopoulos Female
Samantha Randle Female
Christin Mundell Female
Kerryn Herbst Female
Michael Houlie Male
Michael McGlynn Male
Christopher Reid Male
Ryan Coetzee Male
Douglas Erasmus Male
Alaric Basson Male
Alard Basson Male
Roberto Gomes Male
Brent Szurdoki Male
Neil Fair Male
Martin Binedell Male
Mohammad Warley Male
Bradley Tandy Male
Ayrton Sweeney Male
Eben Vorster Male
COACHES AND MANAGEMENT
Nonkululeko Mngadi Female
Graham Hill Male
Debbie McLeod Female
Mark Edge Male
     
TABLE TENNIS
Danisha Patel Female
Simeen Mookrey Female
Palesa Mtshoelibe Female
Mthabiseng Mtshoelibe Female
Kurt Lingeveldt Male
Theo Cogill Male
Byrone Abrahams Male
Cade Peters Male
COACHES AND MANAGERS
Omar Zaineddin Male
Ashlyn Wagner Male
     
TENNIS
Chanel Simmonds Female
COACHES AND MANAGERS
Asnath Sebati Female
     
WEIGHTLIFTING
Johani Taljaard Female
Mona Pretorius Female
Lyle Du Plooy Male
COACHES AND MANAGER
Stephen Cupido Male

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