Cape Town – The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has named the South African team to compete at the 11th edition of the African Games in Brazzaville, Congo from September 4-19, 2015.
The team will have representation in 15 out of 22 sporting codes being contested at the games.
The biggest code in terms of numbers will be that of athletics with a contingent of 60 representatives. Other codes represented by Team SA will include: badminton, boxing, cycling, fencing, football, gymnastics, judo, karate, swimming, table tennis, volleyball, powerlifting and wrestling.
Previously known as All Africa games, the African Games is an important multi-code event and the highest pinnacle of continental games held every four years – one year before the Olympic Games.
At the former games in Maputo, Mozambique, 2011, Team SA were crowned champions of the continent as they came top on the medal table.
Ezera Tshabangu, who is Chef de Mission for Team SA will lead the team.
“Team South Africa are expected to perform well in Brazzaville and as has been the case, are encouraged to cement their position as one of the sporting powerhouses on the continent.”
SASCOC CEO, Tubby Reddy commented, “We congratulate the athletes that have been selected to participate in these renowned games as they have met the eligible criteria set by the International Federations to participate in African Games.
“We believe in your capabilities and may you do the country proud.”
SASCOC president, Gideon Sam added: “Considering that it’s just about a year ahead of the Rio Olympics and Paralympics, our top sportsmen and women should need little reminding that this is the perfect opportunity to put their hands up and let us see just what they are made of.’
“Competition for Rio is going to be really tough so this is a great chance to stake their claim at the African Games,” concluded Sam.
The first African Games were held in 1965 in Brazzaville, Congo, thus the host will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of this event. Officially recognised by the IOC from this first edition, the concept of the African Games has since been perpetuated.
More than 15 000 athletes, delegations and journalists will attend the 2015 African Games.
The full team is as follows:
Women: Carina Horn, Justine Palframan, Tamzin Thomas, Caster Semenya, Claudia Heunis, Wenda Nel, Annerie Ebersohn, Marilize Higgins, Julia du Plessis, Geraldine King, Deone Joubert, Jo-Ane Van Dyk, Bianca Erwee, Lynique Prinsloo, Matsi Dikotla, Patience Ntshingila, Sonia Smuts, Ischke Senekal, Geraldine Duvenage, Sunette Viljoen, Gezelle Bernard,
Men: Akani Simbine, Roscoe Engel, Henricho Bruintjies, Anaso Jobodwana, Wayde van Niekerk, Berend Koekemoer, Ofentse Mogowane, Mthembi Chauque, Rynardt van Rensburg, Johan Cronje, Dumisane Hlaselo, Stephen Mokoka, Antonio Alkana, Tshepo Lefete, Ruan de Vries, LJ van Zyl, Cornel Fredericks, Wouter Le roux, Lindsay Hanekom, Mpho Links, Chris Moleya, Eben Beukes, Ruswahl Samaai, Zarck Visser, Godfrey Khotso Mokoena, Orazio Cremona, Jaco Engelbrecht, Victor Hogan, Russell Tucker, Chris Harmse, Rocco van Rooyen, Philmar van Rensburg, Tobie Holtzhausen, Fredriech Pretorius, Willem Coertzen, Lebogang Shange, Wayne Snyman
Ilse Hayes, Johanna Pretorius, Liezel Gouws, Carley Lomax
Danie Breitenbach, Hilton Langenhoven, Jonathan Ntutu, Fanie van der Merwe, Gerrit Hendricks, Tyrone Pillay, Heugene Murray, Michael Louwrens, Christiaan du Plessis,
Karin Le Roux, Raymond Julius, Marius Wessels
Elsie de Villiers, Michella Butler-Emmett, Jennifer Fry, Sandra le Grange
Jacob Maliekal, Andries Malan, Willem Viljoen, Prakash Vijayanath
Willie Joseph, Christoffer Dednam
Sibusiso Bandla, Ayabonga Sonjica, Luvuyo Sizani, Akani Phuzi, Paul Schafer
Johannes Prinsloo, Nkosinathi Hlatshwayo
Lise Olivier, Heidi Dalton, Anriette Schoeman, Zanele Tshoko
Hendrik Kruger, Reynard Butler, Thulasizwe Mxenge, Gustav Basson, Stefan de Bod, Emile Jacobs
Wimpie Gouws, David van Straaten, Brigitte Mileson
Juliana Barret, Gisele Vicatos, Aphiwe Tuku, Tamaryn Carfoot
Robert McGregor, Alexander Collings, Mogamad Faai’q Gamieldien, Keith Sefularo, Sello Maduma, Joseph Maluleke, Thulani Manzini
Dominique Mann, Kirsten Beckett, Claudia Cummins, Bianca Mann, Angela Maguire, Tylah Lotter
Wilson Mafona, Terence Ledwaba, Ryan Patterson, Tiaan Grobler, Siphamandla Ngcobo
Tseko Mogotsi, Alta Lategan, Ilse Laing, Andries Grobler
Jacques van Zyl, Siyabulela Mabulu, Zack Piontek
Pierre Rusmus Maritz
Elsabe le Roux, Meghan Booyens, Noloyiso Bonga, Nicole Luther, Maxine Willemse
Michael du Plessis, Stefano Biagioni, Silvio Cerrone-Biagioni, Marius Madgwick, Jan Booysens, Sandile Makwali, Morgan Moss, Mphikeleli Mthimunye, Troy Futter, Theogran Pillay, Andre de Oliveira, Balungile Ncofe
Skosana Humphrey, Jody Young, Zachous Banyane
Jessica Lee Ashley – Cooper, Kelly Gunnell, Vanessa Mohr, Rita Naude, Charlise Oberholzer, Karin Prinsloo, Marlies Ross, Tatjana Schoenmaker, Megan van Wyk, Rene Warnes, Michelle Weber
Alard Basson, Calvyn Justus, Alaric Basson, Chad le Clos, Martin Binedell, Daniel Marais, Myles Brown, Nico Meyer, David de Villiers, Caydon Muller, Richard Ellis, Daniel Ronaldson, Douglas Erasmus, Ayrton Sweeney, Clayton Jimmie, Brent Szurdoki, Edward Johannisen, Cameron van der Burgh
Nellie Silent, Graham Hill, Igor Omeltchenko, Sibani Makhanya
Danisha Patel, Zodwa Maphanga, Khanyisile Madlala, Caitlin Lingeveldt
VOLLEYBALL – BEACH
Palesa Masinga, Randy Williams
Grant Goldschmidt, Leo Williams
Jeanne-Marie Coetzer, Zumicke Geringer, Refilwe Molongwana
Jan Combrinck, Barco Badenhorst, Tiaan van der Merwe, Andries Schutte, Gert Coetzee, Armando Hietbrink, Martin Erasmus
Gert van der Merwe, Nico Coetzee
GENERAL TEAM MANAGEMENT
Chef de Mission – Ezera Tshabangu, Leon Fleiser, Zandi Monyadi, Isaac Mdaka, Jessica Choga, Kagisho Matolong, Reabetswe Mpete
Chief Medical Officer – Dr Jerome Mampane, Dr Kgomotso Mogapi, Dr Mapitsi Maphoto, Dr Santa-Marie Venter.
Chief Physiotherapist – Sandhya Silal, Fikile Phasha, Greshne Van Wyk, Sarah Jane Fergusen, Danielle Munezero, Ashleigh Hansen, Rannoa Ntseke, Given Baloyi, Avirlash Lukhan, Siyabonga Kunene, Sergant Motha and Hugh Everson