South Africa’s top junior 200m sprinter Chanté van Tonder is one of 17 women in a squad of 31 to represent SA at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships in Barcelona, Spain. Van Tonder won the 200m at the CAA Southern Region Junior Championships in Windhoek, Namibia, in a time of 24.1 seconds recently. Photo: Supplied

A final combined team of 31 athletes have been announced to represent South Africa at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain from 10-15 July 2012. The team consist of 17 female and 14 male athletes.

The team is a good mix of experienced athletes and some newcomers to the World Championships, with seven of the athletes have experience competing at the World Championships, Liezl Hechter, Lezaan Jordaan, Thato Makhafola, Izelle Neuhoff, Janet Seeliger, Philippa van der Merwe and Stephanie Wicksell.

New SA 800m Youth record holder, Monique Stander, is one of two talented youth athletes included in the team, with Julia du Plessis in the high jump.


Women Selected for Team South Africa to the World Junior Championships in Barcelona:
Julia du Plessis (CGA) High Jump
Ane Fourie (WPA) 400mH, 4 x 400m
Kayla Gilbert (CGA) 110mH
Liezl Hechter (ACNW) 200m, 4 x 100m
Lezaan Jordaan (CGA) Shot Put
Thato Makhafola (CGA) 800m
Simone Meyer (AGN) Discus
Izelle Neuhoff (AVT) 400mH, 4 x 400m
Justine Palframan (KZN) 400m, 4 x 100m, 4 x 400m
Nabeela Parker (WPA) 100m, 4 x 100m
Janet Seeliger (AGN) 400m, 4 x 400m
Ischke Senekal (EPA) Discus
Monique Stander (CGA) 800m
Philippa van der Merwe (ANCW) 100m, 4 x 100m
Zanri van der Merwe (AGN) Long Jump, 4 x 100m
Chante van Tonder (CGA) 200m, 4 x 100m
Stephanie Wicksell (AGN) 4 x 400m