Team SA for the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games Announced

A team of 41 athletes has been announced to represent South Africa at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games on the Isle of Man later this year, the fourth edition of these Games, which will run from 7-13 September.

South Africa will be represented in all seven sporting codes to be contested at the Games, while girl athletes will represent their country in aquatics, athletics, badminton and gymnastics.

All competitors in the Commonwealth Youth Games must be aged a minimum of 14 and maximum of 18 in the year of competition (that is their 18th birthday is during the calendar year in which the Games is held).

The inaugural Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2000 and a total of 733 athletes from 14 countries took part in eight sporting codes over a period of three days.

The second and third Commonwealth Youth Games were held in Bendigo, Australia and Pune, India in 2004 and 2008 respectively. The next Commonwealth Youth Games will be held in Samoa in 2015.

At the last Games in Pune, where 71 countries were represented, South Africa ended fourth on the medals table with a total of 30 medals (seven gold, 14 silver and nine bronze). Host nation India topped the table with 76 medals, Australia were second (65) and England third (41).


Girls in Team South Africa:

Aquatics: Marne Erasmus, Kelly Gunnell, Michelle Weber, Justine Macfarlane, Tiffany Combrinck, Sharne Dicks. Coach: Douglas Eager, Brenton Meth. Manager: Nellie Silent
Athletics: Izelle Neuhoff. Manager: James Mokoka. Coach: Maidi Mogashoa, Jacobus Boshoff
Badminton: Jennifer van den Berg, Elme de Villiers. Manager/Coach: Chantal Botts
Gymnastics: Kirsten Beckett. Manager/coach: Shirley Watson
Medical team: Chief medical doctor: Jo-Anne Kirby. Chief physiotherapist: Neil Viranna. Physiotherapists: Eira Hadebe, Myranda Symons, Evah Ramashala
General Team Management: Chef de Mission: Ruth Saunders. Project Manager: Jean Kelly. Logistics: Clifford Cobers, Dumisani Mtwa. Athlete Services: Joanne Myers
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