SASCOC has announced the names of the team that will be participating at the Africa Union Sport Council Region 5 Games, previously known as Zone VI Games, which will be taking place in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe from 5-15 December 2014.
This is the sixth version of these games.
A squad of 92 women athletes out of a total of 179 athletes from South Africa will be taking part in a total of eight sports in the Region 5 Games this year and these include: athletics, swimming, basketball, netball, judo, boxing, netball and football.
As expected, the bulk of the squad will come from athletics, football and swimming. These codes will feature 20 out of a combined 44 athletes, 18 of 36 footballers, and 17 of 31 athletes respectively.
South Africa have dominated among the Region 5 countries which include: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mauritius.
The games, which are held bi-annually on a rotational basis, were previously held in Lusaka, Zambia, in 2012 and Team South Africa did us proud by retaining the first position on the medals table, bringing home a total of 138 medals.
Prior to that, at the 2010 Region 5 Games in Swaziland, South Africa bagged a total of 110 medals, which included 53 gold, 41 silver and 16 bronze and achieved first position.
“These Games represent yet another great opportunity for our youth to excel and shine among the African Region Five countries,” said SASCOC President Gideon Sam.
“We urge our youth to embrace the main aim of the event, which is to use sports to achieve peace, integration and unity in Africa and also use sport as a vehicle for encouraging people to develop and come together irrespective of colour, economic status, political inclination, class or gender,” Sam added.
SASCOC CEO, Tubby Reddy added, “Over the years, our athletes have performed extremely well in these games, and we expect them to excel even further this year.”
“Every medal is extremely hard fought for so go to Zimbabwe and outshine the rest of the Region 5 countries, and bring honour back to South Africa.”
“SASCOC wishes you all the best in your competition, and hopes that the nation will rally behind you during the games,” concluded Reddy.
Female Athletes included to represent Team South Africa at the Region 5 Games in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: Athletics: Bianca Conradie – Discus Throw Chante Finger – 400mh Hesmari Coetzee – 400m Jeannette Bokadie – 3000msc Jodee Johannes – Long Jump Julia du Plessis – High Jump Lizerie Ferreira – 1500m Manzana Emily Thandeka – 3000msc Marilize Higgins – High Jump Marne Mentz – 1500m Nienka du Toit – Long Jump Nohlanhla Dlamini – 5000m Rese Smit – 200m Sane van Zyl – Javelin Throw Sharnice Marnce – 100m Simone Kapp – 400m Somien Schutte – Triple Jump Tamzin Thomas – 100m Taylia Visagie – Triple Jump Wanzel Breytenbach – Shotput Sabata Samuel Kumalo – Manager Melanie Dirkse – Manager Maritza Riana Coetzee – Coach Steven Swarts – Coach Paul Sebastian Gorries – Coach Athletics Visually Impaired: Doreen Mogosi – 200m Pauline Gadifele Moleko – 200m Ashlynne Magwa – 400m Mpho Mina Jasson – Manager Beryl Busisiwe Dladla – Manager Basketball: Fikile Brenda Chongwe Kedibone Makoe Keitumetse Molisane Lindiwe Pertunia Shabangu Lufuno Mutungutungu Neo Mbamba Nontsikelelo Ndamoyi Mabel Sonto Sibanyoni Sphila Michelle Mdlolo Tarryn Michelle Foot Thandiwe Queen Mkhize Tsholofelo Setswadi Mmamaudi Lestrina Mathipa – Manager Brenda Shadi Matungutungu – Coach Suzan Matahleho Maleho – Ass. Coach Football: Kebotseng Katlego Gertrude Moletsane Regirl Makhaukane Ngobeni Mapaseka Karabo Mpuru Lesego Sabata Nkoane Chamelle Tamrin Wiltshire Caryn Christal van Reyneveld Drishana Pillay Tiisetso Martha Makhubela Bongeka Smangele Gamede Thato Letsoso Amanda November Puleng Innocentia Moremi Amogelang Masego Motau Amanda Mthandi Gabriela Salgado Koketso Caroline Mahlangu Chrestinah Thembi Kgatlana Linda Maserami Sepotokele Anna Monate – Manager Sheryl Ulanda Botes – Coach Busisiwe Khumalo – Ass. Coach Judo: Courtney Megan Read – u/78kg Desiree Denise Dianne Blake – u/57kg Geronay Michaela Whitebooi – u/48kg Kayla Helen Cameron – u/70kg Kirsten Jemma Chananie – u/63kg Matlala Mpho Mofokeng – u/44kg Rethabile Sehlabaka – u/78kg Skye Sophia Knoester – u/52kg Elizabeth Susanna Maria Kearney – Manager Zann Christian Wienand – Manager Cornelius Godfrey Kleinsmith – Coach Netball: Alicia Puren Bongolethu Nomathamsanqa Ngubeni Charmaine Baard Denielle van der Merwe Ine-Mari Venter Jo Prins Khomotso Angel Mamburu Lungile Sibonile Mthembu Maryke Coetzee Phumzile Shandu Rieze Straeuli Sasha-Lee Michelle Petersen Alletta Johanna du Preez – Manager Martha Mosoahle-Samm – Coach Swimming: Ayanda Maphumulo – 100m Breast, 50m Breast & 200m Breast Carmen leRoux – 200m Free, 100m Fly, 400m Free & 200m IM Chelsea Jordan Meiring – 100m Breast, 100m Free, 50m Breast, 50m Fly, 4x50m Free Relay & 50m Free Courtney Perrett – 100m Breast, 4×100 Free Relay, 100m Free, 50 Breast, 50m Fly & 50m Free Erin Victoria Anderson – 100m Breast, 4x100m Medley Relay (Mixed), 50m Breast, 200m Breast, 200m IM & 4×100 MD Relay Jamie Hannah Reynolds – 100m Fly, 4x100m Free Relay, 4x100m MD Relay(Mixed), 100m Free, 50m Breast, 100m Back, 4x100m Free Relay (Mixed), 50m Back, 50m Fly, 4x50m Free Relay, 50m Free, 200m IM & 4×100 MD Relay Jessica Alison Whelan – 200m Free, 100m Breast, 100m Free, 50m Breast, 400m Free, 200m Breast & 200 IM Khwezi Duma – 100m Fly, 100m Back, 50m Back & 200m Back Megan van Wyk – 200m Free, 100m Breast, 100m Back, 400m Free, 50m Back, 200m Breast, 200m IM & 200m Back Mikayla Jenna Eagles – 100m Breast, 100m Free, 50m Breast, 200m Breast & 50m Free Natasha Zoe van der Walt – 200m Free, 100m Fly, 4x100m Free Relay, 100m Free, 50m Breast, 4x100m Free Relay(Mixed), 50m Fly, 4x50m Free Relay & 50m Free Rita Naude – 200m Free, 100m Fly, 4×100 Free Relay, 100m Free, 100m Back, 50m Back, 50m Fly, 4×50 Free Relay, 50m Free, 200m Back, & 4x100m MD Relay Samantha Caitlin Randle – 200m Free, 100m Back, 400m Free, 50m Back, 200m IM & 200m Back Sasha-Lee Da Rocah Nordengen – 200m Free/400m Free Tarryn Christine Els – 200m Free, 100m Fly, 100m Free, 50m Fly, 50m Free & 4×100 MD Relay Tasmin Lee Tennant – 200m Free, 100m Free, 100m Back, 400m Free, 50 Free & 200m Back Tia Dixon – 100m Fly, 100m Back, 50m Back, 50m Free & 200m Back Bianca Marais – Manager Theo Verster – Coach Sibani Makhanya – Coach Wade Marshall – Coach Tennis: Caitlin Herb – Singles/Doubles Katherine Anne Poluta – Singles/Doubles Patrick Tsunke – Manager Thabo Matlhaela – Coach
Photo 1 caption: African Union Sports Council Region 5 Games logo
(With editing by gsport)