Women Boks Sevens Squad Prepare for Paris 2024 at the Potchefstroom Sports Village

Springbok Women’s Sevens coach Renfred Dazel and his team is working a group of seventeen players ahead the Paris 2024 Olympic Games at a special preparation camp in Potchefstroom, with the squad assembled since Monday. Photo: SA Rugby

Springbok Women’s Sevens coach Renfred Dazel and his team is working a group of seventeen players ahead the Paris 2024 Olympic Games at a special preparation camp in Potchefstroom, with the squad assembled since Monday.

The group includes all 13 players that travelled to Madrid for the final HSBC SVNS tournament last month, together with Zandile Masuku, Shona-Leah Weston, Marlize de Bruin, as well as Shannon-Lee Windvogel – who is the only player without HSBC SVNS experience.

The two-week camp will guarrantee high altitude training and firm surfaces, which according to Dazel, are two vital elements in their preparation.

“There are a few of reasons for deciding to host the camp at the Potchefstroom Sports Village,” said Dazel.

“We’ve held camps there in the past and I was impressed with the facilities available. The fact that we will train at altitude and on fast surfaces will be great. With the fields in Stellenbosch being wet, this allows us to train on ideal pitches.

“A change of scenary will also be helpful.” Dazel added: “We’ve been together in Stellenbosch since last year, so going to Potchefstroom will also perk up the players a bit. This is an exciting time for all of them, although sadly, only fourteen will be able to travel to France for the Games.”

The Olympic regulations state that only 12 players will be allowed to stay in the Olympic Village, with the other two players set to stay with a dedicated management member elsewhere in Paris.

“There will be one or two disappointed players who will miss out, but unfortunately that’s life,” said Dazel. “The players have a wonderful opportunity to go to the Olympics for the first time ever, and everyone is keen to make the most of it.”

The Springbok Women’s Sevens Squad for Paris 2024 Olympic Preparation Camp in Potchefstroom

Ayanda Malinga
Byrhandrè Dolf
Kemisetso Baloyi
Shannon-Lee Windvogel
Libbie Janse van Rensburg
Liske Lategan
Maria Tshiremba
Marlize de Bruin
Mathrin Simmers
Nadine Roos
Shiniqwa Lamprecht
Shona-Leah Weston
Sizo Solontsi
Veroeshka Grain
Zandile Masuku
Zintle Mpupha
Eloise Webb


Original Copy: SA Rugby Communications, with editing by gsport

Photo Caption: Springbok Women’s Sevens coach Renfred Dazel and his team is working a group of seventeen players ahead the Paris 2024 Olympic Games at a special preparation camp in Potchefstroom, with the squad assembled since Monday. Photo: SA Rugby

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