South African Team Announced for World Para Athletics Championships

The team comprises a great blend of experienced athletes who have excelled at various international para events


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South African Team Announced for World Para Athletics Championships


 

 

A squad of 26 athletes and officials will proudly represent South Africa at this year's World Para Athletics Championships in Paris, France, from 8 to 17 July.

The team comprises a great blend of experienced athletes who have excelled at various international para events. Among them, Paralympians Ndodomzi Jonathan Ntutu, Zanele Situ, Tyron Pillay, Louzanne Coetzee, Liezel Gouws, Sheryl James, Mpumelelo Mhlongo and Tokyo Paralympics gold medallist in para cycling – Pieter du Preez will stand out as key members.

These championships play a crucial role in athletes' pursuit of securing slots for the 2024 Paris Paralympic Games. Any athlete finishing in the top 4 or better will qualify for one slot.

SASCOC President, Mr. Barry Hendricks, congratulated the team, stating, "Our team has a proven track record of exceptional performances at national, regional, and international para events. We are confident that the selected team is a strong one that will make us proud at the World Para Athletics Championships. With Paris 2024 Paralympics drawing closer, excitement fills the air, and such events hold significant importance in the sports calendar as they serve as qualifiers for athletes to secure Paralympic slots."

Mr. Hendricks concluded by extending a heartfelt thank you to our partners, Bidvest, Toyota, Citibank, National Lotteries Commission, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, Mr. Price Sport and Planet Fitness, whose support is enabling this team's participation in this prestigious event. He wished the athletes the very best of luck at this important sporting event.

SASCOC CEO, Ms. Nozipho Jafta, also congratulated the team, stating, "The selected team is a strong unit with extensive global experience. Several team members have achieved medals at various competition levels, including the Paralympics.

“As the Paralympic committee, one of our main strategic pillars is to intensify our efforts on the investment of athletes with disabilities. It is gratifying to see such a strong team representing the nation and we remain committed to fostering transformation within our teams."

She further emphasised the significance of the World Para Athletics Championships in the journey towards the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. Ms. Jafta urged the athletes to perform to the best of their ability, as these championships also serve as qualifiers for all track and field events at the Paris 2024 Paralympics.

The full team is as follows:

NAME
 
SURNAME
 
GENDER
 
Demo
 
EVENT OR POSITION
 
Ntombizanele
 
Situ
 
Female
 
African
 
Javelin F54
 
Tezna
 
Abrahams
 
Female
 
Coloured
 
LJ/200m  T44
 
Sheryl
 
James
 
Female
 
White
 
100m/200m/400mT37
 
Louzanne
 
Coetzee
 
Female
 
White
 
1500m  T11
 
Liezel
 
Gouws
 
Female
 
White
 
100m/400m  T37
 
Yane
 
Vd Merwe
 
Female
 
White
 
Discus  F64
 
Juane
 
Le Roux
 
Female
 
White
 
Shot Put/Discus F 47
 
Simone
 
Kruger
 
Female
 
White
 
Discus  - F38
 
Ndodomzi
 
Ntutu
 
Male
 
African
 
100m  T12
 
Mpumelelo
 
Mhlongo
 
Male
 
African
 
100m/Long Jump  T44
 
Puseletso
 
Mabote
 
Male
 
African
 
100m/Long Jump  T62
 
Tebogo
 
Mofokeng
 
Male
 
African
 
100m/400m   T62
 
Refilwe
 
Mosifane
 
Male
 
African
 
400m  T36
 
Jaco
 
Smit
 
Male
 
Coloured
 
100m/400m  T12
 
Kerwin
 
Noemdo
 
Male
 
Coloured
 
Shot Put  - F46
 
Tyrone
 
Pillay
 
Male
 
Indian
 
Shot Put  F63
 
Brandon
 
Beack
 
Male
 
White
 
1500m/400m/100m T52
 
Pieter
 
Du Preez
 
Male
 
White
 
100m/400m T51
 
Erasmus
 
Badenhorst
 
Male
 
White
 
GUIDE
 
Clause
 
Kempen
 
Male
 
White
 
GUIDE
 
COACHES AND MANAGEMENT 
 
Lappies
 
Swanepoel
 
Female
 
White
 
Team Leader
 
Jason
 
Sewanyana
 
Male
 
African
 
Jumping Coach
 
Daniël
 
Damon
 
Male
 
African
 
Field Coach
 
Michael
 
Lourens
 
Male
 
White
 
Field Coach
 
Raymond
 
Julies
 
Male
 
Coloured
 
Track Coach
 
Ilse
 
Du Preez
 
Female
 
White
 
Assistant to P Du Preez
 
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).

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