South Africa's top gymnasts depart for the 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games
SA's top gymnasts off to the Commonwealth Games
South Africa's top gymnasts depart for the 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games this week. Set to take place in Birmingham between 28 July and 8 August, Team South Africa will for the first time in many years, feature a full Women's Artistic team, as well as being represented in the Men's Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics competitions.
"It brings us great joy to be able to send our best gymnasts to one of the world's top competitions," says Donovan Jurgens, President of Gymnastics South Africa. "It's every athlete's dream to represent their country on the international stage and we are incredibly proud of our gymnasts, and we wish them all the best in Birmingham."
The gymnastics team includes:
Women's Artistic Gymnastics (WAG)
- Caitlin Rooskrantz
- Naveen Daries
- Mammule Rankoe
- Shante Koti
- Garcell Napier
- Coaches: Ilse Pelser and Leeland Christian
Men's Artistic Gymnastics (MAG):
- Muhammad Khaalid Mia
- Coach: Kevin Basson
Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG):
- Kayla Rondi
- Coach: Aimee Van Rooyen
"It's a major achievement to qualify for the Commonwealth Games and we're looking forward to the team's performance in Birmingham," says Ilse Pelser, Team Manager and Head Coach for WAG in Gymnastics South Africa. "It is especially encouraging to see the growth of Women's Artistic Gymnastics."
"Earlier this month the team delivered an amazing performance at the 16TH African Championships Artistic Gymnastics. Caitlin claimed top honours and for the first time in eight years a South African gymnast was crowned the WAG senior All Around Champion. Caitlin won gold in uneven bars, while Naveen secured the bronze medal. Caitlin and Naveen also went on to win the bronze medal in the beam and vault competitions respectively with Garcell Napier securing the bronze medal on floor. We look forward to a clean competition in Birmingham and building on the success of this team," adds Pelser.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games kicks off on 28 July, with the Artistic Gymnastics competition starting on 29 July. The Rhythmic Gymnastics competition will take place from 4 August.