Team SA expects medals in Italy
A large contingent of South Africa’s intellectually impaired athletes are heading to Italy next month to take part in the World Trisome Games.
A total of 41 Team SA athletes will take part in disciplines ranging from athletics, futsal, swimming and table tennis to tennis and gymnastics.
These games – the first of their kind – are exclusively dedicated to athletes with Down’s syndrome.
SA Sports Association for the Intellectually Impaired president Lizzie Vogel said 32 countries have shown interest in taking part in the games, which will be held in Florence, Italy, from July 15 to 22.
SA hosted the first table tennis and third athletics world championships for people with Down’s syndrome in Bloemfontein last year, and Team SA came first in the athletics competition and second in the table tennis competition.
Star athletes were Melanie Barnard, Leonard Bailey and Hannes-Walt de Klerk, winning gold medals and setting world record times in their disciplines. Vogel is confident of Team SA’s medal chances. “We got position one in the last world championships and we know the athletes can do it again. We also expect a good medal tally because all our athletes are training hard. We know they will make us proud,” she said.
The team leaves for Italy on July 14. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Leonard Hannes-Walt Jansie Tebogo Charles Puleng Koos Vukosi Breyton Lebohang Manuel Jaco Melanie Maritza Juliet Rentia Sara Cornell Bailey De Klerk Els Mabitsi Mailula Makhofane Matsaung Rikhotso Mokae Mogale Rapogo Jordaan Barnard Holdt Mailula Oosthuizen Rakgalakane Reynecke WC NW NW LP LP LP LP LP NC LP GP NW NW WC LP EC MP NW 46 47 48 Pietie Sean Hylton
PROUDLY SA From left: Coach Norbet Masese, Moegamat Christians, Selaelo Rapholo and Lebohang Mogale will represent South Africa at the Trisome Games in Italy next month