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NEWS: SA ready to play African Beach Games for first time ever

More than 800 athletes and approximately 1,400 participants are expected to attend this event


More than 800 athletes and approximately 1,400 participants are expected to attend this event

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A squad of 35 athletes and officials will proudly represent South Africa at the second edition of the African Beach Games, set to take place in Hammamet, Tunisia from 23-30 June.

This will mark Team South Africa’s inaugural participation in the Games. Team SA will be participating in seven sporting codes, which include Athletics (Beach Marathon 10km), Badminton (Air), Rowing (Beach Sprint), Canoeing (Ocean Racing), Swimming (Open Water), Karate (Kata), and Wrestling (Beach).

The 2023 edition of the African Beach Games will be open to all 54 member National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of ANOCA. More than 800 athletes and approximately 1,400 participants are expected to attend this event.

For several disciplines, the African Beach Games will serve as qualifiers for the World Beach Games scheduled to be held in Bali, Indonesia in early August 2023.

The team comprises a blend of athletes who have excelled in various national, continental, and international events within their respective disciplines.

Commenting on this occasion, SASCOC President Barry Hendricks stated, “We are thrilled to send our team to the African Beach Games for the first time, as it provides a significant platform for the development and experience of our continent’s youth in the promotion of beach events.”

Hendricks further added, “In addition to the competitive aspect, the African Beach Games will expose our athletes to the cultural and artistic elements of the event, fostering connections with athletes from the African region.”

The CEO of SASCOC congratulated the selected team and extended well wishes for the upcoming African Beach Games. “We take pride in participating in a continental event under the Olympic rings, promoting Olympic values across the region.”

“The opening ceremony of the African Beach Games will coincide with the commemoration of Olympic Day, and Team SA will join the rest of the world to celebrate this important day in the Olympic calendar.”

“As the second edition of the Games, we believe that the Beach Games will continue to gain popularity and provide aspiring athletes who do not compete in traditional Olympic codes with the opportunity to represent Team SA at an elite continental multi-coded event,” concluded Ms. Jafta.

The full team is as follows:

Athletics (Beach Marathon 10KM)
Tebogo Segalagala

Thobile Mkhize

Badminton (Air)
Cayleen Miller
Jabulile Gininda
Diane Olivier

Cameron Coetzer
Reneshan Naidoo
Miguel Vigario

Brenda Boshoff

Canoeing (Ocean Racing)
Nozipho Mthembu

Kwandokuhle Mzolo

Nkosiyezwe Mzolo

Karate (Kata)
Maxine Willemse
Ayesha Esop
Timia Goberdin
Sanjana Maharaj

Jesse Sim
Sibongiseni Ngwenya
Slade Taylor

Janita Lakaram
Zachous Banyane

Rowing (Beach spring)
Ziyanda Gwamanda
Alexandra Ennis

George Du Plooy
Lunga Mcetywa

William Godfrey

Swimming (Open water)
Kate Beavon
Amica De Jager

Matthew Caldwell

Pheladi Mampa
Garth Tune

Wrestling (Beach)
Bea Meiring

Machiel Grobler
James Holder

Markus Dekker

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