The final team for the World Student Games in Taipei has officially been announced and the University Sport South Africa (USSA) federation has selected a large athletics team. The team consists of 44 athletes, 4 coaches and 3 managers. As with any team selection there is great anticipation followed by either excitement or disappointment and this year will be no different as athletes want to be part of the army of students to represent South Africa.

These are the athletes who have been selected to represent USSA in Taipei:

Women:

  1. Tamsin Thomas
  2. Justin Palframan
  3. Tanya Scott
  4. Anuscha Nice
  5. Dominique Scott
  6. Kesaoleboga Molotsane
  7. Rikenette Steenkamp
  8. Patience Ntshingila
  9. Julia du Plesis
  10. Lynique Prinsloo
  11. Samantha Pretorius
  12. Ischke Senekal
  13. Letitia Janse van Vuuren
  14. Jo-ane van Dyk
  15. Anel Oosthuizen
  16. Letitia Saayman
  17. Thembi Baloyi
  18. Maryke Brits

 

Men:

  1. Thando Roto
  2. Ncincilili Titi
  3. Pieter Conradie
  4. Rynardt van Rensburg
  5. Hendrik Jacobus
  6. Alfred Mokopane
  7. Dumisani Hlaselo
  8. Jeremy Andreas
  9. Milton Kekana
  10. Junior Makhatini
  11. Tshepo Lefete
  12. Leroux Hamman
  13. Constant Pretorius
  14. Ruswahl Samaai
  15. Ntshimane Aphane
  16. Rashual Frechou
  17. Tshepang Makhete
  18. Johann Grobler
  19. Chad Herman
  20. Fredriech Pretorius
  21. Collen Mulaudzi
  22. Ambition Masihleho
  23. Mariano Essou
  24. Jerry Motsau
  25. Derrick Mokaleng
  26. Cheswill Johnson

Management and Coaches:

  1. Jazz Mnyengeza (Senior Team Manager)
  2. Hadley Volkwyn (Maanger – Men)
  3. Hanlie Murray (Manager – Women)
  4. Hendrik Mokganyetsi (Coach – Sprints and Relays)
  5. Michael Seme (Coach – Distance)
  6. Tersius Liebenburg (Coach – Throws)
  7. Wade Fraser (Coach – Jumps)

 

The World Student Games is one of the largest sporting events in the world displaying the talents of some of the best future stars from different sporting codes and giving the world a sample of future international superstars whilst they are still students.

These Games have been a platform for many South African track and field stars including the likes of Sunette Viljoen, Hezekiel Sepeng, LJ van Zyl, Justine Palframan, Anaso Jobodwana, Akani Simbine, Wayde van Niekerk to name a few, who have gone on to take the world by storm after podium finishes at these games. It is a platform for athletes to get a taste of what sports has to offer at an international scale. Athletes who grab this opportunity with both hands tend to become international stars.

The South African athletics squad returned home from the previous games at the 2015 Summer Universiade in Gwangju, South Korea with a total of 6 medals. Akani Simbine secured a Gold medal in the 100m in a University Record (UR) of 9.97 seconds which is where he equalled the SA record held by Henricho Bruintjies at the time. Justine Palframan also brought home the Gold medal in the 400m in a personal best (PB) time of 51.27 seconds. The other 4 medals that SA clinched were by Rudolph Pienaar in the Long Jump with a mark of 7.98 meters, Rynardt van Rensburg in the 800m, the 4 x 100m relay team (Akani Simbine, Gideon Trotter, Eckhardt Roussouw, Ncincilili Titi) and the half-marathon team (Thabang Masihleho, Gladwin Mzazi, Zolani Ngqaqa, Mariano Essou, Goitsemodimo Bothobutle).

We anticipate that team SA will bring back event more medals this year and new international stars will rise to stardom.

 

Congratulations to all the athletes who were selected to represent SA, we are supporting and rooting you on!