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Summer Universiade team managers workshop

With less than two months to go until the 29th Summer Universiade, the general delegation and team managers gathered on the 23rd and 24th of June 2017 in order to fine-tune pertinent issues to ensure the successful delivery and participation of Team South Africa at the World Student Games in Chinese Taipei, 19-31 August 2017.

The workshop was opened by Chef de Mission, Mr Jerry Laka, and was followed by introductions by everyone who was present at the workshop. The workshop was centered around presentations with important information and round-table discussions pertaining to logistical matters, Team SA clothing and kit, the medical plan, the media and communication plan and essentially the role of every member in the Team SA delegation.

Team SA will be competing in 10 sporting codes at the games namely; Athletics, Badminton, Fencing, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis and Water Polo. The official Team SA announcement will take place at the culmination of USSA week which kicks off on Monday, 3 July 2017.

Below is a list of the members that make up the general delegation, as well as the team managers:
Chef de Mission: Mr Jerry Laka
Deputy Chef de Mission: Mr Shadrack Nthangeni and Mr Dumisani Dondashe
Chief Doctor: Ms Tshegofatso Gaetsewe
Logistics coordinator: Ms Sibongile Maswanganye
Administrative officers: Ms Vuyo Nxakala and Ms Candice A-Williams
Communication coordinator: Mr Menzi Ngcobo
Media officer: Ms Nqobile Gama

Team managers:

Athletics: Mr Hadley Lionel Volkwyn
Badminton: Ms Faizel Simon
Fencing: Mr Mikhail Andreyevich Galukhin
Football: Mr Montsho Matlala (men) and Ms Gabisile Hlumbane (women)
Golf: Mr Johan Steyn
Gymnastics: Ms Roxane Prout
Swimming: Ms Melinda Lee Goosen
Table Tennis: Mr Tshepo Edison Masoeu
Tennis: Ms Janine De Kock
Water Polo: Ms Carole Adam

Late last week, Wayde van Niekerk became the new record holder for the men's 300m event at the IAAF World Champions League in Ostrava with a blistering time of 30.81 seconds. Van Niekerk broke Micheal Johnson's 17 year old 300m world record of 300m of 30.52 seconds and has become the first athlete ever to run: sub-10 for 100m, sub-20 for 200m, sub-31 for 300m and sub-44 for 400m.

The man of the moment, van Niekerk competed for Team SA in the 27th Summer Universiade, which took place in Kazan, Russia in 2013. This achievement is a true reflection of the International University Sports Federations (FISU) slogan, Today's Stars, Tomorrow's Leaders.

For new and updates, follow Team SA on Twitter: @ussastudent on Twitter and Instagram, the hashtag to use is SUTeamSA.

Posted by USSA Media on 06 Jul, 2017.
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