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Press Release by USSA Team
29th Summer Universiade in Taipei

It gives University Sport South Africa (USSA) the greatest amount of pleasure to announce the University Team SA delegation, consisting of 10 sport codes and a total delegation of 180, that will represent our beautiful country at the 29th Summer Universiade, also known as the World Student Games, to be held in Taipei from the 19th - 30th of August 2017. Today marks exactly 36 days before the start of the Universiade, and Team SA is ready and eager to give the best performance at the games.

USSA prides itself as an organisation that continues to produce world-class athletes, who from games of this magnitude and calibre are able to be better prepared to take on the rest of the world. Evidence exists for many sport codes that university sport forms the core of senior teams that continue to represent South Africa globally. Our incredibly talented student-athletes, high performance programmes, sport facilities, financial investment and leadership provided by our member universities, corporates, parents, alumni and the University communities, continue play a massive role and we cherish the continued support and efforts. It is indeed this support that keeps USSA alive as an organisation. USSA, has since its formation, and over the past 20 years produced a number of prominent athletes, and to name but a few:

1. Penny Heyns
2. Hezekiel Sepeng
3. Sunnette Viljoen
4. Stephen Mokoka
5. Akani Simbine
6. Anaso Jobodwana
7. Justine Palframan
8. Wayde van Niekerk

All of the athletes mentioned have competed at previous Universiades and have gone on to achieve higher honours in the Olympic Games and World Championships.

In the upcoming Universiade, Team SA is committed to defend titles, achieve personal best (PB) performances, break records, and make lasting memories. Universities and committed and will to continue to groom future World Championships and Olympic Games, more star will be celebrated by our country, who would have come through the University programmes and various support systems. USSA is also mindful of the fact that more talent identification needs to happen, with the focus on schools, and as part of future initiatives member universities will be encourage to work together for a successful model, which will in turn help us to continue to use international games such as the Universiades for more future champions to be celebrated.

USSA has the outmost confidence in this team and believes that Team SA will improve and prosper from the 2015 results, and achieve the set target of 10 medals. In addition, USSA would like to take this opportunity to announce that Ms. Justine Palframan an athlete and a post-graduate student at Stellenbosch University, also defending champion for the 400m event, will be the official Team SA flagbearer.

The USSA NEC would like to thank the Minister of Sport and Recreation for the continuous support, the National Lottery Commission for the financial support and aid over the years, the University Sports Company for their continuous support, and the member Universities for their investment in the development of university sports.

The team is placed in the honourable and dedicated hands of Mr. Jerry Laka, appointed Chef de Mission by the USSA NEC.

Download the full team sheet here

Posted by USSA Media on 2017-07-13.
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