The Gauteng Sports Confederation has congratulated Team South Africa for the superb performances at that 11th All African Games in Brazzaville, Congo.
Team South Africa clinched a total of 122 medals, 41 gold, 41 silver and 40 bronze medals with 15 different sporting codes being contested. The only codes not to win a medal were football, table tennis and para-powerlifting. South Africa ended third on the medals table and their performances have put them on the good footing ahead of Rio 2016.
South Africa’s first medal came on Saturday 5 September when little Kirsten Beckett, almost a year after successful shoulder surgery, won the women’s all-around competition at the Makelekele Complex on the outskirts of the city. The final medal went to wrestling’s Gert Coetzee in the 61kg freestyle category.
GSC Secretary General Yaseen Lombard said the team had done exceptionally well in challenging conditions. “The coaches and athletes have made us very proud for their sterling efforts it was obvious they tried their very best. It is exciting to realize the achievements of our athletes and that out sport is certainly heading in the right direction.”
“We especially want to congratulate all our Gauteng based-athletes who were part of Team SA and we recognize their achievements. They are an asset to our province and our country. We as the GSC will continue to provide them with all the support they need.”
Lombard said the performances boded well for future competitions. “We certainly can now look forward to Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban. We are positive that we will continue to have a strong presence from Gauteng in those teams as well and that they will make South Africa proud.”