A total of 23 athletes in nine different sports have been announced by governing body SASCOC to fly the SA team flag at the 2022 World Games to be held in Birmingham, Alabama (not to be confused with the Commonwealth Games from Birmingham 2022 which begin later this month).
Olympic medalist Bridgitte Hartley and veteran Andrew Birkett are two notable names who will compete in the canoe marathon event during the Games which will take place from July 7 to 17.
Another household name is Christopher Cross, who represented the SA team in sport climbing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where the sport made its debut and was enthusiastically received by observers.
The nine sports that will be represented by Team SA athletes in Birmingham are aerosport, archery, canoeing, duathlon, gymnastics, powerlifting, sport climbing, bowling and skiing nautical. The Head of Mission is Kim Pople, a member of the SASCOC Board of Directors.
The World Games are held every four years between the Olympics and this will be the SA team’s fifth appearance at these Games. In 2005 they won five medals, in 2009 there were three medals, in 2013 there were four and in 2017 there was one medal. The Birmingham Gams have been postponed for a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
For the first time in the history of the World Games, a parasport is included: wheelchair rugby.
The SA team leaves for Birmingham today, 4th July.
The full list of SA Team athletes for the World Games is as follows:
Men: Chris Teague
Men: Christian de Klerk, Folkers Herholdt
Women: Gerda Roux, Jeanine van Kradenburg
Men: Andrew Birkett
Women: Brigitte Hartley
Men: Jonathan Benjamin, Dylan Kruger
Women: Natalie Sterk
Women: Shannon Gardiner, Tvetina Aleksandrova
Men: Henk de Wet
Women: Magdalena Rees
Men: Christopher Cosser
Women: Mel Janse van Rensburg, Lauren Mukheiber
TEN BOWLING PINS
Men: Jiveshkar Sewchuran, Cherng Ju, Stephen Ekermans
Women: Gitabalie Soorajla, Ursula Ekermans
Men: Travis Fisher