Caster Semenya misses Commonwealth Games boat

2014-06-11 13:14

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Former world 800m champion Caster Semenya is the big name missing from the multicoded Team SA for the Commonwealth Games that starts in Scotland next month.

Semenya failed to meet the SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) criterion that athletes must be ranked in the top five among the Commonwealth nations.

Some of the elite athletes who made the initial 155-member team after today’s announcement were Olympic champion Chad le Clos, SA 100m record holder Simon Magakwe and Springboks legend Bryan Habana, who will turn out in the rugby sevens.

The number of the team will grow to 187 as the naming of the men’s and women’s hockey teams has been delayed due to the ongoing World Cup in the Netherlands.

Sascoc president Gideon Sam said the Olympic governing body was projecting a haul of 43 medals and about R1.2 million has been set aside to reward the medallists.

“We brought back 33 medals from the India Commonwealth Games in 2010, but we project 43 medals this time,” said Sam.

He said that more than R900 000 would go to the athletes who made it to the podium in Glasgow, with the remainder of the cash incentives going to the coaches.

Gold medallists are guaranteed R40 000 and R20 000 for a silver medal while bronze medallists will get R7 500.

Coaches will get R10 000 for guiding their charges to a gold, R5 000 for silver and R2 500 for bronze.

In Glasgow, Team SA will contest 16 codes: aquatics (including para-swimming), athletics (including para-athletics), badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, judo, lawn bowls, netball, para-weightlifting, rugby sevens, shooting, triathlon, weightlifting and wrestling.

Team SA for the Commonwealth Games


Cameron van der Burgh, Chad le Clos, Bradley Tandy, Dylan Bosch, Myles Brown, Sebastien Rousseau, Roland Schoeman, Leith Shankland, Caydon Muller, Clayton Jimmie, Calvyn Justus, Darren Murray, Tara-lynn Nicholas, Karin Prinsloo, Erin Gallagher, Trudi Maree, Marne Erasmus, Rene Warnes, Marlies Ross, Jessica Ashley-Cooper

Management: Shawn Adriaanse (manager)

Coaches: Graham Hill, Cedric Finch, Igor Omeltchenko, Wayne Riddin

Para-swimming: Craig Groenewald

Manager/coach: Theo Verster


Simon Magakwe, Akani Simbine, Wayde van Niekerk, Andre Olivier, Johan Cronje, LJ van Zyl, Cornel Fredericks, Zarck Visser, Ruswahl Samaai, Khotso Mokoena, Orazio Cremona, Rocco van Rooyen, Willem Coertzen, Fredriech Pretorius, Sunette Viljoen, Wenda Nel, Hendrico Bruintjies, Shawn De Jager, Victor Hogan, Anaso Jobodwana

Management: Motlatsi Keikabile

Coaches: Brandon du Plessis, Carl Preller

Para-athletics: Fanie van der Merwe, Charl du Toit, Andrea Dalle Ave, Juanelie Meijer, Lean Simon

Management: Karin le Roux (manager/coach), Coach: Suzanne Ferreira


Willem Viljoen, Andries Malan, Jacob Maliekal, Prakash Vijaynath, Jennifer Fry, Sandra le Grange, Elsie de Villiers.

Management: Stewart Carson (manager/coach)


Ayabonga Sonjica, Thulani Mbenge, Siphiwe Lusizi, Luvuyo Sizani, Paul Schafer, Pathiswa Thingana.

Management: Nkosinathi Hlatshwayo (coach), Johan Prinsloo (manager/coach)


Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, Cherise Stander, Heidi Dalton, Lise Olivier, Anriette Schoeman, Andri Coetzee, Bernard Esterhuizen, Nolan Hoffman, Evan Carstens, Theuns van der Bank, Kellan Gouveris, Oupa Maluleke, Morne van Niekerk, Mariske Strauss, Phillip Buys

Management: Elrick Kulsen (manager/mechanic), Coaches: Dean Edwards, Sheldon Bole, Bryan Strauss


Kirsten Beckett, Claudia Cummins, Bianca Mann, Cameron MacKenzie, Tiaan Grobler, Siphamandla Ngcobo, Siphesihle Biyase, Grace Legote, Aimee van Rooyen, Julene van Rooyen

Management: Ilse Laing (manager/coach)

Coaches: Tatiana Lavrentchouk-Vizer, Jesse Abraham Kitzen-Abelson


Men’s and women’s sides will be announced after completion of the World Cup in the Netherlands


Daniel le Grange, Siyabulela Mabulu, Jacques van Zyl, Zack Piontek, Tobie Snyman, Sinothando Mva.

Management: Ina van den Heever, (manager), Vintcent Redpath (coach)

Lawn bowls

Colleen Piketh, Tracy-Lee Botha, Susanna Nel, Susanna Steyn, Esme Steyn, Robert Donnelly, Gerald Baker, Josephus Jacobs, Jason Evans, Mmboniseni Neluonde

Para-bowls: Gyndolene Nel, Hermanus Scholtz, Geoffrey Newcombe, Johanna van Rooyen, Derrick Lobban, Roger Hagerty, Deon van de Vyver

Management: Jessica Henderson (manager), Martinus Fraser (coach), Brian Sneag (manager/para-bowls)


Adele Niemand, Bongiwe Msomi, Chrisna Bootha, Erin Burger, Lenize Potgieter, Karla Mostert, Kefiloe Tsotsetsi, Maryka Holtzhausen, Melissa Myburgh, Precious Mthembu, Zanele Mdodana, Zanele Vimbela.

Management: Kitiana Lekalakala (manager)

Coaches: Elizabeth Kotze (coach), Ilze Pheiffer


Chantell Stierman

Management: Jan Flemming (manager/coach)

Rugby sevens

Chris Dry, Schalk Brits, Frankie Horne, Kyle Brown, Branco du Preez, Cheslin Kolbe, Justin Geduld, Cecil Afrika, Bryan Habana, Seabelo Senatla, Cornal Hendricks, Warren Whiteley

Management: Ashley Evert (manager)

Coaches: Neil Powell, Allan Temple Jones


Alexander Coetzee, Johannes du Toit, Esmari van Reenen

Management: Bernand de Beer (manager/coach)


Richard Murray, Henri Schoeman, Wian Sullwald, Kate Roberts, Gillian Sanders

Management: Lindsey Parry (manager/coach)


Portia Vries, Mona Pretorius, Anrich Phillips, Greg Shushu, Gordon Shaw

Management: Aveenash Pandoo (manager/coach)


Bokang Masunyane, Marno Plaatjes, Terry van Rensburg, Gerald Meyer, Armando Hietbrink, Adem Digovich, Mpho Madi, Jeannie-Marie Coetzer, Norma Gordon, Zumicke Geringer, Refilwe Molongwane.

Management: Nico Coetzee (manager/coach), Esta van Zyl (coach)

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