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2016-05-25 06:00
HIGH-FLYING STARS: From the left are Thembekile Jama, Sonopo Tshiloane and Makemiso Mokoena of the Thabo Mofutsanyana Rope-Skipping Club. They have been chosen to represent South Africa at the 11th World Rope-Skipping Championships in Sweden. Photo: Tladi Moloi

HIGH-FLYING STARS: From the left are Thembekile Jama, Sonopo Tshiloane and Makemiso Mokoena of the Thabo Mofutsanyana Rope-Skipping Club. They have been chosen to represent South Africa at the 11th World Rope-Skipping Championships in Sweden. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – Sonopo Tshiloane (23), Thembekile Jama (18) and Makemiso Mokoena (23) of the Thabo Mofutsanyana Rope-Skipping Club have been included in the squad of 15 men and women that will jet off to Europe in July to represent South Africa at the 11th World Rope-Skipping Championships.

The event will be hosted in Malmö, Sweden, from 24 July to 2 August.

The squad members are from KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, the Free State and Gauteng.

They were selected at a camp held in Cape Town in June last year.

Despite the joy of being chosen, the Qwaqwa members face a stumbling block on their way to the championships. They still need altogether R20 000 to make the trip.

According to Malinga Sebenzile, Thabo Mofutsanyana district chairperson and provincial coordinator, the South African Gymnastic Federation (SAGF) requested the provinces to raise their own money for this.

“We have managed to raise some money and we now need R20 000. We are calling on business people in the province to help us.”

Tshiloane said he was very excited about the opportunity to compete abroad.

“It’s a dream come true. It will be my first international trip and first time travelling by plane,” said Tshiloane.

He is adamant that he will come home with a gold medal.

“Yes, I am going to do my best to make sure that we come home with something. I have been working for many years to get this far. I will not disappoint.”

Tshiloane started the rope-skipping game in 2009. He said he chose rope-skipping because it matched his character.

“The sport is just crazy and I am also crazy.”

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