PE gymnasts to represent SA in Region 5 competition

2016-11-23 06:01
Dayna Venter, Anel Strauss, Gemma Oosthuizen, Chloe van Rooyen and Siphlesihle Ngqandu.

Dayna Venter, Anel Strauss, Gemma Oosthuizen, Chloe van Rooyen and Siphlesihle Ngqandu.

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THE only Elite gymnastics team that will represent South Africa in the 2016 Region 5 Gymnastics Competition in Zimbabwe in December hails from Port Elizabeth.

The team consists of gymnasts from the All-Stars Rhythmic Gymnastics and ibhayi Rhythmic Gymnastics clubs.

The members are Anel Strauss, Gemma Oosthuizen, Chloe van Rooyen, Dayna Venter and Siphesihle Nqgandu.

These five girls have been dancing individually for five to seven years, growing and making a name for themselves in the industry and putting Port Elizabeth on the map in the world of South African gymnastics.

They have to requalify every year to get into and stay in the High Performance (HP) development Springbok team arena.

They are:

. Siphesihle Ngqandu – A member of All Stars Rhythmic Gymnastics, Ngqandu is a HP level 4 gymnast and the only PDI gymnast that has competed in Bulgaria, winning two silver and two bronze medals against 29 other countries. Her gymnastics career has completely been funded by her coach and mentor Lorraine Tait.

. Anél Strauss – Also a member of All Stars Rhythmic Gymnastics, Strauss is also a HP level 4 gymnast. She is known for being a graceful and elegant dancer.

. Gemma Oosthuizen – Another member of All Stars Rhythmic Gymnastics, Oosthuizen is the Eastern Cape’s first Junior HP Development Springbok for the second year running.

. Chloe van Rooyen – The last member of All Stars Rhythmic Gymnastics, Van Rooyen is competing in the Junior Springbok team for the first time.

. Dayna Venter – The only member of the team not from the All Stars, Venter hails from ibhayi Rhythmic Gymnastics, led by coach Shantell Didloff. Venter won a gold medal for individual ball dance at the SAGF games this year in September and has been chosen by the SAGF and the Eastern Cape in the individual dances at the Zone 5 2016 competition as the Pre-Junior HP level representative. This is her second time competing in the region 5.

Competitive gymnastics takes a lot of time, practice and funds. The girls sometimes train up to 20 hours a day to fulfil their dreams.

After a successful HP camp during the June holiday, the two clubs decided to combine the five girls into an Elite Group, enabling them to grow and compete internationally for the Eastern Cape.

With two clubs joining forces, these five dream about competing in the Commonwealth Games, the African Cup of Nations and 2020 Olympics.

In the meantime they are determined to make the Eastern Cape proud by participating in the qualifying Elite competition in Zimbabwe from December 7 to 12.

It costs almost R13 000 per gymnast to compete in Zimbabwe alone.

They ask the community to help them by becoming their sponsor. For more info, contact Juanelle Venter on 079 985 7156.

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