First Olympic teams announced

2008-04-23 15:20

Johannesburg - South African athletes will not be given specific targets for Beijing but aim to better previous records and enjoy the challenging experience of the Olympic Games.

In the first of three team announcements for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, South African Sports Confederation and Olympics Committee (SASCOC) president, Moss Mashishi, said their message to the athletes was to improve on previous performances and do the best they can.

"Our preparations are on target and we will provide all the support they need to enable them to make us proud, said Mashishi

"We have avoided targets with specific numbers but hope to improve from one Olympic Games to the next. We encourage the athletes to do their very best without any undue pressur."

The following athletes and officials, who will form part of Team SA and represent South Africa at this year's Olympic Games in Beijing, were announced at Olympic House, Johannesburg on Wednesday.


Jenna Dreyer
Kathryn Meaklim
Melissa Corfe
Jessica Pengelly
Lize-Mari Retief
Amanda Loots
Wendy Trott
Suzaan van Biljon
Cameron van der Burgh
Darian Townsend
Gerhard Zandberg
George du Rand
Gideon Louw
Jean Basson
Lyndon Ferns
Neil Versfeld
Riaan Schoeman
Roland Schoeman
Ryk Neethling
Troyden Prinsloo
William Diering

Calvin Hartley
Barbara Manning (Manager/Coach)

Jackson Chauke
Peter Armstrong (Manager)

Robert Hunter
John-Lee Augustyn
David George
Burry Stander
Yolande Speedy
Tony Harding (Manager/Coach)
Melvin Classen (Mechanic)
Leon Schepers (Coach)

Jyoti Chetty
Adele Du Plooy
Elvira Wood
Michael Wood
Dario Torrente
Sello Maduma
Randall Daniels (Coach)
Guennadi Tyshler (Coach)

Odette Richard
Maureen van Rooyen (Manager/Coach)

Penny Alison
Dominique Provoyeur
Kim Rew
Dayne Sharp (Manager/Coach)

Diane Swanton
Esmari Van Reenen
Timothy Swanton (Manager/Coach)

Chief Medical Officer: Shuaib Ismail Manjra
Demitri Constantinou
Ephraim Nematswerani
Herold Adams

Chief Physiotherapist: Tumelo Komane
Edwin Bodha
Neil Viranna
Michael Mabasa
Caren Fleishman
Louise Ann Rivett
Marlene Naicker
Merike Hopkins
Jacqui McCord-Uys
Theodore Calligeris
Derek du Plessis