SA gymnasts face Tunisia test

2000-11-13 12:25

Johannesburg - South African gymnastics faces its strongest competition since the country's historic participation in the Casablanca African Championships during 1992 when they take to the floor at next week's continental showpiece in Tunisia.

Since 1994 local women gymnasts were unbeaten in this event as well as the All Africa Games. This year's strongest competition will come from Egypt and Morocco.

The 1999 All Africa Games gold medallist Tamaryn Schultz is the favourite to continue South Africa's dominance in the women's event (Heidi-Marie Oosthuizen (1994) and Nadene de Kock (1998) since 1994. As Morocco didn't take part in last years AAG, it is not known whether there be a strong challenge from that part of the world.

With the retirement of rhythmic gymnast, Michelle Cameron, Egyptian Olympian Sherin Taama, who scored a brilliant 36,802 at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, will start as favourite in the senior section.

Except for Christiaan Brezeanu, most of the 1998 Commonwealth men's squad called it a day and the local men will face strong competition from both Egypt and Algeria.

In the junior section two Klerksdorp teenagers, Melissa Jacobs and Zandre Labuschagne are making their international debut.


Rhythmic (senior): Joanne Nelson, Cecilia Human, Erica Boon, Sarah Haig.
Juniors: Odette Richard, Heather Malek, Belinda Potgieter, Shaleen Arnorld, Stephanie Sander, Daniel Essau, Renate Janse van Rensburg.


Seniors: Christian Brezeanu, Adam Botha, Rhyn Croft-Jones, Jesse Goldswain, Ciscard Collard.
Juniors: Steven Freedman, Troy Sender, Lindsay Adams, Julian Witbooi, Harry Abrahams.


Senior: Tamaryn Schultz, Kerry Joyce, Caroline Demetriou, Dominique D'Oliviera, Ailish Nolan.
Juniors Melissa Jacobs, Zandre Labuschagne, Kelly Golding, Cheronne Beyl, Sheree de Jager. - Sapa