Team South Africa’s medallists for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games received a rousing welcome in Johannesburg on Friday, courtesy of Department of Sports and Recreation South Africa in conjunction with SASCOC.
In attendance were many of the Commonwealth Games medallists who brought home 40 medals (13 gold, 10 silver and 17 bronze), seven more than at the last Games in New Delhi, India four years ago.
Also recognised were the Proteas cricket side who were recognised for their recent test series win against Sri Lanka, ranking them number one in the world in the Test rankings and boxing’s Super Flyweight World Champion, Zolani ‘Last Born’ Tete who also flew the South African flag high.
To show off our champions’ achievements, the medallists had a street parade in an open bus from Olympic House to Johannesburg CBD where the public welcomed them at Gandhi Square with much excitement and enthusiasm.
Said Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula: ‘We are here to celebrate our bunch of winners, and we hope this spirit of championship will rub off to other South African sporting codes.’
‘We have this parade and put on an open bus and roll out a red carpet to those athletes who do well and achieve excellence.
Added IOC Member, Sam Ramsamy: ‘We have portrayed success and sport has been the ambassador of South Africa through winning various world cups. We are proud of our medallists and keep raising the flag high.’
SASCOC President Gideon Sam reiterated: ‘Thank you to all our medallists who performed well at the Commonwealth Games.
‘In particular mention, well done to our lawn bowls team who brought back more medals than they achieved in Dehli,’ he added.
The team then proceeded to Primedia where they received yet another hospitable welcome and then departed for Nelson Mandela Square.
Medallists and their coaches were also rewarded with cheques for their accomplishments.
Picture of Chad le Clos, courtesy of Wessel Oosthuizen/SASPA. For more pictures go to www.sascocimages.co.za