Incentives paid out to Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games heroes

Team South Africa’s Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games medallists and their coaches received a total of R3.1-million in incentives from the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) on... Read more
Incentives paid out to Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games heroes

Team South Africa’s Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games medallists and their coaches received a total of R3.1-million in incentives from the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) on Friday.

The incentives were funded by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) and the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC).

Team South Africa finished ninth on the medals table with 27 medals, comprising seven gold, nine silver and 11 bronze medals.

There were four swimming gold medals: Lara van Niekerk (women’s 50m and 100m breaststroke), Pieter Coetze (100m backstroke) and Tatjana Schoenmaker (women’s 200m breaststroke).

Team SA’s Men Sevens won gold, beating Fiji in the final and although it only accounted for one gold medal, each player will be receiving R100 000.

Judo’s Michaela Witbooi won gold in the Judo women’s 48kg category.

The final gold medal was won by para-athlete Ndodomzi Ntutu in the men’s 100 metres (T12- Para athletics).

Other sports codes that secured medals were Lawn Bowls, Boxing, Cycling, Wrestling and Gymnastics.

In announcing the incentives, the SASCOC CEO Ms Nozipho Jafta said: “We are proud of our athletes’ achievements at the Commonwealth Games and the incentive is a small reward to say thank you for representing our nation well. We are aware of the hard work our athletes and coaches put into competing at the event and they deserve a token of appreciation. Winning a medal is a huge achievement and something to cherish for life.”

SASCOC President, Mr Barry Hendricks said: “We are aware that payment of the incentives to our athletes has taken a bit longer than expected, but all the same we are pleased to reward our athletes and their coaches for their hard work and excellence at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.

“We would like to thank the National Lotteries Commission and the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture for funding this initiative.

“Our focus is now on Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and based on the performances we witnessed in Birmingham, we believe that we are moving towards the right direction as we journey to Paris,” Mr Hendricks concluded.

SA Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games athletes’ incentives breakdown:

Gold R100 000, Silver R50 000, Bronze R25 000

Coaches’ incentives:

Gold R15 000, Silver R10 000, Bronze R5 000

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