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Lifters win 14 medals

Team South Africa have returned from the African Youth and Senior Championships in Cairo, Egypt with 14 medals.

The team consisted of 13 lifters and six officials. Encouraging for the future is the fact that 11 of the lifters are between 13 and 17 years old.

The team was made up of: Benita Malgas, Thembile Hlabathe, Tlalane Ramarou, Shelton Clarke, Kermit Tieties, Wesley Davis, John Ramela, Nkosinathi Nkabinde, Khatleho Mabuya, Matthew Stevens, Gordon Shaw, Sean Anthony and Jean Greeff (team captain). Unfortunately Free Stater Moyakazi Lebase was unable to take part due to the fact that she didn’t get her passport in time.

With regard to international participation, our lifters are relatively young and Weightlifting South Africa are very excited to have qualified a place for one young man to compete at the Youth Olympics to be held in Singapore in August.

In this regard there will be a final trial in Strand on 8 May where the following lifters will be tested and out of this pool the athlete to travel to SIngapore will be selected. The three athletes in contention are: John Ramela (56kg division, Gauteng), Wesley Davids (56kg division, Gauteng) and Kirmit Tieties (77kg division, WP).

Our medal winners in Egypt were: Tlalane Ramarou (63kg, three silver), Shelton Clarke (50kg, three bronze), Wesley Davis (56kg, one bronze), John Ramela (56kg,two bronze), Sean Anthony (85kg, one silver and one bronze) and Jean Greeff (94kg, three bronze).