Four of our gymnasts are competing in the 29th FIG rhythmic gymnastics world championships in Mier, Japan.
They are part of a total of 149 individuals and 26 groups taking part in the championships which end on September 13. Gymnasts from 50 different countries are representing all continents in what is the highlight of the international rhythmic gymnastics season.
Two athletes from the North West, Grace Lekote and Sibongile Mjekula are the product of a rigorous selection and grooming process of the SA Gymnastics Federation Talent Identification Programme. The process aims to produce world class athletes who are able to compete at the highest level of competition in the various gymnastics disciplines.
Coach, Tatiana Lavretchouk Vizer has coached both athletes, who also participated in the 28th staging of the championships. Both athletes have showed positive steps in competing at this level of competition.
The delegation further boasts a cross generation bridge with a mother-daughter link.
Manager Maureen Van Rooyen’s daughter Julene is taking part in the championships. The fourth team member, Yvonne Garland, fared well in the junior African Championships in 2006, the senior African Championships in 2009 as well as the senior international competition in Durban earlier this year.