Antony Smyth and Jean-Peal Veaudry head up a strong 10-person South African Para Team which has arrived in California, for the Ampsurf ISA World Para Surfing Championships, from 11 to 15 March.
Both the Cape Town-based Smyth, and East London’s Veaudry won medals at previous World Championships in the AS1 (Stand) category at previous ISA World Championships and are expected to add to their tally this year.
Smyth has won two silvers and two golds in previous ISA World Championships, and is the current AS1 World and US Open champion while Veaudry is a former bronze medal winner in this category. They are the most experienced surfers in the group.
Daniel Nel, of Cape Town, who won medals and the hearts of many at para surfing events in Bali and Japan last year, is another medal hope. He will compete in the AS4 Men’s prone division. New cap Tracy McKay of Durban, is included in the team in the AS4 Women’s division.
New caps and medal hopefuls, Jared Sacks of Cape Town and Sabelo Ngema from Durban, will compete in the AS-VI and AS- VIB3 divisions respectively (Blind and Visually Impaired) while Noluthando Makalima of Khayelitsha wins her first cap in the AS5 Women’s Division.
The Team manager is Julia van Zyl and the coaches are Tasha Mentasti and Leon van Zyl.
Surfing South Africa vice-president, Bongani Xulu, is one of the International officials who has been appointed to adjudicate at the World Championships.
Surfing South Africa is the recognised governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).
All South African surfriding teams that participate in international events are chosen by National Selectors in terms of the SSA Constitution. All national teams are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa prior to being forwarded to SASCOC for colours approval.
Photo: Noluthando Makalima, of Khayelitsha