The Commonwealth Games have come and gone and with much pride I once again congratulate Team SA for a job well done during the two weeks of what was intense competition in Glasgow.
Team SA finished seventh on the final medals table with a total of 13 gold, 10 silver and 17 bronze medals, thereby beating the number in Delhi in 2010 where they won 33 medals, including 12 gold. So, it was a case of win, win, win!
To honour our medallists, the Department of Sports and Recreation SA, in conjunction with SASCOC, last Friday paraded the medallists in an open-top bus, which journeyed through the Johannesburg CBD, Primedia offices and proceeded to Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton where the athletes were rewarded with cheques.
Meanwhile the Youth Olympics Team SA landed in Nanjing, China last night where they will take on the world in 14 sporting codes ranging from athletics to wrestling. After the previous performance at the African Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana, we are confident that our emerging stars will perform extremely well at the Youth Olympics.
To the Chef de Mission, Vinesh Maharaj and his team, we wish you an enjoyable time in Nanjing. Do us proud and maintain – or better still – exceed the performance that was recently achieved by Team SA in Glasgow.
We continue to express our gratitude to athletes, parents, coaches, National Federations, Department of Sports and Recreation South Africa, Lotto Board, all our sponsors and media who continuously support us in delivering the various teams to international sporting events.
We are also thankful to the public at large who continue to support us in ensuring that we take South African sport to a higher level.
Below is more positive feedback we have received and long may the good vibe continue. South African sport is in a good place at the moment:
Thank you once more for all the daily feeds of the Games. Well done Team SA, you did us proud. – Ms. Noxolo Zulu, Mpumalanga Sport Confederation
Thank you SASCOC for all your hard work to send us the newsletter on a daily basis. This is much appreciated. – Christie Jacobs
Thank you for the daily updates, we greatly appreciate it. Please thank the team who made the Commonwealth Games possible. You all did a great job. – Elizabeth Cameron Smith
I’d like to officially thank you very much for your assistance, care and understanding in managing me after my injury in our hockey match against Australia, and getting me back to my loved ones in SA. It has been a very frustrating two weeks since the injury and as discussed with Dr Schwabe today, I am still experiencing ongoing symptoms as it takes time to settle. I respect and appreciate the time and energy you administered in helping me and hopefully I’ll get back to full health soonest. – Andrew Cronje
I am sure you are aware of Bridgitte Hartley’s magnificent achievements at the World Canoe Sprint Champs in Moscow this last weekend. Bronze medal in her favoured event the K1 500m, and a lifetime PB in the K1 200m and seven in the B final. Thank you very much for all the support from SASCOC. She would never have achieved this without this support. Please pass on our sincere thanks and appreciation to the SASCOC Team, Mr Sam and Mr Reddy. – Brett Austen Smith