Pretoria University hosts more top-class gymnastics on 3-4 March with the staging of the Jannie Jansen International competition.
The event will showcase trampoline, double-mini and tumbling disciplines and world-ranked competitors from Brazil and France will be in action.
Up against them will be our own local stars in the form of Bianca Budler, Karen Wilson and Lucky Radebe. The last-mentioned competed at last year’s World Games in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.
The competition is part of the high performance plan of the South African Gymnastics Federation (SAGF) which is to expose as many South African gymnasts as possible to international standard competition.
This is a forward thinking gesture that aligns itself to SASCOC’s commitment to improve the standard of performance of our national athletes. SAGF Manager of High Performance Tseko Mogotsi says, ‘The Jannie Jansen will build international relations and ensure regular interaction with foreign teams and expertise on an annual basis, expose gymnastics to the community and inspire our gymnasts to reach the top of their abilities.ÔÇØ
The competition is a tribute to the late Jannie Jansen, a great contributor to the sport of trampoline. He was one of the founding members of the former International Trampolining Federation (FIT) which came into being on 4 March 1964.
From its inception till his sudden death in 1992, Jannie Jansen served on the FIT executive as well as the Olympic Council. During economic sanctions against South Africa, South Africa was able to compete in the 1982 Trampoline World Championships as well as the 1984 edition of the same competition through his efforts.
Jansen is well remembered in trampoline circles as a dynamic personality who was adored by all who knew him. Top coach Helen van der Walt said ÔÇ£The competition is a fitting tribute of his contribution to the sport.ÔÇØ
With so much history steeped in this event, the competition promises to highlight South African trampoline and tumbling talent as well as celebrate the 46th anniversary of Trampoline and Tumbling existence internationally.
Sport enthusiasts can look forward to see the best international and national gymnasts at the Jannie Jansen Competition. They include famous tumbler and double-mini gymnast Bruno Martini (Bra), tumbler Morgan Sauton (Fra); ┬áWorld Number three syncro, pair, Sebastien Martiny (Fra) & Gregoire Pennes (Fra); world No3 tumbler, Karen Wilson (SA); World No8 tumbler, Bianca Budler,┬áWorld No3 junior tumbler, Tiaan Visagie (SA) and 2009 World Games Double-mini Trampoline finalist Lucky Radebe (SA).
Venue for the competition will be the the Rembrandt Hall at the University of Pretoria and entrance will be R20 per day.