National cycling team announced for African Youth Games, Botswana

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has announced the national team that will compete at the second African Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana, from 22-31 May 2014.

The strong team sees representation from 19 sporting codes as our young athletes prepare for the upcoming second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China later this year.

Our country’s talented young cyclists, who will be competing in the road and mountain biking disciplines, is made up of seven boys and four girls. Cycling SA Vice President Hendrik Wagener is selected as the Manager for cycling, with Karen Cummings (Women’s Manager) and Evan Thys (Mechanic) accompanying the team.

Cycling

Boys

Carl Bonthuys
Stefan de Bod
Alan Hatherly
Graeme Ockhuis
Johannes Masetla
Lawrence Mogano
Ivan Venter

Girls

Michelle Benson
Catherine Colyn
Bianca Haw
Relebohile Pebane

Code Manager

Hendrik Wagener

Women's Manager

Karen Cummings

Mechanic

Evan Thys

The road cyclists will compete in the road race, Team Time Trial, and Individual Time Trial disciplines, while the mountain bikers will compete in a cross-country race.

Hendrik Wagener said: This is the first time that a South African cycling team will be competing in the African Youth Games, and it is something for all our young riders to aspire to.”

The African Youth Games are stage under the patronage of the Association of Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), and the inaugural event took place in Rabat, Morocco, in 2010. The Games serve as preparation for South Africa’s young athletes ahead of the Youth Olympic Games as well as a platform for continental youth development.

Other sporting codes that will be represented are aquatics, athletics, badminton, boxing, canoeing, cycling, fencing, football, golf, judo, karate, rowing, rugby 7s, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, triathlon, volleyball and weightlifting.

For any event details of the 2014 African Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana, from 22-31 May, click here.

Congratulations on your selection and we wish you every success.

ENDS