Thirteen University of Johannesburg (UJ) athletes and two coaches will represent South Africa’s and Botswana’s different national sporting teams in the 29th Chinese Taipei Summer Universiade from the 19th to 31st August 2017. University Team SA delegation, consisting of 10 sporting codes and a total delegation of 180, will depart for China on 13th August to prepare for the games and will return on 1st September 2017.
UJ has two female footballers, Ms Magagula Dineo and Ms Letsoso Thato, ten athletes – Ms Lynique Prinsloo for Long Jump, Ms Patience Ntshingila for Triple Jump, Ms Anel Oosthuizen for 20km walk, Mr Cheswill Johnson for Long Jump, Mr Rushwahl Samaai for Long jump, Mr Reneilwe Aphane for Triple jump, Mr Junior Makhatini for 110mH, Mr Tshepo Lefete for 110mH, Mr Andries Hlaselo for 1500m, Mr Jeremy Andreas for 500m and 10 000m, and Ms Tsaoane Sebele (Botswana) 100m and 200m – and two coaches, Mr Karabo Mogudi and Ms Jabulile Baloyi, that will represent the two countries at the games.
“We are proud of our athletes for showing such great strides in showcasing talent here at home and abroad. This puts UJ among the best contributors, worldwide, that nurture sports talent for the world stage. It is the greatest achievement for the athletes and the University to represent South Africa on an international stage. We wish them well in China, and we hope that they come back with exciting achievements,” says Ms Nomsa Mahlangu, Senior Director: UJ Sport.
University Sport South Africa (USSA) prides itself as an organisation that continues to produce world-class athletes who, from games of this magnitude and calibre, are able to be better prepared to take on the rest of the world. Evidence exists for many sport codes that university sport forms the core of senior teams that continue to represent South Africa globally. Our incredibly talented student-athletes, high performance programmes, sport facilities, financial investment and leadership provided by our member universities, corporates, parents, alumni and the University communities, continue play a massive role and we cherish the continued support and efforts,” an USSA statement announced earlier in July.
The Summer Universiade games are also known as the World Student Games.