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Cream of the MGA crop heads to Limpopo’s


Coach Merene van Zyl (left) and MGA coach Richard Marshall (right) standing next to the gymnasts showing off the medals they brought home. From left: Ruan Goosen, Keanu Potgieter, Hannes Raats, Jan van der Baan. In the back is Melody Raats and Viné van der Heever is in front

Sport : 28 Aug 2018 4818 Viewed By Press Release 0

THABAZIMBI - The senior and high performance gymnasts at Marshall Gymnastics Academy (MGA) are gearing up to compete for their spot in the Limpopo team in September. Last weekend saw them competing at the Waterberg District Competition for Level 4-6 gymnasts at Kruiskrag Gymnastics in Thabazimbi.

The gymnasts performed well and five will travel to Brits next month to compete against the best of Limpopo. If they qualify for the Limpopo team, they will represent the province at the SA Gymnastics Games, which will take place in Gauteng during the first week in October.

Eight clubs and 110 gymnasts competed in the Waterberg District competition on 18 August. MGA’s rising stars showed the judges what they were made of and all placed. The results are as follows:

Viné van den Heever (Level 4) – 1st on all apparatus, 1st overall, qualified for Limpopo.
Melody Raats (Level 6) – 1st on all apparatus, 1st overall, qualified for Limpopo.
Hannes Raats (Level 5) – 3rd on floor.
Ruan Goosen (Level 5) – 1st on all apparatus, 1st overall, qualified for Limpopo.
Keanu Potgieter (High Performance Class 1) – 1st on Floor, Vault, and High Bar, 2nd on Pommel, Parallel Bars, and Rings, 2nd overall, qualified for Limpopo.
Jan van der Baan (Level 6) – 1st on Floor, Vault, High Bar, Parallel Bars, and Rings, 2nd on Pommel, 1st overall, qualified for Limpopo.

“We are very proud of these gymnasts. The effort and hours of practice is really paying off,” said Van Zyl.






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