sa team told to defy odds
Odds can be beaten, said Moss Mashishi, president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) yesterday.
Mashishi was giving a motivational speech after the announcement of the South African team for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics at Olympic House in Johannesburg.
"Go out there and show the world that, against all odds, anything is possible," stressed Mashishi.
The team, which consists of 60 budding athletes, will represent the country in athletics, aquatics, cycling, equestrian, powerlifting, rowing, table tennis, tennis and wheelchair basketball.
Mashishi is confident of success in August.
"The team is strong and has the depth to do us proud in Beijing. I urge all South Africans to rally behind them," he said.
In 2004 South Africa collected 35 medals - 15 gold, seven silver and 13 bronze - and hope to better that record.
Some of the stars who are expected to steer the 60-strong group to glory are Oscar Pistorius, Natalie du Toit, Zanele Situ and Ernst van Dyk.
Team: Athletics - Ilse Hayes, Ntomizanele Situ, Oscar Pretorius, Hilton Keith Langenhoven, Stephanus Lombaard, Michael Louwrens, Nicholas Newman, Ernst van Dyk, Marius Stander, David Ross, Duane Strydom, Ndodomzi Jonathan Ntutu, Arnu Fourie, Teboho Mokgalagadi, Fanie van der Merwe.
Aquatics - Charl Bouwer, Kevin Paul, Tadgh Slattery, Achmat Hassiem, Natalie du Toit, Shireen Shapiro, Emily Gray, Sarah Shannon, Adri Visser, Beth Nothling, Eraika
Cycling - Gavin Kalpatrick, Michael Thomson, Rian Nel, Janos Plekker, Susan van Staden, Roxanne Burns, Ernst van Dyk.
Rowing - Kim Robinson, Kevin du Toit, Gordon Eddey, Masego Mokhine, Jarryd Clarke.
Table Tennis - Pieter du Plooy, Johan du Plooy, Alisha Almeida and Aletta Moll.
Equestrian - Mark Frenzel, Philipa Johnson, Kerry Noble.
Powerlifting - Wilhelmina Grobbelaar.