PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA. 20 October 2013 - After this weekend’s trials there is a new sponsor, Algrodex, on board, a bright new prospect in men’s gymnastic, Cameron MacKenzie and new hope for Commonwelth Games medals.
The “lost son” of South African gymnastics, Cameron MacKenzie surprised everyone by scoring a brilliant all around score of 85,10 to book his place n the South African team for the 2014 African Gymnastics championships and also the Commonwealth Games later in the same year.
“His score would have placed him 18th at the 2013 World championships earlier this month in Antwerp, Belgium, in the top three in the Commonwealth and first in Africa,” Gerhard Ferreira, his coach at Centurion Gymnastics Centre, said.
Ferreira said that their first goal is for South Africa to won a historic men’s African title in March next year as the country has not been able to do so before.
MacKenzie recently returned to South Africa having spent 10 years in the UK and was a member of both the junior and senior national squads of that country.
He will travel to Mannheim in Germany at the weekend where he will take part in a competition in the Bundesliga.
Three other South African gymnasts, Kirsten Beckett, Claudia Cummins and Tiaan Olivier also qualified for next years Commonwealth Games.
Beckett is aiming to repeat the victories of Heidi-Marie Oosthuizen and Nadine de Kock at the event.
Rhythmic gymnast Grace Legoto also qualified at the Rhythmic world championships earlier this year and sisters Aimee and Juline van Rooyen are also determined to book their places.
“We believe that gymnastics belongs in the group of elite sports in the country and in Africa and have therefor decided to sponsor the code,” Jaap Coetzer, MD of Algrodex said.
CAPTION: PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – 20 October 2013. Cameron MacKenzie “returned home” with a bang with a brilliant perforemance at the gymnastics trails. Copyright picture by WESSEL OOSTHUIZEN / saspa.photoshelter.com.