Olympic Games
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Excitement is building up and the road is winding down until the Paris Olympic Games! Here are all the athletes representing South Africa so far:


South Africa (20 May 2024) — The road to the 2024 Paris Olympic Games is quickly winding down, while excitement builds with each nearing day. Set to begin on 26 July, what once seemed far into the future is now right around the corner, with many South African athletes having worked fiercely to book their spots in France.

The full Team South Africa Olympic squad has been announced as the first firing line of representatives for our country in fields spanning aquatics, athletics, gymnastics, sport climbing, surfing, wrestling and canoeing.

Good Things Guy has been glued to the updates of who has made the qualification roster and eager to share as many of these good news stories as we can, and now we have the first official list of everyone who has made the Parisian cut!

Announced by the South African Sports Confederation, Olympic and Paralympic Committee (SASCOC) the list comprises 39 squad members and indicates the incentives these athletes have to give the Olympic Games their all beyond prestigious accolades and making the country proud:

  • Gold medallist will bank R400,000 (while the coach receives R100,000)
  • Silver will take home R200,000 (coach receives R50,000)
  • Bronze will walk away with R75,000 (with R25,000 for the coach)

Here are the South Africans Heading to the Olympic Games

Aquatics Olympians

  • Aimee Canny (200m freestyle)
  • Pieter Coetzee (100m and 200m backstroke)
  • Kaylene Corbett (200m breaststroke)
  • Erin Gallagher (100m butterfly)
  • Chad le Clos (100m butterfly)
  • Rebecca Meder (200m IM)
  • Matthew Sates (100m, 200m butterfly and 200m IM)
  • Tatjana Smith (100m, 200m breaststroke)
  • Julia Vincent (diving, 3 m springboard)

Athletics Olympians

  • Luxolo Adams (200m)
  • Marion Fourie (100mH)
  • Zeney Geldenhuys (400mH)
  • Rogail Joseph (400mH)
  • Stephen Mokoka (marathon)
  • Zakhiti Nene (400m)
  • Cian Oldknow (marathon)
  • Lythe Pillay (400m)
  • Benjamin Richardson (200m)
  • Akani Simbine (100m)
  • Prudence Sekgodiso (800m)
  • Gerda Steyn (marathon)
  • Tshepo Tshite(1500m)
  • Wade van Niekerk (400m)
  • Jovan van Vurren (long jump)
  • Irvette van Zyl(marathon)
  • Adriaan Wildschutt (5000m, 10000m)

Canoeing Olympians

  • Andrew Birkett (kayak sprint)
  • Tiffany Koch (kayak sprint)
  • Hamish Lovemore (kayak sprint)
  • Esti Olivier (kayak sprint)

Gymnastics Olympian

  • Caitlin Rooskrantz

Sport Climbing

  • Joshua Bruyns (speed climbing)
  • Aniya Holder (speed climbing)
  • Mel Janse van Rensburg (lead and boulder)
  • Lauren Mukheibir (lead and boulder)


  • Sarah Ann Baum
  • Matthew McGillivray
  • Jordy Smith


  • Nicholas Steyn (92kg)

Sources: Team South Africa 
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