The tournament is on home soil. The players plead with the community to go to the John Barrable Hall to show their support.
The All Africa Senior Championships for badminton take place from February 13 to 19 at the John Barrable Hall.
National coach Stewart Carson has selected an experienced squad of 13 players comprising specialists in singles, doubles and mixed doubles badminton competitions.
The players plead with the community to rally behind them because they want to lift the trophy on home soil.
The 17-year-old has been part of the team since 2020. She represented SA at the continental championships in 2020, 2021 and last year and competed in all disciplines.
Her most prized achievement is a gold medal she won with her women’s doubles partner, Johanita Scholtz, in 2021 at the games in Uganda.
“It’s a wonderful experience for me and amazing to fly the South African flag on home ground and be able to have our supporters watch us live.
“Please come and cheer us on as we fight for gold. We’d love to see everybody there,” she said.
Jarred Elliot (23)
Ranked number two in the SA badminton men’s doubles, Jarred is honoured to represent the country.
“It’s the highest level someone can reach and is always a blessing you should be grateful for. Every opportunity I get to do this will be done with maximum effort.”
He encouraged his teammates to aim for the stars.
“Work hard in any and everything you do. Give your best, and never think you are dreaming too high. With a little bit of luck, you can reach your goals.”
Deidrè Laurens Jordaan (27)
Deidrè Laurens Jordaan.
An accomplished SA international with many caps, she has represented SA in all badminton disciplines.
“It’s a privilege to represent my country and be the image of badminton South Africa portrays to the world. It’s an honour to fly the South African flag.
“Please, fly the flag with us when we take on the best of Africa.”
Cameron Coetzer (27)
The captain has been part of the set-up for almost 10 years and is the team’s backbone. He is honoured to lead the team at the championships.
“It’s an honour and a privilege to play for my country. It’s the highest level in our sport, and not many people get the opportunity to do this. I will grab it with both hands and, hopefully, do my country proud.
“Support is an incredible thing in sport. To the people of Benoni, it would be appreciated if you come to support us and help Team South Africa make you proud.”
Anri Schoonees (26)
Anri is one of two travelling reserves. She’s ranked number in the national rankings women’s and mixed doubles. She’s thrilled to be part of the team and looks forward to the competition.
“It’s my first time playing for South Africa at the senior level. I’m excited to be part of the team and represent my country. We would appreciate your support to help us conquer Africa and win the cup.”
Credit: Benoni City Times