22 May – A final team of 31 athletes have been announced to represent South Africa at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain from 10-15 July 2012. The team consist of 14 male and 17 female athletes.
The team is a good mix of experienced athletes and some newcomers to the World Championships. Athletes such as Gerhard de Beer (discus throw) and Morne Moolman (Javelin throw) have won medals at the World Youth Championships in 2011, while others such as Duwayne Boer, Pieter Conradie, Jan-Louw Kotze and Fana Mofokeng also competed.
Amongst the women, seven of the athletes have experience competing at the World Championships. They are Liezl Hechter, Lezaan Jordaan, Thato Makhafola, Izelle Neuhoff, Janet Seeliger, Philippa van der Merwe and Stephanie Wicksell.
Duwayne Boer won the youth long jump at the Yellow Pages SA Schools and Junior Championships in Germiston with a leap of 7.68m, a massive improvement on his previous best of 7.20m at the World Youth Championships in France in 2011. Boer is one of three talented youth athletes included in the team, the others being Julia Du Plessis in the high jump and new SA 800m Youth Record holder, Monique Stander.
To see the full team:
|DUWAYNE BOER||AGN||Long Jump|
|PIETER CONRADIE||AGN||400m, 4 x 100m, 4 x 400m|
|GERHARD DE BEER||AGN||Discus Throw|
|RUAN GREYLING||AGN||400m, 4 x 100m, 4 x 400m|
|ANGES JULIES||WPA||110mH, 4 x 100m (res)|
|JAN-LOUW KOTZE||BOLA||Discus Throw|
|ADAM LIPSHITZ||KZN||3000 SC|
|THAPELO MADIBA||CGA||800m, 4 x 400m (res)|
|MPHO MAPHUTHA||AGN||Long Jump|
|FANA MOFOKENG||AFS||100m, 4 x 100m|
|MORNE MOOLMAN||WPA||Javelin Throw|
|SIPHELO NGQABAZA||AFS||100m, 200m, 4 x 100m|
|BERNARD PRETORIUS||AGN||400mH, 4 x 400m|
|TAARIQ SOLOMONS||WPA||400mH, 4 x 400m|
|JULIA DU PLESSIS||CGA||High Jump|
|ANE FOURIE||WPA||400mH, 4 x 400m|
|LIEZL HECHTER||ACNW||200m, 4 x 100m|
|LEZAAN JORDAAN||CGA||Shot Put|
|IZELLE NEUHOFF||AVT||400mH, 4 x 400m|
|JUSTINE PALFRAMAN||KZN||400m, 4 x 100m, 4 x 400m|
|NABEELA PARKER||WPA||100m, 4 x 100m|
|JANET SEELIGER||AGN||400m, 4 x 400m|
|PHILIPPA VD MERWE||ANCW||100m, 4 x 100m|
|ZANRI VD MERWE||AGN||Long Jump, 4 x 100m|
|CHANTE VAN TONDER||CGA||200m, 4 x 100m|
|STEPHANIE WICKSELL||AGN||4 x 400m|