They're bringing home the gold: Meet SA's star athletes slaying it at the Commonwealth Games

They're bringing home the gold: Meet SA's star athletes slaying it at the Commonwealth Games

Team South Africa managed to rack up 10 gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.

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The South African athletes made sure they get a place on the podium and we could not be prouder.

So, Briefly.co.za decided to take a look at who our golden boys and girls are.

Henri Schoeman

The triathlete was the first one to take first place at this year's Commowealth Games.

Schoeman, the brother of Olympic swimmer Riaan Schoeman, won gold in the men's triathlon on 5 April 2018.

He was born in Vereniging, where he started his athletic career in school. At first he focussed solely on long distance swimming, but switched to triathlons in his mid-teens.

However, his sport career was not all smooth sailing. He had a stress fracture that put him out for two years and in 2011, a motor cycle accident injured his legs.

Chad le Clos

Le Clos was born in Durban to a South African mother and a Mauritian father of French descent, GoodThingsGuy reported.

He began swimming while he was very young and on the age of 10, Le Clos started swimming competitively.

But, his first love was not swimming, it is until this day football.

Tatjana Schoenmaker

The newbie on team SA. Schoenmaker has been swimming for Tuks, where she also studies Financial Sciences

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Cameron van der Burgh

The Pretoria born swimmer not only has a gold medal, he also has a heart of gold.

He used the money he won at the Olympics to feed children in the Alexandra township. And, he has reportedly been involved with many other charities as well.

According to the gold medallist, would likely retire from the sport following the 2018 Commonwealth games, to pursue an entrepreneurial career.

Akani Simbine

Simbine made history by becoming the first South African to win gold at the Commonwealth Games in the men's 100m.

And, it was his teacher who encouraged him to pursue athletics instead of football.

The Gauteng born athlete took his teacher's advice, but all the coaches he looked at lived way too far from him.

One day his dad went through the newspaper and saw a sprinting coach looking for an athlete to train and the rest was history.

Caster Semenya

Semenya is one of four children. Born in Limpopo, the star athlete ran to train for soccer, which is where her love for running began.

And, she's not only a talented athlete, but a bright young woman as well. Semenya graduated from North West University with a Sports Science qualification.

Luvo Manyonga

Manyonga not only won the gold medal, he smashed the Commonwealth Games record for the men's long jump.

Manyonga's mother, a domestic worker, raised him in the Mbekweni township of Paarl. A young Manyonga participated in several track and field sports, it was there he discovered his long jump talent.

However, Manyonga faced many challenges throughout his life. When he started winning a lot of money, his entire family became dependant on him.

It got so bad he was in the end completely broke, and he then started to use tik.

After relapsing for a second time, Manyonga received helped where he could live and train away from drugs.

He then moved to Gauteng where he attended the University of Pretoria’s High-Performance Centre.

Since then, Manyonga has been extremely successful, in life and in his sport.

Ndodomzi Jonathan Ntutu

Ndodomzi Ntutu is visually impaired, however it did not stop the sprinter from chasing his dreams.

Born in Gugulethu, a township in Cape Town, Ntutu lived with his parents, who struggled. But, they managed to earn enough to get their song a quality education at the Athlone School for the Blind.

The sprinter is not completely blind, but he has only limited sight.

Ntutu represented SA in the Paralympics and he is now an inspiration to aspiring athletes in the T12 category.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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