- A teenager has made South Africans proud after winning in an international competition
- She won the gold medal in a gymnastics competition in Hungary
- She attributes her success to hard work and is looking forward to many more gold medals in future
A 17-year-old from Johannesburg has made Mzansi proud after scooping a gold medal in an international gymnastics competition.
Caitlin Rooskrantz has become the first South African to win a gold medal at the FIG Challenge Cup in Szombathely, Hungary. The teen was competing against contenders from around the world.
Speaking to IOL, she said that she has worked her entire career for this moment of success. She went on to say that she was very proud of herself. The young champion is not new to winning competitions. She is the 2018 national champion and also the current African champion on bars.
Her coach, Ilse Pelser, described her as one of the hardest working athletes she had ever worked with. Rooskrantz started gymnastics at age 6 after her family friends recommended it because she was always jumping on the furniture.
She is currently in Grade 12 at Parktown Girls' High and has had to balance her schooling with gymnastics. She hopes to build more out of her career from this victory and is expecting more gold medals in the future.
She is due at the Stuttgart World Championships with the hope of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics next year.
She said the journey to her gold medal was not easy. She had an ankle injury scare last month and has had to prepare for exams in school. However, she is thankful that she was able to triumph above it all.
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