Team SA commonwealth games champions rewarded

JOHANNESBURG- Team SA’s Commonwealth winning team has been reward for their top performances at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast Australia.

The South African team come back home with 37 medals, and were placed in sixth position in the overall medals log, a place higher than the last games in Glasgow Scotland in 2014.

The official welcoming parade kicked off at Burgers Park, Pretoria and ended at the CSIR International Convention and Exhibition Centre for the medalists.

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The parade had stops of Sammy Marks Mall on Madiba Street, Bosman Station, as well as the Sunny Park Mall, where athletes were greeted by many supporters and heralded by a brass band.

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The main welcoming function was held CSIR International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Pretoria, speakers were Sascoc president Gideon Sam, Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa and chairperson of the National Lotteries Commission, Mr Alfred Nevhutanda.

The team won 13 gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze medals at the Games.

The medal incentives were as follows:

Gold – R50,000 for the athlete and R12.500 for athlete’s coach
Silver – R25,000 for the athlete and R7500 for athlete’s coach
Bronze – R15,000 for the athlete and R5000 for athlete’s coach

In total, the department paid out R1.43-million.

Among the medalists who attended the event were swimming star Chad Le Clos and track star Caster Semenya gold medalists and Luvo Manyonga, long jumper.

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