Madibaz Sport athletics manager Nellis Bothma said the inclusion of three athletes in the University Sport South Africa squad was just reward for the hard work they had put in this year.
Nelson Mandela University student-athletes Ischke Senekal (discus and shot put), Kelly Kingwill (long and triple jump) and Mariano Eesou (10 000m and half-marathon) have been chosen for the team to compete in the World Student Games next month.
The 29th edition of the games will be held in Chinese Taipei, starting on August 19.
Bothma said it was the first time they had as many as three athletes in the USSA team, adding it was a chance to show what they could do at an international level.
“We are very proud of our athletes and what they have achieved,” he said.
“Our ladies, in particular, have shown their talent, with the team coming second in the university championships.”
He said he also wanted to thank the coaches for the work they had done in maintaining such high standards.
“They ensure our athletes can compete with the best and they are playing a big role in keeping the Madibaz flag flying high.”
He felt steeplechase athlete Cherise Sims had been unlucky not to make the team.
The three athletes form part of a USSA delegation of 180 sportsmen and women who will be competing in 10 sporting codes in Taipei.
Senekal, who, with Eesou, competed in South Korea two years ago, said they would face strong competition at the games.
“The competition in 2015 was very strong and I am sure it will be the same this time,” she said.
“I am going in with the objective of making sure I qualify for the finals and I will then take it from there.”
Kingwill, who has battled with injuries in recent years, will be making her first appearance at the World Student Games.