A total of four members from Madibaz Sport are part of the South African squad for the World Student Games in Italy from July 3 to 14.
The event, to be held in Napoli, will see Madibaz director of sport Yoliswa Lumka as the deputy head of the SA contingent.
She will be joined by swimmer Alaric Basson, Andrew Kock, who will manage the athletics team, and Brittany Blaauw, who has the role of social media officer.
Madibaz sprinter Luxolo Adams was also included in the squad, but Kock said he had to withdraw through injury.
Lumka, whose focus will be on player preparation, medical support and logistics, said they were aiming for an improvement on the last event in Taiwan two years ago.
“We won five silver medals then and finished 44th overall. Our aim for Italy is a minimum of eight medals.”
Ace swimmer Basson will be attending his third World Student Games and said his focus would be on returning with a medal. He will compete in all the breaststroke events.
Kock, who works at Nelson Mandela University as a senior recruiter, also has previous experience of the Games, having attended the 2015 event in
Gwangju, Korea, as a coach.
“My focus was on the sprints and hurdle events then and we won the 100m gold medal with SA 100m record-holder and SA 200m champion Akani Simbine and bronze in the men’s 4 x 100m relay,” he said.
“We have a good mix of youth and experience and we will be happy with four medals as we have potential contenders across all disciplines.
“As this is the second biggest event in terms of participation to the Olympic Games we are aware of the big task ahead. But we will give it our all and represent South Africa as best we can.”
Blaauw, a Madibaz Sport public relations intern, will be attending her first World Student Games.
“I am extremely excited, humbled and blessed to be part of the management team,” she said.
“I will act as the USSA [University Sport South Africa] social media officer and my vision is to provide online users with a taste of what the event is all about and to make them feel a part of the journey.”