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World Age Groups (30 November - 6 December)

Onke Mangele and Khanyile Mbolekwa represented South Africa at the World Age Groups Competition (junior world championships) in Denmark. For them it was the first time travelling overseas, and for Nemato it was the first time having two members participating in this event. Unfortunately both of them had one routine going wrong on double mini trampoline, falling on the landing, so they didn't make the finals, but well done to the guys, with only training sessions on Saturdays in Port Elizabeth, they are already at international top level. Hopefully we can offer top level training at home in the near future, to give them and others a chance to develop their full potential. Khanyile also jumped in the synchronised trampoline event with Tshepang Mamabolo from Gauteng. Click to see Onke and Khanyile in action.

Onke on double-mini trampoline at World Age Groups Competition in Denmark

our gymnasts in cold and dark Denmark

SA Gymnastics Games (5-10 October)

We went with a small group to South African Gymnastics Games in Pretoria. Siyabulela Siwa won bronze on double mini trampoline in the age group 11-12, Khanyile Mbolekwa won bronze on trampoline and on tumbling and silver on double mini trampoline in the same age group. Onke Mangele won National Champion on double-mini trampoline in the age group 13-14 for the second year and he had a sensational win on the trampoline in the Olympic Development Trials, beating all South African senior top gymnasts at the young age of 13, what gave him the "Victor Ludorum" trophy for best male trampoline gymnast in the country. This is without doubt the most extraordinary sports achievement in the history of our organisation. Congratulations to Onke!

Onke Mangele wins the Victor Ludorum Trophy at SA Gymnastics Games

our medallist Khanyile cooling off in hot Pretoria

Siphosethu on trampoline at SA Games

our National Champion Onke Mangele

Second Eastern Cape Trials (15 August)

Due to poor attendance of many members, we went with a small group of gymnasts to the Second Eastern Cape Trials, but the group did well. Most of the gymnasts compete in the highest levels and have not much competition from the other clubs.

Siyabulela at the start of his trampoline routine

some Nemato gymnasts and coach Lunga at Trials

Eastern Cape Academy of Sport (July)

Two of our gymnasts, Siphamandla Baku and Onke Mangele, are supported by the Eastern Cape Academy of Sport. Here they receive tracksuits tracksuits and sports nutrition.

Siphamandla and Onke supported by the Eastern Cape Academy of Sport

Eastern Cape Trials (13 June)

Nemato was with 21 gymnasts at the Eastern Cape Trials in Uitenhage. It was the first competition of the year. After having been a boys club for while, we are happy we had some Nemato girls again at the competition. Where Nemato probably stood out most was at the highest level double mini trampoline, with six of the eight participating boys being Nemato gymnasts.

flying high on tumbling track

Euro trampoline from Lottery (17 May)

Our new trampoline, donated by the National Lottery, arrived. Unfortunately it is short of one safety mat, but that will hopefully be sorted out soon. It is our first competitive level trampoline, it's great. At last our gymnasts can train properly and be well prepared for competitions. We don't have a gymnastics hall, so we have to use it outside and fold and cover the trampoline after use to keep it in good condition. We want to thank the National Lottery for this fantastic piece of equipment!

Khanyile at SA Games last year

Mandy's Camp (18-20 January)

The Eastern Cape Academy of Sport offered us a three day camp at Mandy's Gym. Ten of our gymnasts were invited. It was the start of a new year of training. Many gymnasts did more difficult jumps than ever before, like a fliffis (double front flip followed by a half turn) as first jump on the double mini trampoline.

warm up at Mandy's Camp

practising 'fliffis mount'

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