Have you seen what our men and women have accomplished in hockey recently? Our national players are going to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games!
This is a major achievement for each one of these players and it doesn’t come without hard work. The start to any journey towards an Olympic dream is merely a decision to pursue the Olympics. Once this decision is made, your focus begins to change, and eventually you gain enough momentum to achieve your goals big and small.
This is an exhilarating time to begin following our teams into their great success. There are forty-four South African women and forty-five South African men on their way to Tokyo next year! Many of these are frequent coaches on our courses around the country. Not only are the players going to the Olympics, but also the technical officials and organizing committees for South African Hockey and African Hockey that play a vital role in getting our teams to their end goals.
Kirsty Adams, Stephanie Baxter, Quanita Bobbs, Kara Botes, Casey-Jean Botha, Stephanie Botha, Dirkie Chamberlain, Isabella da Rocha, Ashley Datnow, Lilian du Plessus, Courtney du Preez, Mishka Eliis, Celia Evans, Tegan Fourie, Tarryn Glasby, Simone Gouws, Erin Hunter, Lizanne Jacobs, Lezaan Jansen van Vuuren, Robyn Johnson, Jessica Lardant, Charne Maddocks, Ongeziwe Mali, Tarryn Mallet, Marizen Marais, Toni Marks, Jade Maybe, Phumelela Mbande, Mmatshepo Modipane, Edith Molikoe, Kristen Paton, Hannah Pearce, Nepo Serage, Shindre-Lee Simmons, Sandi Tabata, Sylvia van Jaarsveldt, Marelize van Tonder, Marguerite van Wyk, Izelle Verster, Nomnikelo Veto, Nicole Walraven, Bianca Wood, Onthathile Zulu.
Erasmus Pieterse, Estiaan Kriek, Sita Molutshungu, Gowan Jones, Gareth Heyns, Courtney Hallé, Andrew Hobson, Daniel Bell, Connor Beauchamp, Mathew Guise-Brwon, Le-Neal Jackson, Mohamen Mea, Jethro Eustice, Taylor Dart, Gody van Wyk, Owen Mvimbi, Nic Spooner, Chad Futcher, Rusten Abrahams, Alex Stewart, Mustapha Cassiem, Charlie Bowren, Tyson Dlungwana, Peabo Lembethe, Taine Paton, Mathew De Sousa, Luke Wynford, Richard Pautz, Ignatius Malgraff, Ryan Julius, Dayaan Cassiem, Keenan Horne, Ryan Crowe, Nqobile Ntuli, Tevin Kok, Amkelwe Letuka, Austin Smith, Tim Drummond, Mathew Brown, Jared Cass, Sam Mvimbi, Daniel Sibbald, Clinton Panther, Miguel Da Graca, Brad Sherwood.
Eight women’s teams (Japan, Argentina, South Africa, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, China, Australia) and eight men’s teams (Japan, Argentina, South Africa, Belgium, Australia, Spain, The Netherlands, Canada) play in a round robin format. Once the top four in each respective format are established they will play in the quarter finals. From that, they will establish the semi-finals.
The Men’s gold medal match: 6Th August 2020 at 7:00pm-9:30pm (Tokyo Time)
The Women’s gold medal match: 7th August 2020 at 7:00pm-9:30pm (Tokyo Time)
Check out the Olympic Channel for more information.
Our teams’ success is a boost to our country but also to the African continent. You can follow other events coming up like the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, FIH Hockey World Cup, and the Commonwealth Games 2022.
We wish our teams all the greatest success and happiness for this exciting chapter in their journey! It’s time to start dreaming about your future, think of what part you could play in the next generation of SA Hockey – we want to help you!