Well done to our very own Liam de Villiers, of Richards Bay, who has been selected for the 2015 South African Junior Squad from which the South African Junior Team will be selected.
Liam de Villiers at Alkantstrand - Pic by Jane Ferraris
The Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa has named the Management of the 2015 South African Junior Team which will compete in the ISA World Junior Championships next year. The venue and dates of the annual ISA World Junior Championships have yet to be announced by the International Surfing Association.
Isaac February of Cape Town has been appointed Team Manager for the second year in a row. February has plenty of experience having been in charge of the South African Team that competed in the ISA World Surfing Games in 2011 as well as the South African Junior Team in Panama in 2012 and again in Ecuador earlier this year.
Surfing South Africa Coaching Director Greg Emslie of East London is the Head Coach. Emslie, a former World Tour campaigner, multiple National Champion and current ISA World Masters Champion, South African Open Champion and South African Masters Champion will be assisted by former World Pro Am Surfing Champion and five time SA Masters team member David Malherbe who is based in Coffee Bay.
Malherbe, who like Emslie is a qualified ISA Level 2 Coach, has been coaching national and provincial teams as well as elite surfers since 1998.
The 2015 South African Junior Squad from which the South African Junior Team will be selected is made up of nine U18 and 8 U16 Boys and five U18 and U16 Girls.
The selectors will be looking for three U18 and three U16 Boys to join Michael Monk (East London) and Adin Masencamp (Strand) who have qualified for the team as the National Champions in the U17 and u15 Boys categories respectively.
Only one U18 and one U16 Girl will qualify to join Teal Hogg (Umhlanga) and Sophie Bell (Umdloti) who are in the team courtesy of their wins in the U17 and U15 Divisions of the SA Junior Championships.
The U18 Boys selected for the squad are Monk, Matt McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay), Ntando Msibi (Durban), Bevan Willis ( Ballito),Shane Sykes (Salt Rock), Richard Kidd (Ballito),Jordy Maree ( Kalk Bay),Jerry Van Wyk (Jeffreys Bay) and Dillon Fernandes (Muizenberg).
The U16 Boys are Masencamp, Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach),Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay),Sebastian Williams (Jeffreys Bay),Liam de Villiers (Richards Bay),Ford Van Jaarsveldt (Kommetjie),Luke Malherbe (East London),Rewaldo Abersalie (Jeffreys Bay) and Ethan Fletcher (Kommetjie).
Joining Teal Hogg in the U18 Girls group are Anoush Zakarian (Melkbosstrand), Chanelle Botha (Warner Beach),Jade Mets (Salt Rock) and Crystal Hulett ( Cape St Francis). The U16 Girls group are Bell, Ashleigh Vaughan (Port Elizabeth),Natasha Van Greunen ( Muizenberg), Kai Woolf ( Jeffreys Bay) and Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay).
The SA Junior Squad will gather towards the end of January for a four day Selection Camp.
Surfing South Africa is the recognized governing body for the sport and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). All South African surfing teams that participate in international events are ratified by the Board of Directors of Surfing South Africa.
by Surfing South Africa