Drakenstein Municipality’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Conrad Poole, congratulated the area’s representatives in the South African Olympic and Paralympic teams.
The Summer Olympic Games take place from Friday, 23 July, to Sunday, 8 August, in Tokyo, Japan. The Summer Paralympic Games are scheduled for 24 August until 5 September in the same city.
Ian Goetham (assistant team manager of the South African road cycling team), Ruswahl Samaai (long jumper), Kurt-Lee Arendse (Springbok sevens rugby player), and Renfred Dazel (assistant coach of the sevens rugby team) are Drakenstein’s representatives at the Summer Olympics.
Elrick Kulsen (cycling team manager) and Ernst van Dyk (hand cyclist) will be flying the Drakenstein flag at the Summer Paralympics.
Executive Mayor Poole said he believes he speaks on behalf of all the residents of Drakenstein when he says they should enjoy the experience and make Drakenstein proud.
“You are part of an elite group of athletes and administrators who will converge on Tokyo for arguably the biggest sport event on earth. You have worked hard and made many sacrifices to get to this point, so go out there and enjoy it.
“You are already winners just by virtue of making it this far, so whether you come home with a medal or without one does not really matter, although it would be a very special achievement if you do bag one… We will follow your performances with great interest and thank you for putting Drakenstein on the map.”
Issued by: Communication and Marketing, Drakenstein Municipality