Madibaz swimmer Alaric Basson wants to be a medal contender when he competes in his third World Student Games in Napoli in Italy next month.
The event takes place from July 3 to 14 and the ace breaststroker is one of four Madibaz Sport personnel in the South African squad.
The others are Madibaz director of sport Yoliswa Lumka, the SA delegation deputy head, Andrew Kock, who will manage the athletics team, and social media officer Brittany Blaauw.
Basson said he would be seeking an improvement on past performances.
“I will be competing in all the breaststroke events at the Games and the aim is to make a final and put in a good swim to come away with a medal,” he said.
Lumka said they were excited about the Madibaz representation in the squad.
“The hope is to keep increasing the number of representatives we have in national teams,” she said.
Madibaz sprinter Luxolo Adams was also included in the squad, but Kock said he had to withdraw through injury.
“It is a pity because Luxolo would have definitely been a medal contender,” he added.
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.
“It’s always an honour to represent your country and this time I felt surprised at first and then honoured and excited to have been shortlisted and then appointed.
“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.”
Blaauw, a Madibaz Sport public relations intern, will be attending her first World Student Games.
“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,” she said.
“The aim is also to create exposure for all the #TeamSA student sportsmen and women, as well as for the organisation itself.”