PRETORIA– President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated Team South Africa on bringing home 37 medals from the recently concluded 2018 Commonwealth Games on Gold Coast, Australia, where they won 13 gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze medals across a broad range of disciplines.

Team South Africa ended in sixth position on the medals table in a competition which featured some of the world’s strongest sporting nations as well as emerging States.

We are immensely proud of our team for this outstanding performance that has placed the spotlight not just on our sporting prowess but also on how our society is creating opportunities for all South Africans to realise their human potential, said President Ramaphosa on Monday.

Among South Africa’s top achievers were swimmers Tatjana Schoenmaker, Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh, who achieved six medals combined, while sprinter Akani Simbine won the country’s first ever gold medal in the 100 metres sprint.

Middle distance runner Caster Semenya won gold for the women’s 800 and 1,500 metres, while Martin Erasmus won South Africa’s first Commonwealth wrestling gold medal in 60 years.

The President encouraged South Africans to support the country’s athletes and their governing structures to ensure even greater performances moving forward. He reiterates the importance of sports in building a healthy and cohesive society.

The President will personally congratulate the athletes when he meets the members of Team South Africa following his return from the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting being held in London this week.

President Ramaphosa and his delegation lefyt for London Monday evening.