Right after becoming the first South African Gymnast to win a gold medal in an international competition, Caitlin Rooskrantz has made history yet again.
Competing at the 2019 Artistic World Championships in Germany, Caitlin qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games by scoring 49.466 on all apparatus.
This means that she will become democratic South Africa’s first artistic gymnast to qualify for the Olympics.
Caitlin is the current Senior Uneven Bars South African and African champion, South Africa’s 2018 All-Round champion, and made history last month at the Szombathely Challenge Cup.
The 17-year-old became the first South African to win a gold medal at an international gymnastics competition with her win in the Uneven Bars.
Caitlin’s mom, Veda, says that she struggles to find the words to express how she feels about her daughters win.
She says it is a combination of feeling “overwhelmed, emotional, elated, excited”.
She does however add that she feels that Caitlin’ s success is a sign that they are “noticed and favoured by God” whom she believes “is rewarding and blessing” them for the “loss, pain, struggle, hard work, sacrifices and commitment to the sport”.
Says Veda, “I always knew my child had the talent and the character to go far and I was prepared to make the sacrifices for her to get as far as she could or wanted to.”
The Olympics kicks off next year on the 24th of July in Tokyo, Japan, with the Gymnastics qualifiers starting the next day on the 25th of July.
The event will run up to the 9th of August.