Sun City - Olympic swimming gold medallist,
Roland Schoeman, has joined a strong line-up of sports
stars, professional golfers, celebrities and business leaders in this
week's Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca-Cola at The Lost
City Golf Club.
Schoeman will make his third appearance in global
golf's most prestigious charity series after also playing in
2006 and 2008, and said he was delighted to be supporting Player in
his ongoing drive to raise funds for underprivileged children in South
"Gary is an absolute ambassador for this
country and we need more role models like him," said Schoeman.
"There are too many people who bicker and
moan about the state of affairs but who aren't willing to make an active
change in this country. We need people that are investing time,
money and energy here. We need an event like this golf tournament
that is helping out charities. We need to help the youth of this country,
otherwise we're looking at a dismal state of affairs."
The 10-time world record holder and three-time
Olympic medallist forms part of a fantastic list of sports stars
supporting the Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca-Cola, which will
be played from November 13-15.
Graeme Smith, South Africa's most successful
cricket captain, fellow cricketer Mark Boucher and former Bafana Bafana
captain Aaron Mokoena are also in the field for the tournament.
They join professionals Player, his son Wayne
Player, French stars Jean van de Velde and Thomas Levet, South
Africa's Richard Sterne, and Ladies European Tour players Emma Cabrera-Bello,
Carly Booth and Danielle Montgomery.
The celebrities in the field include singers
Ronan Keating and Brian McFadden, and radio and television personalities
Thomas Msengana and Johnathan Joseph.This year's Gary Player Invitational presented by
Coca-Cola is set to be one of the most memorable in the history of
the series, beginning with South Africa's greatest sportsman
celebrating his 80th birthday at an emotional gathering of family and friends
in the Sun City Superbowl on Wednesday evening.