South Africa

TeamSA Rise!

2016-03-08 12:06

Cape Town - With around five months - and exactly six months - to go before Rio Olympics and Paralympics swing into action respectively, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) launched an exciting campaign named ‘TeamSA Rise’ in Johannesburg on Monday.

The #teamSArise viral campaign is aimed at supporting South Africa’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes as they make their final preparations to represent the nation at the biggest international sporting events. The campaign will feature on the social media platforms of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube and all South Africans are urged to join in the conversation and support TeamSA as they continue with their journey to Rio.

Commuters travelling between Pretoria and Johannesburg spotted a banner (see banner below) that has been erected at Waterfall City in Midrand asking all to #RISE and this has created lots of excitement. Twitter was abuzz on Monday morning with people tweeting and retweeting about this exciting campaign.

Says SASCOC CEO, Mr Tubby Reddy: ‘In recent times South African citizens have been chanting songs ending with the phrase "... must fall’, but our late icon Nelson Mandela alluded to sport as having the power to change the world. The excitement continues to mount as our road to Rio destination draws closer, and we truly believe TeamSA will rise and do us proud as a nation.’

Supporting Reddy’s call for support, SASCOC president Mr Gideon Sam said: ‘The Road To Rio 2016 Campaign that started immediately after the London 2012 Olympic Games is now entering the final stretch.

‘To intensify the Rio 2016 Campaign, we are now launching the TeamSA Rise Campaign. Simply put, this is our way of raising awareness about the Games, our athletes and the sponsors who support our TeamSA to Rio.

‘We know that the SA public are ready to support the team as we get ever closer to the Games by meeting and getting to know our athletes. Through this campaign we will show SA why we think 10 medals for this campaign is achievable! Team SA will rise in Rio but to do that we need the support of all South Africans.’

Join us and support TeamSA on:

Twitter: @teamsa16

Hashtag: #teamSArise

Facebook: Team South Africa

Read more on:    sascoc  |  olympics 2016


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

How should the 2019/20 English Premier League title race be resolved?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.