Cape Town - Springbok Women's Sevens coach Renfred Dazel has included former South African Olympic athlete Janice Josephs in his training squad on a trial basis as he looks to increase the depth in his squad.
Josephs, a former heptathlon athlete, who specialised in long-jump, high-jump and 200m sprints, participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and won several medals competing for SA during her athletics career.
Cape-based teacher Zaandre Theron, who represented South Africa at Under-19 and Under-21 level in netball and softball, has also been training with the squad.
Theron participated in the 2012 Houston and Amsterdam Sevens tournaments and was recently selected to represent South Africa in touch rugby.
Josephs and Theron have been training with the squad in Stellenbosch for the last two weeks.
"Janice and Zaandre both have solid sporting backgrounds and they understand the physical and mental demands to be successful athletes," Dazel said.
"Zaandre has played Sevens before even though she comes from a touch rugby background, and as a result of that, she has slotted in with ease at training.
"Janice on the other hand is fairly new in the sport, but she has played 15-a-side rugby for the Pniel Villagers club, so we are still working closely with her to develop her skills. She is, however, enjoying Sevens and she is keen to learn, so we are phasing her in to training steadily."