A selected team from Rhodes University DanceSport took podium positions in their respective sections at the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF) Open Championships. The event was hosted for the first time in Africa, in Gaborone, on 16 to 18 May, which saw six countries participating. This marked the first time that Rhodes University DanceSport sent couples to compete outside the country.
The club competed as a team under the banner of Rhodes University and not as individual couples in their own right. Rhodes University was the only university competing. All couples took podium placings in at least one, if not both, of their divisions. Together the team brought back six gold, six silver and four bronze medals with one couple ranking fifth overall in the Standard Division of the Gaborone WDSF World Open (Championship level). The Rhodes University team consisted of Christopher Rafael with Candice Ryan (Latin), Andreas Astier with Fiona Drummond (Standard and Latin), Khaka Mpofu with Phuttie Masenya (Standard), Khaka Mpofu with Layla Radosavljevic (Latin), Evan Miles with Layla Radosavljevic (Standard), Evan Miles with Kelsey Scott (Latin) and Damon Hook with Emily Haldane (Standard and Latin). “Candice and I made the final in the World Latin Championship division against six other countries! It was an amazing feeling. One of my level section couples was invited to compete in the World Open Standard division and came fifth overall. I cried tears of joy - In total we brought back 16 podium position medals,”
The Italian trainer Giovanni Chiapperini travelled to Botswana in the beginning of January 2014 to work with a number of countries in the region on developing DanceSport further.
The World DanceSport Federation - WDSF is the world governing body for DanceSport. It was founded 1957 and is now a non-governmental international organisation constituted under Swiss law. Our SA Body FEDANSA is a member.
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