We love some good team spirit, but there’s nothing that compares to that lekker South African team spirit. You know, the one where a good South African jam is playing in the background, and the rhythm of the beat compels you to tap your feet and start ulating. Well, South African swimmer and current golden girl Tatjana Schoenmaker got a taste of the latter.
According to Team SA, after dominating the women’s 200m breaststroke final and bagging South Africa’s first gold medal, Schoenmaker arrived at the athlete’s village with the entire Team SA there to greet and congratulate her. The lyrics of “Shosholoza!” echoed in the background as her teammates formed a guard of honour for the first Olympic gold medalist for the Tokyo Games.
If that wasn’t enough to send chills down your spine, the 24-year-old went on to receive a call from President Cyril Ramaphosa, who congratulated her on her incredible achievement.
“Congratulations, you have lifted the country, we are all in a good mood. Congratulations on your unbelievable effort,” President Ramaphosa told her.
“It was unbelievable. We honour you, thank you. We’re delighted to have seen this unbelievable performance. A world record? You smashed it!” The President continued.