Gemmie fire at USSA Winter Games 2023

Reflecting on an exhilarating run of events, we’re thrilled to announce the impressive achievements of our Gemmie teams at the University Sports South Africa (USSA) Winter Games 2023.

The athletes, representing Sol Plaatje University (SPU), showcased exceptional talent and grit on the winter sports arena, validating the anticipation and excitement generated in the heartfelt send-off at South Campus.

Their performances were spurred on by the resounding words of Ms Elmien Cloete, Senior Manager for Sports, and the inspiring guidance of their captains, who urged them to embrace the challenges and grow in their respective teams at the farewell function on the eve of the games. “Challenge yourselves and strive for excellence as you participate in these games. Embrace the challenge. The competition may be fierce, the pressure may be high but that is where you grow in your teams. Have fun, create memories and let them feel the Gemmie Fire!” urged Ms Cloete.

The Gemmies took these words to heart, braving fierce competition and high-pressure situations, and truly embodied the spirit of #GemmieFire. They demonstrated a relentless pursuit of excellence, proving that they are not just participants, but formidable contenders in the winter sports arena. Now, we take pride in sharing the incredible results they’ve earned.


Ballroom and Latin

Level 2 Latin: Gold

All Gents: Two Gold

Level 2 Single Ladies: Bronze

Viva Espanola: Bronze

Overall position: 6th

Hip Hop

Hip Hop Formation: Bronze

Hip Hop Popping Duo: Gold for King Moima and Keamogetse Kabari

Hip Hop Duo Mixed: Silver for Kobamelo Sekwenyane and Karabo Monnahela

Hip Hop Duo Female: Bronze for Tshepiso Lebolo and Nonkululeko Mehlo

Solo Female: Silver for Nonkululeko Mehlo

Freestyle Battles Female: Gold for Tshepiso Lebelo

Freestyle Battles Males: Silver for Kobomelo Sekwenyane

Outstanding achievement: King Moima received a whopping five Gold medals for Hip Hop Popping Duo, Solo Males, Popping Solo, Afrodance Solo, and Locking Solo

Overall USSA 2023 Hip Hop Winners



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Ladies under 55KG: Bronze for Boitumelo

Men Under 60Kg: Silver for Sisonke Nyathi

Men Under 75kg: Bronze for Vuyo Ntobelo and 4th place for Mncedisi Mohlala




5th in C section, a significant leap from the 12th position in 2022.


Congratulations to all our Gemmies! Your accomplishments have truly set the arena ablaze with #GemmieFire.

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