World Number Two in Kickboxing joins the SANDF.

19 February 2015

KICKBOXING The photo was taken after Pte Gregory Gans triumphed against his international opponent from Azerbaijan

KICKBOXING The photo was taken after Pte Gregory Gans triumphed against his international opponent from Azerbaijan

Pte Gregory Gans currently busy with basic military training at Lephalale (SA Military Health Service) is arguably the best combatant in South Africa within his weight class (under 75kg), being the South African Kickboxing Champion and the South African Boxing Champion.

Pte Gans, known as “The Hitman” in the boxing and kickboxing circles,has recently during the SA National Amateur Boxing Organisation (SANABO) round robin boxing event, caused great excitement among the spectators when he fought like a real SANDF warrior against the SANABO boxers who have been earmarked to compete in the 2016 Olympics.

The performances of Pte Gans during the said event secured him a definite place within the SANABO Squad and his road to the 2016 Olympics has begun. From now until the 2016 Olympics the SANABO team will be subjected to a full programme consisting of training camps and international competitions, such as the All Africa Games and the World Championships. This will be a very hard and exciting road to Olympic glory for the only SANDF boxer in the
SA Team.

Pte Gans was part of the Military Academy’s community sport outreach programme instituted in 2009 by the then Commandant of the Military Academy, Maj Gen Lindile Yam, a programme which was further strongly supported by the current Commandant, Brig Gen Lawrence Mbatha. At the time Pte Gans was only 13 years of age and shown exceptional talent. Together with his father, Mr Errol Gans, he was taken under the wing of Capt Josh Cloete, the Physical Training, Sport and Recreation (PTSR) Officer of the Military Academy, to pursuit sporting excellence within the boxing and kickboxing world.

With extremely hard work and dedication he obtained his National Colours (Protea) for Kickboxing within the first year of starting with the sport. He won the 2009 SA Kickboxing Championships and was selected for the National Team whereafter he represented the country in an international bilateral
competition against Mauritius and won his fight with a spectacular knock-out. He went on to represent South Africa in numerous international events, including two World Kickboxing Championships in 2012 and 2014 whereby he brilliantly achieved second place during both World Championships.

Alongside with the kickboxing Capt Cloete also registered Pte Gans withthe Local Boxing Federations in order to compete in boxing competitions as well. Subsequently he became the Western Cape Champion and won the SANABO Championships in 2012 and 2014. Adding to this achievement, he also won the boxing
title at the 2012 SA Youth Games held in Polokwane.

This year will be a very busy sporting year for this young soldier;SANDF Boxing has not had such an exciting athlete for a very long time. His attitude towards this sporting code and physical fitness can only make him a great ambassador for SANDF sport holistically. Pte Gans already received great respect from his peers and seniors within the boxing and kickboxing fraternity within the country at large.