Olympic swimming champion Roland Schoeman has joined a strong line-up of sports stars, professional golfers, celebrities and business leaders in this week’s Gary Player Invitational at The Lost City Golf Club.
Schoeman makes his third appearance in global golf’s most prestigious charity series after also playing in 2006 and 2008, and said he was delighted to be supporting Player in his ongoing drive to raise funds for underprivileged children in South Africa.
“Gary is an absolute ambassador for this country and we need more role models like him,” said Schoeman.
“There are too many people who bicker and moan about the state of affairs but who aren’t willing to make an active change in this country. We need people that are investing time, money and energy here. We need an event like this golf tournament that is helping out charities. We need to help the youth of this country, otherwise we’re looking at a dismal state of affairs.”
The 10-time world record holder and three-time Olympic medallist forms part of a strong list of sports stars supporting the Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca-Cola, which will be played from 13-15 November.
Graeme Smith, South Africa’s most successful cricket captain, fellow cricketer Mark Boucher and former Bafana Bafana captain Aaron Mokoena are also in the field for the tournament.
They join professionals Player, his son Wayne Player, French stars Jean van de Velde and Thomas Levet, South Africa’s Richard Sterne, and Ladies European Tour players Emma Cabrera-Bello, Carly Booth and Danielle Montgomery.
The celebrities in the field include singers Ronan Keating and Brian McFadden, and radio and television personalities Thomas Msengana and Johnathan Joseph.
This year’s Gary Player Invitational presented by Coca-Cola is set to be one of the most memorable in the history of the series, beginning with South Africa’s greatest sportsman celebrating his 80th birthday at an emotional gathering of family and friends in the Sun City Superbowl on Wednesday evening.