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Stephanie Sandler

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Hometown  Cape Town
Years on national team  2000-2011
Home town  Cape Town
Discipline  Rhythmic gymnastics
Residence  Stellenbosch
Height  1.72 m
Retired  2011
Country represented  South Africa
Born  9 October 1987 (age 29) Cape Town (1987-10-09)
Level  Senior International Elite

Stephanie Molly Emma Sandler (born 9 October 1987) is a South African individual rhythmic gymnast. She represented her nation at various international competitions. She was the first South African rhythmic gymnast to participate at an Olympic Games.



She participated at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

She is a 3 times silver medalist from the Commonwealth Youth Games, in Bendigo, Australia. She finished 7th all around in the 2004 ribbon apparatus final, at the Julietta Shishmanova Grand Prix in Bulgaria.

She has won various National Championships and African Championship titles. She also competed at the world championships, including at the 2003, 2005 and 2007 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships.

She was unable to attend the 2009 or 2010 World Championships, due to injuries, for which she eventually needed operations. Stephanie is currently one of two South African rhythmic gymnasts who have received "world class status" from the FIG.

She officially retired after the 2011 World Universiades.

Stephanie's favourite apparatus is the rope. In competition, her rope, ribbon and clubs produced some of her best results. Stephanie's father, is a Russian Jew (Ashkenazi) and her mother is South African born, of Swedish descent.


Stephanie has one brother, David Aaron Ray Sandler, (born 12 June 1989) who is a former fencer for the South African national team, as well as half and step siblings.


Stephanie Sandler Wikipedia

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