The coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak has all affected us in unique ways. For Caitlin Rooskrantz, an 18-year-old gymnast, it stripped away a historic opportunity for her to represent South Africa at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Dreams delayed: SA gymnastics loses chance to make history at The Olympics
The athletics competition is one of many major events that was cancelled due to the spread of the deadly virus.
For Rooskrantz, the virus plagued her chance to fly the South African flag high in the gymnastics arena. On 6 October 2019, the 18-year-old became the first female gymnast in over a decade to qualify for The Olympic Games.
She would never realise this life-long dream as the Tokyo Olympic Games were postponed on 24 March 2020.
Stricken of the opportunity to contend for the gold medal in the sport, Rooskrantz was left to face the reality that her goals would have to be pushed back until the world recovers from Covid-19.
Watch: Caitlin Rooskrantz performs Olympic routine
On this day, she would have been in Tokyo, Japan, performing her routine. To make up for this loss, Sanlam rallied on the nation to tune into a YouTube stream where she would be granted the opportunity — and the audience — to perform her Olympic routine.
You can watch Rooskrantz’ performance in the video we have embedded below: