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South Africa's female footballers


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In training for the Olympics.

South Africa's women's football team is the first in the country's history to qualify for the games.

Although the team is dreaming of winning gold, their debut is about more than the glory alone.

Women's football is not yet professional in South Africa, so the team wants to raise the profile of the sport and inspire more young female athletes.

in training for

practising for

to qualify for

to get to the final stage of


great achievement, high honour


something people are paid to do

to raise the profile of

to increase awareness of


Use one of the words or phrases below to complete each of these sentences from BBC News reports.

Note that you may have to change the form of a word to complete the sentence correctly.

training / to qualify for / glory / professional / to raise the profile of

1. All eyes may be on the England football team as they battle for Euro 2012 success, but a more mechanical squad from Devon is also bidding for ________.

2. Ugandan track event athletes have blamed their failure ________________ the Olympics on the inferior track they were forced to use for time trials.

3. Although a former _________ diver, it was his first time under water in more than a decade and his morale was high after the 100 hours were up, organisers said.

4. "We can look forward to welcoming many elite Olympians and Paralympians to these shores," she said. "This will help ______________________ the sports and facilities we have on offer and I hope will inspire our local athletes of tomorrow."

5. Uefa has confirmed there were "isolated incidents of racist chanting" aimed at Netherlands players during an open _____________ session for Euro 2012.




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to qualify for




to raise the profile of



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