Living in the fast lane “I don’t know him that well, but the little I have seen of him is very good, he is very motivated in that what he does. Also in the manner that he was talking it sounded that he has a real love for athletics! I think he will still get very if he is running those times at that age. His future looks very bright!” – Emile Erasmus

10322939_10203818383967012_575476141_nThese are the words of one of Tuks’ newest breed of sprinters with about the same physic as the man he is talking about… Eckhardt Rossouw from Kemptonpark coahed by JJ Smith for the last 4 years. Smith won his 100th SA gold medal this year with Eckhardt. Before Eckhardt started at JJ, he did the 100m and 300m hurdles, he was the top athlete in his age at Affies.

Rossouw at the age of 18 already holds blistering pb’s over 100, 200 and 400m at 10.44, 20.77 and 46.46, all three World Junior Champs qualifiers.  If ASA do choose and send our athletes Rossouw will maybe just do the 200m as that is his better item this year, with also a 4th place finish at Senior SA’s with 20.93, same time ran by TUT athlete Lebakeng Sesele. Akani Simbine and Ncincilili Titi. ” My coach and I haven’t spoken about long term plans yet and take things as they come day by day, race for race. Our focus now is on Southern Regional’s this weekend and we are working hard for Worlds, we want to do really good there! We are preparing for a podium position, that’s my dream, but we will be happy with a pb as well. We will use Southern Regional to see where I’m standing now. “. Eckhardt also competed at the World Youth games last year!

Deon Rossouw, who lives for his sons athletics had the following to say “He has always been a good sportsman. At age 9 he went to play indoor cricket for the under 11 team. He has represented Eastern Gauteng at schools at 2 national weeks eg. Standard Bank u/13 week and PG Bison u/15 week. He is a brilliant batsman! But he has given up his cricket now to focus on athletics. His running really means a lot to me, because he always played in a team with the cricket and when they list he always felt it was his fault, with atletics it’s different, it’s just him win or lose, it makes him a better person at home.”

Cristophe Lemaitre is Eckhardt’s inspiration because he shows that sprinting not only has to be dominated by America and Jamaica! Besides from running he would like to go study Law if he could. With Tuks youngster Thando Roto being in the Senior SA 100m final running 10.30 and Eckhardt doing his thing, the next set of upcomming SA sprinters looks to be ready to do great things and give us plenty more amazing races!

“I am where I am today to show everybody in my past who said I wouldn’t make it that I can make it and prove them wrong, it is not always the people that stand by you that motivate you but many times those who don’t believe in you!” – Eckhardt Rossouw

EC Media Manager – Adriaan Aldridge