2aBeing a sprinter from North West University (where she studies), known for their middle and long distances as well as javelin, Melissa Hewitt is making quite a stand against the Tuks sprint factory together with Stellenbosch sprint queen Justine Palframan. This year Hewitt has ran her 100m and 200m pb’s at 11.50 and 23.19 under coach Gert Swanepoel who is also her fiance! 11.50, The fastest in the country this year equals the fastest time ran by a South African last year(Carina Horn) and the 23.19 ran behind the 23.02 of Justine Palframan both beat the fastest time by woman ran last year.

Hewitt lives by the quote “Everything happens for a reason” and her goal is to go further with her athletics and to compete at the Olympics, so maybe she ran those two pb’s this year for a reason because she is being prepared for something much bigger coming up! “My biggest motivation is the Lord! He gave me the talent and I’ll  keep using it till I can’t anymore.” Her coach and fiance  Gert Swanepoel does decathlon and inspires and motivates her everyday on and off the athletics track. She says that he is hard on her when it need be at training but they listen and trust each other. Training that takes place on the Kenneth Mcarthur track in Potchefstroom.

With amazing performances by top class sprinters like Akani Simbine, Simon Magakwe, Melissa Hewitt, Justine Palframan and top class juniors like Simone Du Plooy, Thando Roto and Eckhardt Rossouw (just to name a few), it seems like South African sprinting has been taken to a new level this year and this serves as proof that South African athletics is not done yet! Keep your head held high and join the movement to BRING TRACK BACK!

“Never give up on trying to accomplish a goal because on that perfect day, hard work will pay off. Just keep on going” – Melissa Hewitt

EC Media Manager – Adriaan Aldridge