Sonwabiso Skhosana

“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” -Muhammed Ali

Fresh out of his first major global championship, Skhosana is reflecting on the life changing experience, “World Champs were an eye-opener and were filled with lots of life changing experiences. It’s given me much more wisdom and inspired change in my athletics”. It’s remarkable what this nineteen year old has done in the last two seasons in the 400m, taking his best time from a 48.11 to an impressive 46.11! Two whole seconds!

But this shouldn’t be a surprise as he’s always had the potential, recalling his earliest memories of athletics,”I was six years old running the 150m. With the first 50m having only 4 lanes with 8 runners. I fell face first at the start, but in the end I still won the race!” He proudly states Michael Johnson as his idol not only because of his amazing track feats but also because Johnson holds a Bachelors Degree in Business. Sonwabiso himself has things “on track” with his academics as well matriculating in 2013 with 5 distinctions, he’ll be studying accounting in the USA very soon.

Skhosana credits all his success to the wonderful support he gets from his family, friends, team mates, his coach and his most importantly the Word of the Lord. As he begins to make the transition from Junior ranks to the senior ranks, as well with the new environment and studies, he takes with him a lesson and something he always stands by,”The strongest, favorite or the best aren’t guaranteed to win, it’s about who works the hardest and wants it the most.”

SA plays host to plenty top 400m athletes including newly crowned SA record holder Wayde van Niekerk, Olympian Shuan de Jager and plenty more class athletes who easily run 46. Pieter Conradie was one of these athletes who also took the route to USA the home of World 400m record holder Michael Johnson and current USA Champ Leshawn Merrit. According to IAAF results of World Juniors Skhosana ran an unofficial 45.70 on the first leg of the relay at the World Junior Champs this year. This shows that he has loads of potential and EC would like to wish him all the best in his endeavors to the American circuit and his studies. We will be keeping a close eye on him and his achievements that side and hope to see him in a senior RSA 4 x 400m team next time we see him in the SA colors! All the best and goodluck Skhosie!

EC Media Manager – Adriaan Aldridge
In collaboration with Anthony Mwanga