Simonay Weitsz

Pb’s

800 – 2:17
1500 – 4:29
3000 – 9:37
5km – 16:29
10km – 35:46

It is mind blowing to think that these are only personal best times of a 15 year old school girl from Hoerskool Kemptonpark. Simonay Weitsz is showing her class at a very young age challenging the older athletes like in the SPAR ladies 10km race where she ran the 35:46. Weitsz is also a 2014 Academy athlete where she gave some of the boys a very hard time in training and the Halls 10km. She is very determined and always wants to give her best no matter what, even when told to take it down a notch.

Weitsz says her biggest achievements till now has been to win Athletics SA’s in 2014 and Cross Country SA’s in 2013 and 2014, also that she could win the schools u/17 3000m title with a pb time being only 15 and then a week later to better that pb at Clubs SA’s in Stellenbosch. She came from EG Jansen where she trained with Willie Engelbrecht for most her running career so far but she is now in Kemptonpark where she trains under head Academy coach JJ Smith. She says athletes like Eckardt Rossouw and Yster Louw in her training group inspires her to keep training hard.

“The first time I started running cross country I liked it, the running bug bit me and now I can’t stop!”

Her mother and father are her biggest inspirations because of all the support and interest they give her and her sport. “They always make sure I get to training and my races because I love running”.  When asked what brought her to where she is today she also answered much wiser than any average 15 year old saying “The gift God gave me got me this far, and all the glory goes to Him. Together with all the hard training and coaching I have done and received the last 6 years I have also been blessed to be injury free.”

With Simonay it is very evident that all she wants to do is enjoy the sport, and then the achievements will follow. This is a valuable lesson for all athletes to learn that winning is not always everything but the enjoyment of what you do is much more important. Weitsz wants to get selected for the 2016 World Junior team and that is the main thing she is working for. If things continue the way they do then she might achieve much much more than that. Simonay Weitsz we wish you the best of luck and may all your dreams come true!

“As a person who also performed at an early age, sometimes you don’t realise how good you are when you are good, that could be a good or a bad thing. If I were her I would keep doing whatever it is that she is currently doing, remain grounded and focused as there are many challenges that are waiting for her especially as a teenage girl. I mean South Africa lacks a lot of women on the international stage and it would be great to have another young lady flying our flag. She has phenomenal talent and she shouldn’t let it go to waste. Wow I’m actually quite amazed by her times” – These are the words of Zintle Sinqe the daughter of legendary athlete and race commentator Zithulele Sinqe and soon wife to be of SA’s leading long distance athlete Stephen Mokoka.

EC Media Manager – Adriaan Aldridge