Theodore Nothling

PB 800m-1: 50:12
PB 1500m-3: 48:6

OK, we’ll admit that his calves are impossible to miss, but we can assure you that it had no influence on our decision to brag about this homegrown athlete. Theo is one of 3 children and still very close with his whole family. Whenever he gets a chance, he will go home to spend time with his family and indulge in his mom’s food.

With his dad (Pieter Nothling) being a middle distance coach at Wonderboom High, it was only natural for him to fall in love with running. This is the same school who Theodore ran for in his high school years in AGN with countless races against now also upcoming u/23 stars Moses Dirane and Johnathan Bredenkamp. Surprisingly, Nothling only started running in his grade 6 year.

EC Media Manager Adriaan Aldridge recalls “In my matric year Johnathan and I was quite a formidable team at Zwartkop High and we knew that when the Jacaranda Interhigh came Theodore would be the man to beat. We tried our level best on the day but could only come home with silver and bronze in both 1500 and 3000 as Theodore won the 800, 1500 and 3000 on that occasion. If memory serves correct his times were 1:56, 3:59 and 8:49. Not long after in even better shape we faced him at Gauteng champs where he once again prevailed with a 2nd overall and he went to represent Gauteng at Schools SA’s.”

At the age of 21, he has the world at his feet. In his very first race at North West University he opened up the year with a 3:51 on the 1500m running side by side with Mauritz Tuit. Today his focus is on the 800m and 1500m. Nothling is not afraid to dream. Especially when it comes to his running career. When asking what his five-year plan is, Theodore replies specifically that he has a six-year plan. Clearly, he has put much thought into this. The six-year plan includes competing at the Student World Champs in 2015 and representing South Africa at the Olympics in 2020.

The u/23 Championships this year was a highlight for Theodore. He came 3rdin the 1500m. Potch Running Project is his current training base with coach Jean Verster. Aside from his running achievements, Theodore is planning on doing his BHSC honours degree in Tourism next year.

We are keeping all eyes on Theodore. Eagles Club wishes you all the success you are striving for. We would be privileged to report on your Olympic achievements in six years time. #ICANSOAR #EC #Backtrack

EC PR Manager – Jana Jacobs