Victorious Van Onselen

Coached by George Bradley since 2010 at Amamzintoti Athletics club, Lisha Van Onselen has been dominating the 1500m from day one and boasts a personal best of 4:38.80 in this event and a 2:18.32 for the 800m. Van Onselen earned herself a silver medal for the u19 1500m last week at the SA schools’ championships in Rustenburg.

But now at Club SA’s Lisha will have to face different opponent as the World XC athletes have now returned. Will Lisha be able to prevail this time over the strong contingency that Gauteng provides in the likes of athletes like Carina Viljoen? Certianly with the advice from her coach, George, she can overcome anything, who emphasized on the importance of mental toughness and self belief. He also said that your mental state determines how far you can go and whether you become your biggest help or biggest enemy.

Lisha, who was a KZN action netball player and a Cross Country athlete now focuses solely on track and looks up to the likes of Paula Radcliffe (British Marathon runner/ WR holder) for her mental strength and ability to embrace pain.

Van Onselen’s ultimate goal is to represent SA at the Olympic Games and be invited to run at Diamond leagues. Next year, Lisha plans on studying Sport Science.

Lisha’s passion for athletics derives from her need to push herself to the limit to see how far she can go. The sense of accomplishment and freedom she feels during running pushes her to reach her potential.

We would like to wish Lisha all the best as she will be participating along with many other top athletes at the Sub-youth, youth, junior and u23 championships in Bloemfontein next week. And remember- “whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t-you’re right” – Henry Ford.

Article written by: Gabriella Pekelharing