Three times a charm - Zinzi Chabangu

photo by Trevlyn Palframan

Three seems to be the main number in Chabangu’s life. But she does not wait for the third chance, she takes all three!

This year alone Zinzi has broken the SA triple jump junior record 3 times!”– Written in 2014

This is what we wrote about Zinzi about a year ago and she has repeated that form this year. She has bettered her SA junior record at Junior SA’s, then again at Senior SA’s and once again at USSA’s. Last year when we spoke to Zinzi her distance was 12.93 and she has bettered that to a 13.18m this year.

She goes to Monument high and is not sure yet what University she will go to.” – Written in 2014

It is an astonishment how the graduate from Hoёrskool Monument High School began her journey as a jumper. She was a sprinter her whole life, from primary till high school untill Zinzi was introduced into the pit by a former monumentaar Uncial Haupt who led Zinzi to a new chapter of a Jumpers life. Zinzi is now studying at University of Johannesburg doing her national diploma in Sports Management.

There is a saying in athletics that medals last forever, but records are only borrowed by the athletes who hold them. I guess not in Zinzi’s case. She broke the SA record three times for Triple Jump with a distance of 13.18m and jumped a personal best in the Long Jump with a distance of 6.32m. She doesn’t seem to be just borrowing that SA record.

I feel really privileged that I broke the SA record. I never thought I could, because it has been tough adapting from high school to varsity, but this just shows that when the Lord has planned something no one can change it”.

When asked what helped her adapt from high school to senior level she replied, “Keeping my focus and drafting my goals down has made me adapt from high school to varsity, knowing what I want in life”. For Chabangu her daily routine is now much different from High School, now being able to do whatever she wants whenever she wants whereas in school she was stuck in a very busy routine.

Zinzi is one of the athletes to qualify for Southern Regions and World Student Games. She aims to do her best and maybe improve the SA record again and also improve her Long Jump. In her spare time she enjoys relaxing and having time to herself, mostly spending time with her family when she gets off at school. Her advice to up and coming jumpers is as follows

Young athletes should focus on improving their technique, stay humble and should not do it for the fame but to inspire people and do it out of passion”.

Gena and Zinzi

Wrtten by Tebogo Mamathu