Pamela Moyikwa - Never Underestimate Yourself

Pamela Moyikwa was born in Cape Town on 11 April, 1996.  Moyikwa’s natural speed was noticed by the coaches at her school and she began to focus entirely on running under the guidance of Sandi. At the moment Pamela is running for VOB athletics club.

At the age of 16 she already qualified for the Western Province team. In 2011, Pamela Moyikwa made a serious change, replacing her long-time coach by Bulelani Bhebha and joining VOB athletics club. She then reached the top 5 rankings in Western Cape.

In 2012 Pamela claimed two silver medals at Western Province junior championships behind Zani Kruger in both the 1500m and the 3000m, running 4:36.43 and 10:41.43 respectively.  In 2013 Pamela became Western Province’s youth champion when she won the 3000m with a time of 10:50.26.

In 2014 Moyikwa broke her 3000m personal best time of 10:41.43 when she ran 10:02.32 and won silver medal at the SA junior championships. The year 2015 proved to be the breakthrough for Moyikwa when she earned two meals at SA junior champs in Bloemfontein. She won gold in the 5000m and silver in the 4x400m relay with teammates Carla Stevens, Rozelle Meir and Carla Johnson. Pamela was chosen for the Western Province team for 2015 ASA championships held in Stellenbosch. She was eliminated in the first round of 1500m when she finished 8th with a time of 4:51.91.

Currently Pamela is ranked first in the 5000m for her age category, seeing that she won gold in 5000m early this year. She was also selected as a reserve for the South African cross country team at the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China.

Personal bests:

-1500m: 4min 44sec

-3000m: 10min 02sec

-5000m: 17min 07sec

-15km: 58min 26sec

Pamela’s main goal is to represent South Africa in the Olympic Games. She also aims to break the SA record in the 5000m. The record was set by Elana Meyer in 1995 (14:04.08sec).

Who is behind the success of this girl?

Her coach, Bulelani Bhebha, makes her stay focused and teaches her not to underestimate herself. Besides her coach, Genzele Dibaba, the 1500m world record holder, inspires her to keep moving and not to give up on her dreams. Her training partner, Busisiwe Gwala, also plays a huge role to help her to stay on track because they motivate each other.

Written by Vusumizi Ziki Bolt