KPMG started their running club off with a bang in 2015 and did not fail to disappoint in 2016. The KPMG club consists of 3 pillars, the KPMG Vorentoe Running Academy, the Mainstream Running Club and then their Elite and Development squads. This launch was all about welcoming five new athletes to the Elite family at KPMG. “It…
KPMG started their running club off with a bang in 2015 and did not fail to disappoint in 2016. The KPMG club consists of 3 pillars, the KPMG Vorentoe Running Academy, the Mainstream Running Club and then their Elite and Development squads. This launch was all about welcoming five new athletes to the Elite family at KPMG.
“It is all about the athlete in the KPMG running club. It is about supporting the athlete, it’s about developing the athletes. No exceptions. That is very key to everything we do at the club” – Pierre Jacobs.
KMPG have partnered up with companies like Adidas, Tomtom, Sziols and 32GI to give their athletes the support they need.
Before they announced the names Pierre Jacobs the head of Marketing and Communications at KPMG first expressed his views and opinions concerning athletics and running in South Africa, and one thing stood out from his speech and that is that he wants to see athletics change for the better and he is passionate not only about the short term solutions but long term as well. It is great to see a big corporate company getting involved in Bringing Track Back!
“Sport and athletics is dominated by men to a large extent. And we want to change that”, was Pierre’s words after stating that their club has more women than men. And with that being said, their first athlete announced surprised a few. We saw Rene Kalmer lurking around and thought it to be her, but sister Christine Kalmer was announced to be part of the KPMG team in 2016.
“It is really good to have a big corporate company to start investing in athletics and to see what they do for the juniors and senior athletes as well. What KPMG is doing and planning for athletics and road running is exciting to see.” – Christine Kalmer
Kenilwe Sesing who is a road running athlete that races from the 10km to the marathon was the second lady on the list. Kenilwe who holds a personal best of 2:43.38 in tha marathon will be looking to run sub 2:40 in the KPMG blue this year.
Third athlete announced was Tumisang Monnatlala. Tumisang finished school last year coming from the Vorentoe Running Academy. Last year he represented South Africa at the World Champs for the steeple chase and will be looking to qualify for Rio this year. Monnatlala is looking to run 8:25-8:27 this year. Saestad, his coach, believes he can run 8:22.
Thandi Sehohle was the fourth athlete to join the team. Also a former KPMG Vorentoe Academy athlete. Thandi is looking to run a 2:06 on the 800m this year but she not only excels in that but also in distances from the 1500m to the road running circuit as well.
The last athlete came as the biggest surprise of all on the day. 2015 Two Oceans and Comrades champion Caroline Wostmann is set to join the wave of blue in 2016.
“When I heard rumours that KPMG was launching a running club I started doing my research. And being a charted accountant I knew exactly who KPMG was. After chatting to them and hearing what they do for athletic development, I was very intrigued and excited to join this club” – Caroline Wostman
This is not all as some of KPMG management dropped hints that in two weeks time another big surprise awaits the world.
Dana Coetzee, manager of the KPMG club who is one of the main driving forces behind it all and who shares in Pierre’s enormous passion for the sport commented “To have Caroline, Christine and all the other young talented athletes in our team is a dream come true for me. How could it not be? This is going to be a big year for us at KPMG”