School of Speed Stellenbosch Review

1500m Girls in action at the School of Speed in Stellenbosch. Photo by Backtrack Sports | Keagan Mitchell

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An innovation to discover young talent between the ages of 14 and 19 years old across the country, had athletes put up a great show at the opening leg of the Puma School of Speed at Coetzenburg Athletics Stadium in Stellenbosch on Saturday.

Athletes could have not asked for a better venue than Stellenbosch as it was perfect weather conditions for a track and field event.

Fans who came out in their numbers were not only entertained by a great display of athletics but also by 2017 Idols SA winner Paxton Fielies .

Among those was Free State-born Nicole Louw was in a class of her own in the girls’ under-19 1500m event to grab the gold medal.  The Grade 12 pupil at Rhenish Girls’ High School in Stellenbosch could have not asked for a better way to start off her track season after she led from start to finish.

Worcester Gymnasium’s Rogail Joseph was clinical in her performances, taking gold in the 100m hurdles and 400m sprint event.  Joseph looked in good shape for a season opener.

La Rochelle Girls’ High Schools Elke van der Westhuizen was among the stand out performances in the female sprint event after bossing the girls’ under-17 200m sprint event.

Bloemhof Girls’ High School’s Mieke Basson leaped to a distance of 5.80m to take the gold in the long jump event.

UWC Athletics Club’s Jesse Josias stormed his way to the gold medal in the boys’ under-17 100m sprints but settled for second place in the 200m sprints. Josias was impressive for a season opener and should only get better as the season progress.

The Youth Olympic Champion Luke Davids had a good day at the office in the boys’ under-19 200m to finish in first place. Although it was only his first competition of the season, Davids showed some good early season form and will be hoping to keep this up as the season progress.

Boland Athletics Jason October has now been unbeaten in his last three consecutive competitions after he won the boys’ under-19 110m hurdles with ease. He will look to continue this form and do the business when it matters most.

Wynberg Boys’ High Schools’ Jared Waltman leaped his way to 1.90m to take the gold medal in the boys’ under-19 high jump. The youngster was five centimetres clear from the rest of his opponents.

Written by Keagan Mitchell