Athlete Profile: Rose Xeyi

Rose Xeyi (center) in action at Ruimsig where she got a comfortable victory in 11.98 seconds. Photo by Tobias Ginsberg

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After a great start to the Puma School of Speed series, all roads lead to the Bestmed Tuks Athletics Stadium in Pretoria tomorrow for the fourth-leg.

Among those in action will be the School of Speed ambassador, Head Girl, Rose Xeyi who will compete in the girls under-19 100m sprint event.

Rose,17, who has won the 100m title at the Athletics South Africa (ASA) Youth and Junior Championships for the past two consecutive years started her season off in fine style.

She stormed to victory in the girls under-19 100m sprints to stop the clock at 11.98 seconds at the School of Speed meet in Ruimsig Roodepoort last month.

Last year, Rose claimed the gold medal in the girls u18 100m sprints in a personal best of 11.55 seconds at the ASA Youth and Junior Championships in Paarl. She narrowly missed the SA u18 100m record that was set by Mari-Lise Furstenberg in 1983. Furstenberg clocked 11.54 seconds. Rose went on to represent SA at the CAA Southern Region Youth and Junior Championships, African Youth Games and the AUSC Region 5 Games in the 100m sprints last year. She won gold at the CAA Southern Region Championships and silver at the African Youth Games and Region 5 games.

In 2017 her lifelong dream came true after she represented the country for the first time. She was a semi-finalist in the 100m sprint event at the IAAF World U18 Championships in Kenya.

Meanwhile Athletics Gauteng North’s (AGN) Antionette van der Merwe and Athletics North West North’s Nicola van der Merwe will be in action.

The duo had a great season last year and will be hoping to continue their fine form. Antionette and Nicola went on to represent the county and bagged medals in various competitions they competed in.

Antionette teammate at AGN Sifiso Miya will look to continue his fine form to the season. The Grade 12 pupil at Prestige College in Pretoria grabbed gold in the boys u19 100m sprints clocking 10.52 seconds at the School of Speed in Ruimsig Roodepoort last month. However, Sifiso will turn his attention to the long jump event tomorrow. The versatile athlete is also a good triple jumper after he represented the country at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aries Argentina last year.


Written by Keagan Mitchell