Twizza ASA u18 and u20 Track & Field Championships – Females Preview

Athletics Gauteng North’s Rose Xeyi will be in action in the girls U20 100m sprints and long jump events at the ASA Youth and Junior Championships. Picture: Keagan Mitchell

With the much-anticipated Twizza ASA u18 and u20 Track & Field Championships a day away, athletes will hope to bring their “A” game, break records and most importantly to enjoy themselves.

This will see the country’s top athletes do battle for a spot in the SA team that will compete at the CAA African Youth and Junior Championships in Ivory Coast next month.

Among those who have been having a stellar season thus far is Athletics Gauteng North’s Antionette van der Merwe. The Grade 12 pupil at Eldoraigne High School has been unbeaten in the Girls under-20 100m, 150m and 200m sprints events this season. She is also unbeaten in the girls U20 100m hurdles.

Antoinette will compete in the girls U20 100m hurdles and 200m sprints at the ASA Youth and Junior Championships.

Also, in contention will be provincial teammate and the IAAF world U18 and U20 400m hurdles champion Zeney van der Walt and defending champion Rogail Joseph in the girls U20 100m hurdles event.

Zeney and Rogail will also compete in the Girls U20 400m hurdles event. The duo will be joined by Central Gauteng Athletics Gontse Morake.

This leaves us with a mouth-watering contest in the girls U20 100m and 400m hurdles events.

The Girls U20 100m and 200m sprints events will also by an intriguing battle and one of the highlights at the competition. The Puma School of Speed ambassador, Head Girl, Rose Xeyi will compete in the 100m sprints.  Last year, she claimed the gold medal in the girls U18 100m sprints in a personal best time of 11.55 seconds at the ASA Youth and Junior Championships. Athletics North West North’s Nicola van der Merwe will be in the running for a podium finish in the girls U20 100m and 200m sprints events. Last year she won the gold in the girls U18 200m sprints and finished behind Rose in the 100m sprints.  Antionette will also be hoping for a podium finish in the 200m sprints as she dominated the event this season.

Also lining up to snatch a medal at nationals will be Free-State born Nicole Louw. The youngster who will represent Boland at this year’s Championships has been unbeaten this season in the girls U20 800m and 1500m event and will look to continue her winning streak. Most recently, she was crowned the girls U19 800m and 1500m championships at the SA High Schools Championships.

Western Province Athletics Kayla Smit has been unbeaten in the hammer throw event this season and will head into the ASA Youth and Junior Championships full of confidence. In her most recent outing, she bagged the gold medal in the girls U19 hammer throw event with a distance of 48.20m at the SA High Schools Championships.

Her provincial teammate Kristi Snyman will also hope to be on the podium in the girls U20 high jump event. The inform Krisiti mastered 1.80m to grab the gold medal at the SA High Schools Championships.

Athletics Gauteng North’s Dane Roets will be hoping to continue from where she left off last year.  Dane won the bronze medal in the girls U18 shot put event at the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina last year. She has already one national title to her name this season after she was crowned girls U17 shot put champion at the National Schools Championships.


Written by Keagan Mitchell