Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
TOP ATHLETES FOR VARSITY ATHLETICS SERIES
Some of the country’s most accomplished track and field stars have confirmed their participation in the 2015 Varsity Athletics series.
Two meetings were launched in Johannesburg on Monday, with organisers announcing the first leg of the annual student competition would be held in Potchefstroom on March 24 and the second event would take place in Stellenbosch on April 20.
In-form sprinter Akani Simbine, who clocked 10.06 seconds in the men’s 100m race (with a 2.7m/s tailwind) at a league meeting in Pretoria on Saturday, was set to spearhead the Tuks squad as they prepared to defend the series title they won last season.
Middle-distance specialist Caster Semenya was also confirmed in the line-up, among the leading North-West University athletes, while long jumper Ruswahl Samaai, who recently leaped a personal best 8.13m, was named in the University of Johannesburg team.
With only one permit meeting confirmed this season (the Pukke Prestige event in Sasolburg on Thursday) Varsity Sports chief executive Duitser Bosman hoped the student series would help give elite athletes additional top-flight competition outside the national championships and the SA Open.
“Without regular competition and incentive to compete, we run the risk of some of our best athletes slipping through the cracks,” Bosman said.
“By offering athletes the platform to showcase their skills and go up against other top competitors, we hope that we can keep them motivated.
“It’s our mission to provide a springboard for these incredibly talented athletes to launch their careers.”