This week the PUMA South Africa athletics roadshow, School of Speed, was hosted at the Ruimsig Athletics Stadium.
The meet unearthed 5 young athletes of exceptional talent. The young sprint stars each win sponsorships with the global sports brand Puma, boosting their dreams of following in the foot steps of Usain Bolt.
The five rising stars from Ruimsig are in no particular order:
|Nthuthuko Ndimande||U18||Jeppe Boys High||972||800m||1:50.8|
|Retshiditswe Mlenga||U18||Prestige College||902||100m||10.54|
|Dillan van Rooyen||U20||PUKKE Vaal Campus||870||800m||01:51.8|
|Miandi van Staden||U16||Potchefstroom Gimnasium||865||200m||24.96|
|Amy Naude||U16||Fast Feet KZN||863||400m||56.17|
They were among the sprinters, aged 13 to 19, from Johannesburg and surrounds who competed in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and relay sprints, cheered by their families and fellow athletes.
School of Speed Vice Principal and reigning SA 100m champ Henricho Bruintjies and fellow PUMA ambassador was track side to inspire the youngsters and hand out medals.
“The third in the PUMA School of Speed series, and the second visit to Gauteng, was a great occasion to see the young kids at their best and fighting it out to take top honours and win PUMA contracts,” said PUMA South Africa Marketing Director Brett Bellinger. “We call on athletes to join us for the next School of Speed as PUMA continues to unearth the fastest kids in South Africa”
The national series of School of Speed meets, in partnership with Stillwater Sports, aims to develop athletics talent in South Africa by unearthing the fastest sprinters aged 13 to 19.
See http://schoolofspeed.com for registration details and upcoming meets in Durban on the 11th February and Paarl on the 28th February.
images Tobias Ginsberg