Nedbank Running Club athletes have certainly made an impact this season in track and field athletics.
Over 40 Athletes from the various Nedbank Running Clubs competed at the South African Senior, South African Junior and Youth and South African Schools Championships.
Nedbank RC Soweto Development had not less than eight athletes representing them at the SA Schools Championships in Durban.
“We have seen a rise of a new star through our development program in Kutlwisiso Sidinile who was crowned South African Champion in 1500m running a blistering 3:52 to claim the gold. From Nedbank Vaal representing the schools, Phelani Maduwa claimed yet another gold in 800m after running 1:51. Liza Kellerman also held her head up when she won a Bronze medal in Durban,” said a proud Siyaya Khoza.
At the national junior and youth championships in Cape Town the Nedbank Vaal Club was represented by 12 athletes, Nedbank SWD RC had seven athletes competing and Nedbank Soweto RC had eight athletes. Six of the Klerksdorp Club represented their province.
“Thabo Masina from Nedbank Soweto felt the need to remind the cross-country selectors that they had made a mistake for leaving him behind for the World Champs as he out sprinted a very talented field to win 10 000m running an African Junior Championships qualifying time of 30:46. He finished 3rd in the 5 000m that made him take two medals home,” said Khoza.
“ Liza Kellerman fought hard to maintain a podium finish in the 800m event. From Vaal, Nedbank proved there is lots of talent within the Club in the middle distance and field events, Dillan van Rooyen finished 2nd place to claim his silver medal. Jonathan de Lacey 1st Shot Put, 2nd Discuss, Shanie Opperman 2nd Shot Put.
“In Potchefstroom at the senior national championships, our athletes were out to emulate the performance of the juniors, we saw the Rise of Tshepo Tshite in the 800m 3rd and a Brave finish from Thabang Mosiako winning 5 000m outsprinting two Olympians and the national record holder in that event the claim the Gold. Phillimon Mathiba held on for a bronze medal. In pursuit to improve her speed, Irvette van Zyl also finished 2nd in 5000m and 3rd in 1500m.
“To conclude, our development programs are well in place as we managed to win 15 national medals in the track and field (5 gold, 4 silver and 6 bronze).