Central Gauteng Athletics prides itself when it comes to the development of young athletes and has produced many top athletes through its development programmes in the different disciplines found under the CGA umbrella. Having hosted CGA’s fourth cross country league this past Saturday, 11 June 16 at Sinaba stadium, Daveyton. We observed great talent from young men and women who have great passion for running and aspire to be SA’s top athletes in the future.
Amongst the few young athletes we had a chat with in commemorating youth month; Casey Bosman (15), Yandiswa Shange (16) and Robyn Kalten Bunn (18) shared same sentiments on the importance of running in their lives. It gives them focus and forms aspirations for them to excel in what they do. They look forward to going to SA championships in September and passionately exclaimed their passion for running.
- Casey Bosman of Benoni High School finished first in a 4km event for girls under 14 & 15, clocking 14:47. She loves cross country and has done 15 cross country leagues in her life time and is proud of her progress to date and her goal being finishing in the top 3 at the SA Champs
- Yandiswa Shange who runs for KPMG and finished first in the girls under 16&17 4km (15:00) says that she wishes to inspire her peers to join athletics. “Running is so much fun” expressing those words with joy in her eyes. Yandiswa starting running for CGA at a very young age and has no plans to stop.
- Robyn Kalten Bunn, also running for KPMG finished first in a 6km event for girls under 19 (23:38). Her goal for 2016 is to be a Junior Provincial champion in cross country. Robyn thinks running gives one an opportunity to get out there, encourages and motivates you to become a better person and meet a lot of inspirational people. “a good way to stay fit and keeps the mind fresh.
These young ladies show that there is a great future ahead for SA athletics. It gives CGA great pride to know that we have the future in our hands; and with proper nurturing we can take the sport to greater heights.
Next cross country meeting will be at Delta Park, Randburg this Saturday, 18 June 2016 from 11h20.