Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club’s Ischke Senekal was titled Sportswoman of the Year at the Madibaz Sport gala awards evening in Port Elizabeth last week.
The Nelson Mandela University second-year education honours student said the award meant a lot to her as she worked hard to reach the heights she set for herself.
“It also showed me that my goals made me win that title,” said Senekal.
“I’m now recognised as this year’s best sportswoman at the university and I had tough nominees against me, so I’m happy it turned out the way it did.”
The 25-year-old, who is also a Grade 2 teacher at Ankervas Primary School, has won national colours at the IAAF World Cup and gold for shot put and bronze for discus at the African Senior Championships.
“I managed to go on to reach what I wanted to achieve [this year]. I wanted to go to the world cup, continental and African champs.
“I was in the preliminary team for the Commonwealth Games, but they unfortunately didn’t choose me to participate.”
One thing she felt she did not achieve was a shot put record. “I was a little far behind, but it’s one of my goals for next year.”
Her highlights from this season include attending the world cup where she finished fourth, being crowned African champion for discus and taking part in the continental cup.
“It was a great moment and honour to represent my continent in the Czech Republic,” said Senekal.
Her goals for next year include becoming SA champion for the fifth consecutive year, competing in a world cup and participating in a European season.