The Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club hosted a successful meeting of junior and senior athletes in a new concept at the Madibaz Stadium in Port Elizabeth at the weekend.
For the first time the club invited athletes from the PE High Schools Athletics Association (PEHSAA) to compete in a meeting which covered a wide range of age categories.
Madibaz athletics manager Nellis Bothma said there had been an excellent response and that the initiative looked set to continue in the future.
“We had a discussion with all the role-players afterwards and there was very positive feedback, which means we will definitely look at the concept again next year.”
Prizes for the top three athletes of R500, R300 and R200 were up for grabs.
In the men’s category, Remano Felix took the honours with his efforts in the 200m and 400m, earning a total of 746 points. He finished ahead of Casper Lotter (100m, 200m) on 742 and Jade Schutte (100m, 200m) on 691.
In the field events, high jumper Garth Ellis took first place on 761, followed by Chrissio Roberts (long jump, 692) and John Mamabolo (high jump, 668).
Lizhare Botha led the way in the women’s track events, earning 1 387 points, followed by hurdler Lara Dippenaar (1 308 in the 100m and 400m).
Anneke Kapp took the honours in the women’s field events, finishing with a total of 1 608 points from the shot put and discus.
Junior sprinters Saskia Wait (DF Malherbe) and Bulumko Nthuthu (Grey High) are in line for the R10 000 sport bursary from Madibaz Athletics Club after finishing as the top athletes in their categories.
Bothma said the final details of these athletes still needed to be confirmed.
“The bursary was awarded pending the athlete being accepted to study at Nelson Mandela University in 2020,” he said.
“The bursary will be paid into the student account of the athlete after registration in February 2020 following his or her first competition for Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club.”
Other placings were:
Men, track: 1 L Majerman (1 409: 200m, 400m); 2 E Baile (1 320: 200m, 400m); 3 J Butler (722: 200m)
Field: 1 M Beauzec (1 347: discus, shot put); 2) H du Plessis (785: hammer throw); 3 C Vosloo (683: hammer throw)
Women, field: 1 D Coetzer (890: hammer throw); 2 K Kapp (847: hammer throw); 3 T Oelofse (806: hammer throw)