University of Johannesburg sprinter Tamzin Thomas is ready to produce her best efforts when she competes in the World Student Games in Italy next month.
The 22-year-old athlete is one of nine members from UJ in the South African track and field squad ready to make an impact in Naples from July 3 to 14.
She will be running in the 100m, 200m and the relay events and wants to better her previous appearance in the World Student Games in Taipei in 2017.
“Then I came fourth in the 100m semifinals and fifth in the 200m semifinals,” she recalled.
“It was really exciting to compete at the World Student Games and I learnt a lot about what I needed to do to improve.”
She said she would not place any unnecessary pressure on herself.
“I will really look at just trying to run my personal bests over the 100m and 200m.
“Of course I would like to medal in my races as well, but I am just concentrating on doing the best that I can.”
Thomas added that the UJ contingent were looking forward to measuring themselves against the best student-athletes in the world.
“I love being a part of the UJ athletics team and we all have so much respect for each other,” said the second-year sport management student.
“We have been working extremely hard to prepare for the World Games and we have a good management team, including coaches and medical staff, who are there to support us.”
The UJ representatives in the South African squad are:
Management: Mathatho Manaka, Nqobile Gama
Soccer: Karabo Megudi (men’s coach), Dineo Magagula, Boitumelo Rasehlo, Thato Letsoso, Karabo Makhurubetshi, Refilwe Maseko, Amanda Mthandi (all women’s team), Jabulile Baloyi (women’s coach)
Rugby sevens: Voice Ndou (women’s team)
Track and field: Cheswill Johnson, Jason van Rooyen, Kayle Blignaut, Werner Visser, Thamsanqa Khonco, Zinzi Chabangu, Julia du Plessis, Rachel Leistra, Tamzin Thomas