By Mohammed Youshaa Hoosen
The future of South African Athletics is looking bright. Central Gauteng Athletics (CGA) is a running club covering events such as cross country, road running, race walking as well as track and field. Their aim is to promote athletics throughout the province, and unearth as many gems as possible within the predominantly rural areas within Gauteng.
This past weekend saw CGA hosting their 4th cross-country league at Sinaba Stadium in Daveyton, and the key performers were those of a much younger nature. Three young girls that rocked the stage were, Yandiswa Shange, Casey Bosman and Robyn Kalten Bunn.
Yandiswa Shange, finished 1st in the 4km event for the under-16 and under-17 girls. She clocked in at exactly 15 minutes. Yandiswa simply enjoys running and wants all her friends and accomplices to join her. A member from young with CGA, Yandiswa runs for KPMG.
Our focus moves to Benoni High School student Casey Bosman, who finished 1st in the 4km event for the under-14 and under-15 girls. She finished her race with a time of 14 minutes and 47 seconds. Casey is looking forward to achieving her goal during the SA Champs, as she aims for a Top 3 finish. She has run a total of 15 cross-country leagues already and doesn’t look like she’ll be stopping there.
Lastly, we have Robyn Kalten Bunn, also running for KPMG, finished 1st in the 6km event for the under-19 girls, clocking in with a time of 23 minutes and 38 seconds. Robyn believes in keeping one’s mind fresh and staying fit, ultimately aiming to achieve her goal of becoming the cross-country provincial champion.
From the grassroots level, we need more development programmes in all sports across the board. CGA looks to be doing their bit, which is truly positive for athletics in South Africa. The next Caster Semenya could be on her way to greatness.