The team returned home on Monday and the Northern Cape athletes acquitted themselves commendably at the recent 2021 Twizza ASA Track and Field championships.
ATHLETICS Griqualand West (AGW) will forgo a medal parade or a public display to show off the trophies that the association garnered at the national championships which were hosted by Boland Athletics in Paarl last weekend owing to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The team returned home on Monday and the Northern Cape athletes, among them junior short- and middle-distance runners with immense potential TJ van der Walt, Robyn Eland and Maricelle Kruger acquitted themselves commendably at the recent 2021 Twizza ASA Track and Field championships commented AGW president Theo Senekal snr.
Van der Walt and Eland had between them brought home three medals while some of the other athletes came close to achieving personal improved times in some instances. This in itself was a huge achievement by the association, said Senekal. AGW athletes had missed out on medals of any description for over five years, he said.
Hopetown Hoërskool’s teen sprint sensation Eland took second place in the boys Under-15 200m event in which he clocked 22.89s in the final. Eland’s homeboy, Van der Walt on the other hand posted a time of 47.63s in the men’s Under-18 400m final.
Eland had earlier also brought home a bronze medallion for his 11.44s effort in the 100m final for men Under-15.
AGW president Theo Senekal said he was proud of Eland’s achievements and pledged that the association will pull out all the stops to bring to bear it’s limited resources to nurture his potential.