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Romeo’s call-up is a wake-up call – coach

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“The time is ripe for coaches in this ASA province who can show commitment and evolve with the sport.”

Romeo van Wyk one of Athletics Griqualand West’s (AGW) athletes has been drafted into South Africa’s 4 x 400m relay squad that will compete in the 2020 IAAF World Under-20 Championships due in Kasarani, Kenya next July.

Following Van Wyk’s selection AGW coach Theo Senekal spoke to the DFA about what this means. “This breaks the Province’s athlete drought after decades,” the coach said. “AGW is starting to gain momentum by breaking barriers and (we) are extremely proud with his inclusion in the squad,” he added.

Van Wyk competed at the Twizza ASA Under-18 and Under-20 track and field championships at Dal Josaphat stadium in Paarl in March where he managed to finish seventh in the Junior Men’s 400-metre final in a time of 47.88s.

Senekal senior said: “We are entering exciting times as a federation and we need to keep up with the fast pace athletics is developing in South Africa and in the World. We can’t plead ignorance any more.

“To create an ASA Province we are proud of we have to start with ourselves. We’ve put a lot of work in over the past months and we’re committed to continue sharing our journey to inspire others to do the same.

“The time is ripe for coaches in this ASA province who can show commitment and evolve with the sport.

“Old school coaching techniques are dead.”