On the streets of Blompark, outside Gansbaai, the list of possibilities are few. I used to question what there was to look forward to, what the foreseeable future held for me? I used to wonder whether I would simply follow the norm and play in the streets or perhaps, just perhaps would I be able to make a change and break out?
My dad is a keen runner and challenged me to do something positive and spend some quality time with him. Running became a father son activity and with that, my love for the sport began. Opportunities were still limited but then an opportunity arose when the Football Foundation started an athletics program.
I have been able to advance my skills and I now have a vision. A vision to reach for more than what was simply in front of me. Working closely with my coach, Corrie, I have learnt so much more. It is about so much more than just running. It is about pacing myself, breathing, understanding my body and the limits it can be pushed to reach my ultimate best.
It is now years since I joined the Foundation and I have grown and been exposed to many things. I recently even represented my province at the South African Nationals. On the various occasions, I have managed to make it to the podium, I feel proud of how much I have grown and accomplished. My parents and sisters support me whenever they can and this has brought the family closer together. My father continues to run and when possible we try and enter the same races to maintain our special bond.
The Foundation has supported me all the way and I’ve been able to see many places that my friends and family members have never seen. I have been to Knysna, East London, George and Durban! I have also been awarded with a full placement bursary at the School of Skills in Napier, lightening the financial load for my parents, as the school provides me with accommodation, education and transport to return home on weekends.
In my future, I see myself running for South Africa, representing my country on the world stage and making everyone who has done so much for me proud.