Looking Back u18

Looking Back u18

Western Province Athletics Luke Davids had a stellar track and field season. Photo by Keagan Mitchell

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As 2018 comes to an end, we take a look back at some of our top under-18 athletes that made headlines.

 

Luke Davids

Western Province Athletics Luke Davids had a stellar season, having won the 100m sprint in a personal best (PB) of 10.31 seconds and a day later, the 200m title, at the ASA Youth and Junior Championships in Paarl in April. Two weeks later, Davids ran a PB of 20.81 seconds to take the 200m youth title but finished second to Athletics Gauteng North’s Mikaal-il Mohamed in the 100m sprint event at the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Southern Region Youth and Junior Championships in Boksburg. The young speedster stellar season continue after he won the under-18 100m title at the African Youth Games. But more was to come for Davids when he won the 100m sprints at the Youth Olympic Games, in Argentina, in October.

Jayson Weber

Despite his season cut short due to injury, Western Province Athletics Jayson Weber had a good start to the year. Weber grabbed the gold medal in the 400m sprints running a personal best of 46.71 seconds, at the ASA Youth and Junior Championships, in Paarl. Two weeks later, Weber won gold in the same event clocking 46.78 seconds at the CAA Southern Region Youth and Junior Championships in Boksburg. This was the second time in a space of two weeks that Weber from Bellville Athletics Club in Cape Town ran sub 47 seconds.

Lindokuhle Gora

Although a slow start to the season, Lindokuhle Gora from Kempton Park in Johannesburg picked up the pace when it mattered most. He settled for silver medal in the 400m sprint and hurdles event at the ASA Youth and Junior Championships in Paarl, earlier this year. A few weeks later, he followed that up with a gold medal to stop the clock at 51.84 seconds in the boys’ under-18 400m hurdles event, at the CAA youth and junior championships, in Boksburg. In July, the Grade 12 pupil at Prestige College finished in first place in the boys’ under-18 400m hurdles event, clocking 52.18 seconds at the African Youth Games, in Algeria. A few months later, Gora had the second fastest time going into stage two of the 400m hurdles event at the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina but was disqualified after he stepped on the line at the 200m bend. Despite the youngster not making it onto the podium, he still ran a personal best of 51.70 seconds in stage one.

Sifiso Miya

Athletics Gauteng North’s Sifiso Miya had one of his best track and field seasons, having taken the gold and silver medal in the triple and long jump events at the ASA Youth and Junior Championships in Paarl, earlier this year. A few weeks later, he did the double, taking the gold medal in the long and triple jump events, at the CAA Southern Region Youth and Junior Championships in Boksburg. The versatile athlete then went on to grab the silver medal in the triple jump event with a distance of 15.57m at the African Youth Games in Algeria, in July. Although not having the best of competitions at the Youth Olympic Games, Miya did bounce back with a gold medal in the long and triple jump events with a leap of 7.75m and 18.51m at the African Union Sport Council (AUSC) Region 5 Under-20 Games in Gaborone, Botswana.

Jano Esterhuizen

Athletics North West North’s Jano Esterhuizen had a great season after taking the gold medal at three competitions in the javelin event that included: the ASA and CAA Southern Region U18 and U20 Championships and the African Youth Olympic Games in Algeria. Despite not going home with a medal at the Youth Olympic Games, Esterhuizen did go on to throw a personal best of 77.69m.

Nicola van der Merwe

Athletics North West North’s Nicola van der Merwe would have been impressed with the way her season turned out. She ran a personal best (PB) of 11.82 seconds to finish second behind Rose Xeyi in the 100m sprints but took the gold medal in the 200m sprints at the ASA Youth and Junior Championships, in Paarl, in April. A few weeks later, she ran a PB of 23.86 seconds to take the 200m crown at the CAA Southern Region Youth and Junior Championships and settled for second place in the 100m sprints. A few months later, Van der Merwe took the silver medal in the 200m sprints at the African Youth Games in Algeria. In her most recent outing at the Region 5 U20 Games, the young speedster, edged out the countryman Rose Xeyi to the take the gold medal in the 100m sprints to stop the clock at 11.88 seconds. A day later, Van der Merwe took the silver medal in the 200m sprints.

Kayla van der Bergh

Athletics Central North West’s Kayla van der Bergh had an impressive season. The youngster was champion in the girls’ under-18 100m hurdles at the ASA and CAA Southern Region Championships Youth and Junior Championships in April. She went on to take the gold medal at the African Youth Games in Algeria in July. She was also a member of the SA team that took part in the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina, in October.

Gontse Morake

Athletics Gauteng North’s Gontse Morake clocked a personal best of 57.81 seconds in the girls’ under-18 400m hurdles to take the gold medal at the ASA Youth and Junior Championships, scrapping out Gezelle Magerman’s previous record of 57.91 second. Two weeks later, Morake jumped a new national triple jump record of 13.10m to take the gold medal at the CAA Southern Region Youth and Junior Championships, in Boksburg. A few months later, the versatile athlete took the gold medal in the 400m hurdles and triple jump events at the African Youth Games, in Algeria. Her only hiccup came at the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina, in October when she failed to make a podium finish in the 400m hurdles event.

Nicole Louw

In April, the Free State-born athlete took the gold medal in the 1500m event, at the ASA Youth and Junior Championships and two weeks later she followed that up with another gold in the same event at the CAA Southern Region Youth and Junior Championships, in Boksburg. She went on to take the bronze medal in the 1500m event at the African Youth Games in Algeria and was part of the SA team who took part the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina. Earlier this month, Louw just missed out on a podium finish in the 1500m event at the Region 5 U20 Games, in Botswana.

Dane Roets

The ASA and Southern Region U18 shot put and discus champion Dane Roets would have been smiling after she won the gold medal in the shot-put event with a heave of 15.97m and through a personal best of 43.42m in the discus event to pick up the silver medal at the African Youth Games in Algeria, in July. But that was only the start of things to come after Roets took the bronze medal in the shot put event with a distance of 34.64m over the two stages at the Youth Olympic Games, in Argentina, in October.

 

Written by Keagan Mitchell

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