He has oomph; lacks support

2016-04-21 06:00
 Paulo Nxongo has big dreams

Paulo Nxongo has big dreams

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Athlete Paulo Nxongo dreams of nothing else but running for Mzansi at an international event – if he gets the opportunity and support!

Nxongo,23, from Makhaya is a long distance runner who has competed in many local competitions in Khayelitsha and other townships in the Cape.

“I have competed in so many local competitions but they are just the start of my dream,” said Paulo.

The competitive youngster has won 26 medals in long distance competitions, including the Two Oceans Marathon and the Telkom 10km Bellville race.

“I love running. It is my natural talent,” he said. He began running and competing in long distance races when he was 10 years old.

“I felt running became a part of me in 2004. It just started to feel so natural. When other people were whining that they were tired, I always felt fresh,” said the athlete who enjoys 10km to 15 km races.

He dreams of making running his career and representing Mzansi in the Olympics one day. “I have never had the opportunity to time myself properly because I don’t have a stop watch.

“I need a stop watch, sporting kit and a good coach. I have been competing locally but I belong in the Olympics. I want to make my country proud and myself happy too.”

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