Athletics to honour late sprinter

2016-04-06 11:41
Athletics action is coming to the city to honour a star of yesteryear and pay tribute to some heroes of the past.

The gala schools athletics meet will be staged at Green Point Athletics on Tuesday April 12 to honour the memory of star sprinter Kenny Roman, who died recently, as well as recognising the achievements and contributions of the stars of yesteryear.

A number of the peninsula’s top senior schools, including Harold Cressy, Trafalgar, South Peninsula, Athlone, Wittebome and Spine Road, will send athletes to participate. These schools have historically been strong performers at athletics days.
The driving force behind the event is the not-for-profit community organisation Play Sport4Life which has already arranged a number of successful events in the Kensington-Factreton-Maitland area in recent months.

The Kenny Roman Memorial Day will start at 15:00 with the same venue also hosting a “Schools Olympics” day for primary school learners as part of the 100th birthday celebrations of St John’s Primary School in Kensington.

The founder of Play Sport4Life, Miles October, said he hoped that people who had fond memories of Kenny Roman sprinting in his heyday in the late sixties and early seventies would join the young athletes on the day.

Roman died in Brisbane, Australia, last month, aged 69, after a long illness.

“Kenny left behind a legacy in athletics which deserves to be remembered,” October said.
“As a community organisation, we work hard to develop and nurture individuals to serve as future role models for our community, involve more girls and women in sport, and encourage individuals to become professional athletes.
“What better way to show what an ideal role model could be than by holding up the achievements of Kenny Roman as sprint champion and star baseball pitcher?
“Hopefully among the young athletes competing on the day, there are a few who would go on to become a role model in our community.”

October added that while they were building on the future, the organisation was also focussed on acknowledging past achievements.

“We cannot let the circumstances of our past dictate that our history be forgotten. It has to be acknowledged.
“In order for us to shape our future, we need to know our past and the people who made significant contributions in all walks of life, including sport.”
The organisation is also arranging for a number of top athletes of yesteryear to be part of the proceedings of the Kenny Roman Memorial Day.
“It is going to be a roll-call of our best from the past,” October said.
Athletes will be competing in girls and boys sections at u.14, u.16 and open levels. There will also be a march past.

For more information contact Nazlie Dollie on 071 386 6573, email or visit

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