Street athletics series runs through Bridgetown

2017-08-08 06:00
Nantes Athletics Club hosted an event in the WPA street athletics series on Wednesday.

Nantes Athletics Club hosted an event in the WPA street athletics series on Wednesday.

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The second event in the street athletics series of Western Province Athletics (WPA) saw the first new club, Nantes Athletics Club, making its debut in the series, taking athletics to a new suburb.

The first two events in the series – in Eerste River on 26 July and Nantes Park on Wednesday – saw some of WPA’s top track and field, cross country and road running athletes coming out in support.

“Going into new territory, WPA expects to expose ripe new talent, waiting to be nurtured. We are glad the community of Bridgetown and the teachers came out in full force, embracing this initiative to unearth raw talent in the streets of our communities,” says WPA’s development head Michael Schouw.

WPA athletes Yusuf Ismail, who was selected as part of the South African world students squad for the World University Games recently, Anthony Timotheus, the current top cross country athlete, Geraldine King, who represented South Africa at the All Africa Games, and Andre September, ranked second in Western Province in 100m hurdles, were just some of the volunteers at the street athletics events.

WPA street athletics, which is supported by the Two Oceans Marathon, is a series of community-focused events, in which youngsters are invited to compete against each other over short and medium distances.

The ultimate aim is that all children, from all areas, feel welcome to actively participate. Participants are split into four age groups (u.17, u.15, u.13 and u.10) for boys and girls. The events will be hosted in the afternoons, for two hours after school.

The plan is to identifying talent in communities in the hope that WPA supports, encourages, develops and optimises the talent.

“We are proud to partner with WPA and support the WPA street athletics series,” adds Carol Vosloo, general manager of the Two Oceans Marathon NPC.

“Athletics development at grassroots level is a vital component of the long-term sustainability of the sport. While exposing these youngsters to friendly competition identifies the stars of tomorrow, the street athletics series also plays an important role in developing sportsmanship, team spirit and the soft skills that will stand them in good stead in the future.”

The next WPA street athletics event will take place at Top Form Athletics club in Crawford next Wednesday.

V For more information contact Kurt Cameron on 021 699 0613 or 087 700 8262 or development@­wpathletics.co.za

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