Coaches go the extra mile

2019-02-14 06:00
Pavashi Muzokomba, a learner at HHH, improved his personal best in the high jump at the weekend, putting in a 1,70 m jump at the provincial meeting. He is pictured with coach Melanie Hibbert.

Pavashi Muzokomba, a learner at HHH, improved his personal best in the high jump at the weekend, putting in a 1,70 m jump at the provincial meeting. He is pictured with coach Melanie Hibbert.

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The Helderberg Athletics Academy is on a drive to get more children participating in athletics.

The club was founded by Melanie Hibbert and her brother Gustav Lundt last August and the athletes training at the academy have since hauled in the medals.

Llewellyn de Wee established the academy in Macassar and asked Hibbert and Lundt to open the club in Somerset West as well.

“From a young age, my brother and I have had a passion for athletics and I have also represented many provincial athletics teams. Personally, I believe athletics is moving backwards; we want to go big and get more children involved in the sport,” said Melanie, who also acts as the academy’s manager.

Helderberg Athletics Academy gladly also assists children whose parents do not have the necessary funds to further their athletics careers.

“If parents really cannot pay the fees, we gladly come to their aid, but the child also must also be prepared to listen and work hard,” she added.

The academy currently offers training in long jump, high jump, shot-put and discus, and will soon commence cross country training as well.

Children of all ages as well as adults are welcome to join the club. Training sessions are held at Hottentots-Holland High School (HHH) from 15:00 to 16:00, Monday to Thursday.

The athletes of HHH are also trained by the academy’s coaches and many of the member athletes from various schools excelled at the Boland Athletics Championships held in Paarl at the weekend.

Melanie further added that parents are welcome to also send their children for extra training sessions and asked any business or individual interested in coming on board as a sponsor to contact her.

“It would be great if people could assist in transporting athletes to and from meets, or even to and from the training grounds, as many of them live too far to walk the distance and it is very dangerous.”

For more information, phone Melanie on 079 978 8422 or visit the Helderberg Athletics Academy page on Facebook.

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