Athletics club supports local runners

2018-09-28 06:00
PHOTO: siphelele nketoRunners from the Kokstad Athletics Club with their coach and founder Dela Mabusela (left).

PHOTO: siphelele nketoRunners from the Kokstad Athletics Club with their coach and founder Dela Mabusela (left).

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LOCAL runner Dela Mabusela has established a running club to end drug and alcohol abuse among young people. He believes that, through sport, the country could address problems such as crime, drugs, and alcohol abuse. The Kokstad Athletics Club was founded in January last year and sports over 35 members who are young people between the ages of 13 and 19 years old.

The club’s founder and chairperson, Mabusela said every weekend and every holiday he trains young people to become professional runners in the future. He said running is one of the most exciting sports and needs to be promoted more in schools.

“Many young people use drugs and alcohol. To end that, government needs to pump more money into supporting sport,” said Mabusela, who has participated in many marathons.

Last year, club member Phiwokuhle Notshusha ran 21 km at the South Coast Marathon in Port Shepstone and finished in third place.

Another runner, Vuyisani Notshutsha, won the Kokstad Link Pharmacy Marathon after he ran 8 km. Andile Mabusela, who ran 8 km at the Kokstad Link Pharmacy Marathon, came in third place while Sinovuyo Bila and Yonela Mqadi both ran 5 km.

“Runners get coaching skills and when they go to other places to run, the cub supports them with transport, food and accommodation. The club also assists them with running shoes and donates groceries to their homes when necessary,” said Mabusela.

Mabusela said he is working with local schools to encourage pupils to take up running.

He said runners are now training to participate in a marathon which is organised by Matatiele Local Municipality and Ced-Matat Athletics Club next month.


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