THE YOUNG GIRLS AT THE ENDUROCAD SA ENDURANCE ACADEMY
(originally from Vorentoe High School, Johannesburg)
COACH HANS SAESTAD runs the KPMG-Vorentoe Running Academy, based at Vorentoe High School in Joburg. The school recruits talented young middle- distance runners from humble backgrounds in Limpopo and Mpumalanga, and pays for their school fees, food, medical expenses, training camps, travel expenses, and transport to their homes.
The girls have made a bold commitment: to give up time with their families, in order to attend boarding school and use athletics as a conduit to a better life. They train hard, and not always with the support and blessing of their families. And Vorentoe is an Afrikaans school, so the girls have to adapt to an unfamiliar language and culture.
Not only do these girls aspire to be fast runners; they want to be successful in life in general. When you consider the sacrifices they have made to get there, they’re nothing short of inspiring.
I would love to see them at the next Olympics. Talent like that can compete at the highest level, and the girls will inspire other young women to make brave decisions. They are vital for the future of South African running.
“WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE SACRIFICES THEY HAVE MADE TO GET THERE, THEY’RE NOTHING SHORT OF INSPIRING.”