KZNA to stage re­lay event

The Witness - - CLASSIFIEDS / SPORT -

THE KwaZulu-Natal Ath­let­ics (KZNA) In­ter-District Re­lay Chal­lenge will take place on Septem­ber 29 at Kings Park Ath­let­ics Sta­dium in Dur­ban, and Mar­itzburg Col­lege is among the schools in­vited to take part.

The event is planned to find new tal­ent po­ten­tially to be groomed to be­come world-class ath­letes, ac­cord­ing to KZNA. The pro­vin­cial body has in­vited young­sters be­tween the ages of 15 years and 19 years from 11 dis­tricts and var­i­ous schools across the prov­ince to take part in the re­lay chal­lenge. It is pow­ered by the Com­rades Marathon As­so­ci­a­tion from a devel­op­ment per­spec­tive.

KZNA pres­i­dent Sello Mokoena said: “We want to see more young peo­ple get in­volved in the sport and help them re­alise their po­ten­tial to be­come world-class ath­letes. Our search for tal­ent is an on­go­ing process as part of our long-term vi­sion for the sport,” said Mokoena.

The young­sters will par­tic­i­pate in two re­lay events, with dis­tances rang­ing from 100 m to 800 m, for their dis­tricts or schools to be crowned cham­pi­ons of the 2018 KZNA In­ter­Dis­trict Re­lay Chal­lenge.

The prov­ince has two highly pro­gres­sive devel­op­ment academies run­ning, with one based in Dur­ban and the other launched in New­cas­tle last Novem­ber. Both academies have pro­duced good tal­ent in the likes of

1 500 m SA se­nior men’s cham­pion Nkosi­nathi Sibiya, the men’s 400 m SA sil­ver medal­list Zakithi Nene and the women’s 800 m sil­ver medal­list Gena Lof­s­trand.

The event will be open to the pub­lic and tick­ets will be sold at the gate on the day. — SR.

“We want to see more young peo­ple get in­volved in the sport and help them re­alise their po­ten­tial to be­come world-class ath­letes.”

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