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Schools’ athletics boosted

The Twizza Super School Series produced a riveting display of school track and field competition at the Bestmed Tuks Athletics Stadium in Pretoria on Saturday 1 February.

Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool and the Menlo Park High School girls’ and mixed teams claiming the coveted titles of the countries best athletics schools in their respective categories.

Affectionately dubbed the “North vs South” battle, the Twizza Super School Series grand finale saw 46 of South Africa’s leading athletics schools and 1 125 athletes participate on the day. Qualifying schools were required to enter 15-member teams (boys, girls and/or mixed) in the under-17 and -19 age groups. Events included the 100 m, 200 m, 400 m, 800 m, 1 500 m, short hurdles, long hurdles, long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot-put, discus and javelin.

“We are excited that we started the season with a bang,” said Athletics South Africa (ASA) president Aleck Skhosana. “Even more thrilling is that we are affording future stars a chance to experience top-level competition while they are still at school. With the SABC now on board as the official host broadcaster, the future is brighter.

“The success of this series encourages us to now look at populating it to other areas beyond the Gauteng and Cape Town legs, to give it more access to learners across the country. From here we will start exploring how to grow this competition to other countries who may want to send their athletes here – not only from Africa but also from all the other six continents.

“This was our first live broadcast with the SABC since signing the new agreement last month. The seriousness of the agreement has seen SABC’s COO Ian Plaatjes coming to Tuks to ensure that everything was in order. Of interest as well was to see a lot of senior coaches, including Paul Gorries the national relay coach and elite athletes. We look forward to the new instalment of the series.”

Zenade October, a former learner of Parel Vallei High School and now of La Rochelle Girl’s High School, finished first in her heat and fourth overall in the girls under-17 800 m race at the Twizza Super School Series Grand Finale. She recorded great a time of 02:16.52.

“It means a lot to represent my school at the Twizza Super School Grand Finale. I am really proud of my school. The series is a big event for us and we’ve been preparing the whole holiday,” the Strand local said.

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