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Delft boy heading to nationals

Belhar Primary learner Isaac Koert is currently on a bus to attend the National Primary Schools’ Athletics competition in Germiston (Gauteng) this weekend.

Not only is he a top athlete at the school, but the 13-year-old is also a head boy.

Teachers have described Isaac as one who is good at both academics and sports.

The soft-spoken boy from Voorbrug told TygerBurger he set a list of goals last year and making it to the national team was included: “I don’t run, just to run. I do it because it’s mentally refreshing for me. I’m racing for the Lord and the school. It’s only by His grace that I’ve been able to make it this far.”

Isaac, who is being raised by his single mom Carla and his grandmother, said that this will be his first trip alone. “I have never been away from home, but my mother is helping to prepare me emotionally and mentally for the journey ahead,” he said with tears in his eyes.

Carla told the newspaper her son’s determination and faith carried him through to make it this far: “I’ve always told my son to put his desires in the Lord’s hands. We come from a disadvantaged area, but your circumstances don’t determine where you will end up one day. It’s tough raising a child on your own, but I can only thank God and my mother for helping me raise someone like him.

“He’s passionate about everything he puts his mind to and is an inspiration to me.”

She said the trip to Germiston costs R3000, but the school donated R5000 towards his trip, including his tracksuit monies. “I’m forever grateful to Belhar Primary for making this dream possible for my child.”

His teacher and coach, Marlon Lombard, said Isaac started his athletics journey at the age of 10. “In the beginning, he was very focused on cross country but we saw potential to combine his talent into 1500m and 800m races.

“This week we focused on preparing him mentally and psychologically for the race as we will not accompany him to Germiston. Training takes place five days a week for an hour,” explained Lombard.The school’s athletics team manager, Frederica Diedericks has described Isaac as a very “determined boy who works hard to achieve his goals.”“He is an A-student and I always tell him God has given him a double blessing – which is to be good at sports and academically.”The school prinicpal, Johannes Lewis, was not available at the time of interview, but the deputy principal Alistair Pedro spoke to the newspaper: “Isaac is a well-groomed learner, our school head boy, always neatly attired and excels in all sports activities. I’d say he’s an all-rounder.“He is a true role-model. We only wish him the very best for his athletic journey.”

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