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Giving up is not an option

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Conradie ScheepersPhoto: BackTrack Sports
“I knew giving up was not an option. As a coach I had to lead by example, not only for my athletes, but also fellow masters athletes I compete against. God was with me, and I managed to throw a 14,65 m standing throw and came first in the shotput.”

So says Conradie Scheepers, a top South African masters athlete, after a gruelling and trying Northern Gau­teng Masters event on Saturday (13/11).

Scheepers injured his foot during the warm-up for discus on Friday.

“I could hardly walk, and the pain was severe. I used an anti-inflammatory and asked God to give me wisdom and healing to be able to participate the next day.

“I could hardly walk, and the pain was severe. I used an anti-inflammatory and asked God to give me wisdom and healing to be able to participate the next day.

“Then on Saturday, the big day, I realised the pain was less and that I would be able to participate in the shotput event – only doing standing throws. I knew that when things get tough, we must push through and place a hope in God, because He truly provides in every situation.”

He describes the moment when he achieved success as an awesome feeling of never giving up and knowing God is always in control.

Scheepers came third with the Greek discus event, against very stiff competition.

“In this event you must throw a 3,75 kg gym weight plate standing. It is exciting, but hard work and discipline,” he says.

In 2019 and 2020 Scheepers was ranked number one in the world for shotput in the age group 50 to 54 years.

Scheepers describes his year thus far as being quite a challenge – physically, mentally and emotionally.

This year he has undergone a scope procedure to his right knee for a torn meniscus.

During this he lost his number-one ranking, but after five weeks of recovery early in May he regained it at the end of June with a distance of 15,70 m.

In August he injured the meniscus of the left knee and underwent a scope procedure to fix it.

Scheepers says his recovery was very slow.

“I had to change my technique in the glide to the block instead of a reverse. Luckily, I developed my upper body strength to a 170 kg bench press,” he says.

“I had to change my technique in the glide to the block instead of a reverse. Luckily, I developed my upper body strength to a 170 kg bench press,” he says.

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