The Durban University of Technology’s (DUT’s) Athletics Club clinched three medals in the KwaZulu-Natal Athletics Youth and Junior Championship held from 22 to 24 February 2019 at Kings Park Athletics Stadium in Durban.
Athletes, coaches, parents, teachers and supporters descended from all corners of the Province to bear the heat and humidity, all to compete in the 2019 championship.
The DUT Athletics Club’s duo of Khanyisani Mabaso and Wandile Nkosi walked away with bronze and silver medals. Mabaso clinched a bronze medal in Long Jump, recording an impressive distance of 6.69 metres, while Nkosi collected two silver medals in the 100 metres and 200 metres races, recording striking times of 11,16 seconds and 22,38 seconds respectively.
Through their heroics at the KZN Athletics Youth and Junior Championship, Nkosi and Mabaso have now earned spots to compete in the University Sports South Africa (USSA) National Institutional: Track and Field, to be held at the University of Stellenbosch in Stellenbosch from 04 to 06 April 2019.
DUT Sport Administration Manager, Bongani Yengwa said this remarkable improvement from their athletes in athletics is due to the improved level of support they are receiving from the department. “Previously we didn’t have coaches and now we have assigned two coaches to work with our athletics club, and we were also very strict with their diet and training programme. So the results bear testimony to that effort,” he said.
He said they are confident that this achievement will steer other DUT athletes in various sporting codes to improve their performances.
Yengwa added that one of their main goals for attending this Under-19 tournament was to identify new talent that is still in high schools. “Our focus for the next three years is in identifying new talent early so that we can groom it and be involved in their developmental phase of their growth as athletes,” he added.
Pictured: Wandile Nkosi and Khanyisani Mabaso