JJ Smith, the engine behind SA’s Best School

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Hoёrskool Menlopark walked away with track and field bragging rights.

They were crowned the overall winners of the Twizza Super School Series Final which took place at the Bestmed Tuks Athletics Stadium on Saturday.

The Pretoria-based school was followed by Prestige College, Helpmekaar Kollege, Potchefstroom Gimnasium and TuksSport High School.

While Afrikaanse Hoёr Seunskool and Hoёrskool Menlopark won the male and female categories respectively.

Schools qualified for the inaugural event after dominating the regional qualifiers in Pretoria and Cape Town last year.

Athletics director at Hoёrskool Menlopark JJ Smith said: “To win the competition was a very special and an exciting feeling because it was the first Twizza Super School Series in South Africa.”

“The competition kept us on the tip of our chairs throughout the day. It forced us to participate as a team and individual stars gave much more of themselves. It brought out much better results from the average competitor.”

“We enjoyed the vibe, atmosphere and professional way in which the competition was hosted. We became a tight Menlo athletics team unit which was the key from the start. We competed for each other,” he said.

Hoёrskool Menlopark can go into their inter-school meet high on confidence after being the first school in South Africa to win the Twizza Super School Series Final.

Smith said they started planning long before the time for the competition.

“We had a full team training week in Ballito, high altitude mile in Lesotho, worked hard on our development teams during pre-season and started early in the year preparing for this competition. The way this competition is structured made us think out of the box.” he said.

“This competition gave schools athletics a platform in South Africa. We believe the structure of the competition might change a bit but we will work around it. Thank you to Twizza, ASA and Manus team for a great new meeting,” he added.

Written by Keagan Mitchell.