Hanli Etsebeth… the name might not ring any bells yet, but soon it will be a household name in the middle and long distance community all over SA. At age 17 this year is her very first serious athletics year and she has all ready set a 1500 pb of 4:41 and 3000m pb of 10:14. This year she came second in both those items at the Super Interhigh held at Germiston stadium. Last year she went to schools and club SA’s in cross country and ended up with a reasonable 7th at schools. Where did she come from? Where was she hiding?
“I started running at the end of 2012. I was previously a hockey player and always played A team, but then I was moved down to the B team and that is when I decided to start running, at first just for my own fitness than actually running it as a sport” says Etsebeth.
Her aim for SA’s in Cape Town this week is to just run pb’s both in the 3000m and 1500m, if she just sticks to Carina Viljoen who ran a 4:29 at schools SA’s she’s sure to walk away with just that… or maybe even more? With all these young girls running the country on fire like Gena Lofstrand, Monique Stander, Carina Viljoen, Lizerie Ferreira, Blandina Makatisi etc, the future of woman’s distance running in this country seems to be blooming with possibilities!
“It inspires me when people reach their dreams and still stay humble like Carina Viljoen and Lizerie Ferreira when they went to Worlds last year!! Was just so amazing! It shows me that anything is possible when you work for it” – Hanli Etsebeth.
Keep a very close eye on this young girl and see her develop into something great in the future. Hanli we wish you the best of luck in all your future endeavours!
EC Media Manager – Adriaan Aldridge