SA School Championships Review

The Western Cape’s Mujaahid Ismail ran a personal best of 38.27 seconds to win the gold medal in the boys U15 300m hurdles at the SA High Schools Championships in Port Elizabeth at the weekend. Picture: Keagan Mitchell


With the South African High Schools track and field season coming to an end at the weekend, we take a look at some of the top performers that made headlines.

Amy Naude

KwaZulu Natal’s Amy Naude had a good day at the office clocking 54.50 seconds in the girls under-17 400m sprints to grab the gold medal ahead of Limpopo’s Chinique Brown and the Western Cape’s Elke van der Westhuizen. The trio all clocked sub 55 seconds in the girls U17 400m sprints.

Nicole Louw

Free State-born Nicole Louw was in fine form in the girls U19 800m and 1500m events. Nicole claimed the gold medal in both of these events and will hope to take her form into the Twizza Athletics South Africa (ASA) Youth and Junior Championships in Paarl later this week.

Kayla van der Bergh

Kayla van der Bergh was in a class of her own in the girls U17 100m hurdles. The young speedster clocked 13.80 seconds in the heats and followed that up with 13.78 seconds to grab the gold medal. She was the only athlete to dip under 14 seconds in the girls U17 100m hurdles events.

Jana van Schalkwyk

The Western Cape’s Jana van Schalkwyk put up a staller performance in the girls U19 javelin event to win the gold medal with a distance of 50.20 meters. Van Jana who was out for most of last season due to injury is peaking at the right time ahead of this week’s Twizza ASA Youth and Junior Championships. She was also part of the SA team that competed at the IAAF World U18 Championships in Kenya in 2017.

Dane Roets

Gauteng’s Dane Roets took first place in the girls U17 shot put event with a new SA schools record of 17.58m. Roets who has been doing well this season will head into the Twizza ASA Youth and Junior Championships full of confidence.

Sinesipho Dambile

Sinesipho Dambile has been getting better at every competition that he is competing in. He outsmarted his opponents at the SA Schools Championships to take the gold medal in the boys U17 200m sprints clocking 20.77 seconds. Sinesipho time of 20.77 seconds was also a new SA schools record in the boys U17 200m sprints. Ahead of the final he breezed through his heat clocking 21.49 seconds and followed that up with a time of 20.97 seconds in the semi-finals.

Lythe Pillay

Gauteng’s Lythe Pillay is having a season to remember thus far. Lythe stormed his way to victory in the boys U17 400m sprints clocking 46.65 seconds. He kicked off his competition in fine style clocking 47.30 seconds in his heat.

Garrick Rees

Gauteng’s Garrick Rees made a statement at the National High Schools Championships. Garrick was crowned champion in the boys U15 800m, 1500m and 3000 events. His time of 1:52.66 seconds in the 800m event was a new boys U15 SA schools record.

Mujaahid Ismail

The Western Cape’s Mujaahid Ismail had a good outing at the South African Schools Championships. Ismail was crowned champion in the boys U15 300m hurdles clocking a personal best of the 38.27 seconds. He went on to finish in third place in the boys U15 100m hurdles.

Jason Tito

The Western Cape’s Jason Tito continued from where he left off her last season. He leaped his way to the gold medal with a distance of 7.35m. He was followed by provincial teammate Daiyaan Wyngaard and Mpumalanga’s Thapelo Nkuna.


Written by Keagan Mitchell