After setting a new record in the Varsity Athletics discus event, Bestmed Madibaz field athlete Ischke Senekal will be out to confirm her credentials in the South African Senior Championships, starting in Pretoria tomorrow.
The 25-year-old discus and shot put ace threw the qualifying distance for the Commonwealth Games this year, but was not included in the South African squad for the event in Australia next month.
She has, therefore, placed her focus on the national championships, to be held from tomorrow to Saturday.
“It is a major meeting for us and, being the national champs, it gives you a chance to show you are the best in the country.
“I just want to go out and perform to the best of my ability.”
The final-year education honours student underlined her form when she set a new Varsity Athletics mark of 56.69 metres at the year’s opening meeting in Pretoria early this month.
She said she was extremely pleased with the performance as it came close to her personal best of 56.86.
“I didn’t know what the record was, but after my first throw they told me I was not far away from the mark.
“At that moment I realised that breaking the record was a possibility and from then it became a goal for me to try to set a new mark.”
Bestmed Madibaz athletics manager Nellis Bothma said they were extremely proud of Senekal’s performances.
“Despite the disappointment of missing out on the Commonwealth Games, we are sure that she will make history again by winning both the discus and shot put at the national championships in Pretoria,” he said.
“She is also close to the SA discus record [64.87m]. Her coach and the club will be ecstatic if she manages to break that mark over the next few days.”