The new concept introduced by the Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club at the weekend is set to continue after a successful meeting for senior and junior athletes at the Madibaz Stadium.
Having previously limited the event to open athletes, this time Madibaz invited schools athletes to compete as well after joining forces with the Port Elizabeth High Schools Athletics Association (PEHSAA).
Madibaz athletics manager Nellis Bothma said the meeting had gone off really well and they would definitely consider the same concept next year.
He added that the athletes had impressed with their performances in the track and field events. Prizes for the top three athletes of R500, R300 and R200 were up for grabs.
In the men’s category, Remano Felix took the honours with his efforts in the 200m and 400m, earning a total of 746 points.
High jumper Garth Ellis was the top field athlete on 761 points.
Lizhare Botha led the way in the women’s track events, earning 1 387 points in the 200m and 400m, while Anneke Kapp (shot put) took the honours in the field events, finishing with 1 608 points.
Junior sprinters Saskia Wait (DF Malherbe) and Bulumko Nthuthu (Grey High) are in line for the R10 000 sport bursary from Madibaz Athletics Club after finishing as the top athletes in their categories.
“The bursary was awarded pending the athlete being accepted to study at Nelson Mandela University in 2020 if they decided to do that,” said Bothma.
“The bursary will be paid into the student account of the athlete after registration in February 2020 following his or her first competition for Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club.”