As the search starts for fresh talent, many young athletes will be out to impress when the Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club host a league meeting at Madibaz Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
This meeting, which targets young talent at the varsity, as well as the established stars, will have just two age categories – senior athletes (born 1999 or before) and junior athletes (born 2000 or after).
Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club manager Nellis Bothma said the occasion, which gets under way at 9am, would provide an opportunity to unearth new talent.
Besides the Madibaz first-year students who had received bursaries, he said it was a chance for anyone with potential to make a name for themselves.
“Our coaches will be looking for out for any promising performers they could encourage to take athletics more seriously to ensure the Bestmed Madibaz club remains in a healthy state.”
He added it was also a qualifying opportunity for many of the senior athletes.
“Because the Commonwealth Games are being held relatively early [in Australia in April], most of the senior national events have been brought forward.
“This will be one of the last chances for athletes to secure qualifying times for the big meetings ahead.”
He added that they would have electronic timing for the sprint events to fall in line with the qualifying standards set by Athletics South Africa.
The entry is free for Madibaz students and staff, while visiting senior and junior athletes will pay a fee of R20.
Bothma said athletes had to be licensed, but that there would be an opportunity to purchase a temporary licence for R30.