A grade 12 pupil from Bulelani High School represented the province in the 100 metres at the South African national schools athletics championships, in Port Elizabeth.
School sport lead Zanele Wambu said Aluncedo Sizani, 18, had first participated in the Ezibeleni schools circuit athletics 100 and 200 metres eliminations and came first in both. He then went to the Chris Hani West district athletics elimination, maintaining his first position there. He then proceeded to the provincial competition. “It was not his first race, he had participated last year. He obtained first position at provincial level in the 100 metres in the finals recorded a time of 10.5 seconds, well within the allotted 10.8 seconds which qualified him to participate at national level. However, he did not qualify for the 200 metres due to a minor injury.”
Wambu said Sizani was a diligent pupil, not only in sport but at academics as well. “We have never had discipline issues with him. Even during training sessions he is always willing to go the extra mile. He is very consistent.” She said in terms of preparation, Queen’s College and the department of sport and recreation, along with his personal trainer, had contributed immensely to his journey.
Sizani said he was glad to have been granted an opportunity to represent the school, his family and the province at the annual national programme. “I am passionate about athletics because it enables me to relax, especially when it comes to focusing on my studies. My plan is to help coach other young athletes so they can better their talent. My dream is to also participate in the 2020 Olympics,” he said.
Wambu said another pupil, Somila Madida, had also made the school proud by participating in the U19 javelin event at provincial level.
Madida who wants to become a chief financial officer, said she hopes to study sports science to help improve her javelin action. “There was a lot of pressure and I was proud because I was the only black person in that category. We had extensive support from the school and the teachers.”