KwaZulu-Natal Athletics hosted the official launch of the KZNA Inter District Relay Challenge at the Prime Human Performance Institute yesterday (12 September). The event is scheduled to take place on the 29th of September at the Kings Park Stadium and KZNA is determined to use this event to find new talent to be potentially groomed towards becoming world class athletes in the future.
The province has invited children between the ages of 15-19 years from 11 districts and various schools which were randomly selected by KZNA based on participation in the province’s activities to take part in the relay challenge. Confirmed districts that will take part include, Amajuba, Zululand, Umkhanyakude, Umzinyathi, Ilembe, Uthukela, Ugu, Umgungundlovu, Harry Gwala and Ethekwini.
Powered by the Comrades Marathon Association, the challenge is aimed at identifying talent in KZN and to nurture skills that will take the sport to greater heights.
The children will take part in two relay events with distances ranging from 100m to 800m for their districts or schools to be crowned champions for the 2018 KZNA Inter-District Challenge. The province currently has two highly progressive development academics running, one based in Durban and one in Newcastle which launched last year.
Both academics have produced great talent which include the likes of 1500m SA senior men champion, Nkosinathi Sibiya and 400m SA silver medallist, Zakithi Nene. Both of the athletes were among the guests at the launch.
The event is open to the public and tickets will be sold at the gate on that day. The challenge will also award participants and publics to rub shoulders with some of the province’s elite runners in the track and field discipline with, Gene Lofstrand and Zakithi Nene being the official ambassadors of the challenge.