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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

CPUT athlete in African Championships

JETTING OFF: CPUT athlete Siboniso Soldaka will represent South Africa in the 3 000m steeple-chase at the 2018 African Championship in August in Asaba, Nigeria. JETTING OFF: CPUT athlete Siboniso Soldaka will represent South Africa in the 3 000m steeple-chase at the 2018 African Championship in August in Asaba, Nigeria.

Business and Information Administration third-year student, Siboniso Soldaka, has made the national Athletics South Africa (ASA) team which will take part at the 2018 African Championship in August in Nigeria.

Siboniso, 27, will represent the country in the 3 000m steeple-chase at the games and will be rubbing shoulders with track superstars such as Olympics gold medallist Caster Semenya (800m and 1 500m) as well as sprinters Akani Simbine (100m) and Anaso Jobodwana (200m).

The ASA team, which will be competing at the championships in Asaba, Nigeria from 1 to 5 August, consists of 79 athletes (47 men and 32 women).

“The first objective of the ASA Team will be to maintain the first position in Africa on the medal tally,” said ASA CEO Richard Stander in a letter to the athletes. “ASA achieved position 1 on the medal tally in Africa at the 2018 CAA African Senior Championships in Durban.”

Stander added that the team consists of a healthy balance between experienced and young upcoming talented athletes, as the team also has to prepare for the 2019 IAAF World Championships and ultimately the 2020 Olympic Games.

“It came as great news to me that ASA has given me the opportunity to be in the National Team,” says Siboniso. “I aim to keep performing better at all times and get faster and faster so that I can get more of these opportunities.”

He has nothing but praise for his coach, Sean Snyman, for his amazing support.

“I believe that God will be with me all the way and open more doors for me as long as I keep working hard and I also wish to get full support from CPUT.”

He adds that trips to Belgium and the Netherlands which he took in May and June 2018 boosted his confidence and competing with world-class athletes was a great experience.

This won’t be the first time Siboniso represents his country at an international athletic meeting. After winning a bronze medal at the USSA National Championships in 2016, Siboniso booked a spot in the CUCSA Games in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where he went on to win the silver medal in the 1500m.

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.