PUMA South Africa hosted the second School of Speed meeting at the Green Point Athletics Stadium, Cape Town this week.
The meeting saw five exceptional young sprint stars win sponsorships with the global sports brand, boosting their dreams of following in the footsteps of Usain Bolt.
The five rising stars are (pictured left to right) Jayson Weber (U18 – 200 metres), Rudzani Ramukhubathi (U16 – 200m), Julia Lutz (U20 – 200m), Adrian Swart (U16 – 200m), and Juli Vercuiel (U18 – 400m) with School of Speed vice-principal Henricho Bruintjies.
They were among the sprinters, aged 13 to 19, from Cape Town and surrounds who competed in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and relay sprints, cheered on by their families and fellow athletes.
Rreigning SA 100m champ Henricho Bruintjies and fellow PUMA ambassador and Youth Olympic gold medalist Gezelle Magerman, were track side to inspire the youngsters and hand out medals.
‘The second in the PUMA School of Speed series, and the first visit to Cape Town, was a great occasion to see the kids in full flight and battling it out to take top honours and win PUMA contracts,’ said PUMA South Africa Marketing Director Brett Bellinger.
‘The Green Point Stadium is a fantastic location and we look forward to coming back. We enjoyed the day and thank the kids and their parents for turning up. Please join us at the Ruimsig Stadium in Roodeport on 2 February for the next School of Speed, as PUMA continues to unearth the fastest kids in South Africa.’
The national series of School of Speed meets, in partnership with Stillwater Sports, aims to develop athletics talent in South Africa by unearthing the fastest sprinters aged 13 to 19.
See http://schoolofspeed.com for registration details and upcoming meets in Johannesburg, Durban and Paarl.