By Mark Etheridge
It was a case of third time lucky for distance runner Dominique Scott as she was included in the South African team for next month’s IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England.
She’s one of a small team of six (four men and two women) that will do duty at the championships between 1-4 March.
Sprinter Carina Horn who has twice broken the SA 60m indoor record in recent times, is the only other women in the SA team.
The four men who will wear the green and gold are long jumpers Luvo Manyonga (enjoying a stellar start to his indoor career already with an African record in France) and Ruswahl Samaai, sprinter Emile Erasmus and hurdler Antonio Alkana.
For Scott her selection is long overdue after having not made last year’s World Championships team in London and not being part of the squad first announced to do duty at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia.
‘I woke up to the awesome news of being selected,’ she told Team SA from Fayetteville, Arkansas. ‘I was really excited to hear that South Africa had put me on the team and that they feel I deserve to be on the team and deserve to compete on the world stage.
‘It really means the world to me that I have SA’s support and they want me wearing their uniform on the world stage.
‘I’m excited to compete in my first ever World Champs and will be running the 3000m on Thursday, 1 March [a straight final] and then the 1500 prelims the following day.’
‘I’m really looking forward to wearing green and gold uniform and representing on the world stage for Cape Town, South Africa, Arkansas, my family and just showing everyone that with hard work drams can come true.’
At this stage she’s yet to determine her exact goals for the championships… for now she’s just enjoying being part of the SA team.