Mandy’s day starts her day with a much-needed cup of coffee at 05h30.
The Grade 7 educator and Psych honors student, according to her mother, fell in love with running the moment she could walk.
Inspired by her active family, mom being a sprinter in her day and two brothers who also ran, Mandy spends her evenings (after school and studies) training.
With running events having been affected, her latest focus has been on Crossfit – to add, she’s been doing really well at recent competitions.
What she enjoys about sport, is that it’s you vs you. You can set your own goals and chase them down.
Her fondest memory is heartwarming.
“I was still in Grade 9 and had an interschools athletics meeting and the last event of the day was the Medley relay (consisting of 2 x 200m, 1 x 400m and an 800m run by different athletes).
I was the last one to run and receive the baton, we were something like 200m behind the leading school. I remember catching up to the girl and it being a finishing sprint.
The whole crowd was cheering and the announcer kept on saying hier kom ‘n ding. We didn’t win, but it was definitely a moment that I would never forget.”
Forced to participate in school sports, Basheer Omardien never really enjoyed any of the traditional activities. When he reached university, he focused all his energy