Athletics powerhouse, Western Province Athletics, selected a small team of just over 60 athletes to represent the coastal province at the South African Cross Country Championships taking place in Pacaltsdorp, George on Saturday 10 September 2016.

The team will be led by the thirty year old Western Province and national athletics stalwart Zintle Xiniwe and the new and exciting talent Anthony Timoteus who was recently crowned Confederations of University and College Sport Associations (CUCSA) champion in the men’s 5000m final in Zimbabwe under the University Sport South Africa (USSA) banner. Sibusiso Madikizela, former South African under/23 3000m Steeple-chase champion, on the other hand, was selected for the longer 10km race alongside Nadeel Wildschutt from Itheko Athletics club and Du-Wayne Philander and Warren Hefke from UWC, a strong team with strong chances of finishing on the podium of the men’s 10km section.

Xiniwe, however, will be accompanied by another CUCSA gold medallist Tanya Scott and the exhilarating Candyce Hall in the women’s 10km. Granwin Katzen (Celtic Harries), Anel Terblanche (KPMG), Emiele Paulsen (FNB Mulitsport), Pamela Moyikwa (K-Way VOB), Heinrich Wagner (KPMG), Lee-Shay Willemse (Velocity) and Anthony Timoteus (UWC), on the other hand, is set to wear the blue and white colours of the province with pride in the 4km on 10 September 2016. The in-form KPMG star who recently attended the very difficult Eagles Academy Training Camp in Mpumalanga, Heinrich Wagner, will look to cause an upset amongst the cream of the crop on the day whilst Timoteus’ improvements over the past 3 years marks him as one of the favourites to win the men’s 4km.

Western Cape, usually known for its ‘raw-talented’ sports men and women, seems to be the breeding ground for the country’s top junior track and cross country athletes. Rowhaldo Ratz, who has represented South Africa at the World Cross Country Championships in March this year, will be joined by fellow strong-men Jason Koopman and McMarshall Hartzenberg, thus making them one of the strongest junior teams entered for the championships. Various national championships medallist, Ashleigh Simonis, will set the bar high for fellow teammates Tegan Pitt, Hayley Preen and Sophie Cope in the junior women’s section, thus encouraging nothing but good running.

A solid rock Western Province Athletics team will head to Pacaltsdorp, George with high hopes to live up to, and that’s what they will do.

Featured Image by Anel Terblanche