Young Nonhlanhla Gcina from Umzimkhulu is no doubt a future road running sensation to watch for South Africa. The young Umzimkhulu girl was again the winner of the KZNDSR/KZNA Youth Run 10km women’s category on Saturday, 28 May in Durban, making it two in a row. In 2014 she had come second in the race.
Gcina and runner up Aphelele Jileka are part of the KwaZulu-Natal Elite Athlete Development Programme (EADP) funded by the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation and implemented by Prime High Performance Centre at the Moses Mabhida stadium. The multi-million rand programme ensures that our top performing athletes receive the best sport conditioning, nutritional support and sports medicine to prepare them to be the best of the best. It includes athletes from all sporting codes who have been identified by their respective federations as the best performers.
The third lady to come home was Lungelo Gamede.
The Youth Run, which incorporates a 10 and 5km races, is only for the athletes between the ages of nine and 19 years, with the majority joining the race from different schools in the Province.
In the category for the schools that brought in most runners, Zwelibanzi High School from Umlazi won again for more than six years in the row. The school pocketed R6000. In the second place was Betchet School (R4000), 3rd Ndongeni (R3000), 4th Ogwini (R2000), and 5th Khwezi (R1000).