Carletonville athlete off to nationals

Phenyo Mabyane was ready to leave for the nationals on Tuesday.

An athlete from Carletonville was on his way to the ASA (Athletics South Africa) national championships in the Western Cape this week.
Phenyo Mabyane, an 18-year-old matric learner at Ferdinand Postma High School in Potchefstroom, was ready to leave for this event at the Dal Josaphat Stadium in Paarl on Tuesday. The championships will take place from 5 to 7 April. He qualified to represent North West province after notching up his best personal time of 10,95 seconds in the u.18 100 m sprint at a big event in Sasolburg last week.
‘I was very happy with this result as the year started off badly for me. I suffered from shin splints and had to have physiotherapy,’ he said.
Phenyo is a well-known athlete in Carletonville.
He attended Carleton Jones High School until last year and was coached by the well-known Annatjie Smith of Smithathlons Athletics Club. He currently trains at the
High-Performance Institute at the North-West University in Potchefstroom and was coached by Samuel Sepeng until recently. Sepeng also coaches the national star, Caster Semenya, who even assisted with some of Phenyo’s coaching herself. Her preparation for the Commonwealth Games now keeps her and Sepeng busy, however.
In the meantime, Phenyo’s older brother, Thaato, has assisted him in preparing for the big event. As far as could be determined, Mabyane is the only athlete from
Carletonville who is going to the nationals.
According to Phenyo, he will be missing his old friend, Franco Schreuder, from Hoërskool Carletonville in Paarl. Franco also qualified but, according to him, had to
withdraw because of shin splints – the same injury from which he suffered earlier this year.
‘I really wish for him to get well soon,’ says Phenyo.

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