Smithathlons athletes bolt to success in competitions

Caswell Fakude (left) and Marceghlle Wakefield with their coach, Annetjie Smith.

Two athletes from the Smithathlons Athletics Club in Carletonville recently proved they do not have to stand back for anyone.
Caswell Fakude (17) walked off as the national champion in the u.18 200 m event during the national LSEN (Learners With Special Educational Needs) schools competition. This event took place in Potchefstroom on 20 March.
Fakude, a learner of Goudwes School, also came third in the 100 m event. He was the only local athlete to have proceeded to the LSEN nationals.
The Smithathlons coach, Annatjie Smith, calls Caswell ‘Preacher Boy’ because his father is a minister. She says he did so well because he is not afraid to work hard.
Marceghlle Wakefield, a 12-year-old learner of Laerskool Jongspan, is another star athlete from Smithathlons. He started off his year with a bang after winning the 1 200 m event at the school’s inter-house competition. From there, he proceeded to the D2 and district championships, among others,
where he also came first every time. Although Marceghlle won the semi-final heat at the South Gauteng championships again, he pulled his hamstring muscle on the last day of the competition.
‘You can see that he is set for big things because, even though he sustained this serious injury in the first round, he continued to finish the race.
It is this kind of perseverance that makes big athletes. I am sure he is going to proceed to the nationals next year,’ says Smith.
Marceghlle has been receiving physiotherapy and acupuncture treatment and had almost completely recovered from his injury this week, after receiving . He only joined Smithathlons last year.
From now on, the athletes will continue with their winter programme. This includes road work and other activities like tyre-pulling to improve their strength. They also do special uphill practices at Elandsrand. Long distance athletes like Marceghlle will also take part in cross-country.
‘I do not believe in letting my athletes train in gyms as all the muscle they build in the gym almost immediately turns to fat once they sit still, says Smith. She has coached national athletes like Simon Magakwe in the past.

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