Young star’s future shining bright

Orefemetse leading a run with two other athletes, Ilene Moate and Nthabeleng Mokhele.

Things changed, however, when her father received an email offering her a position at the Tuks Sports High School. This school, which is run next to Tshwane University, chooses only the best potential athletes to develop further.
Orefemetse, who is trained by coach Afika Ndlazi, is a star 100-metre athlete who has broken her school’s 100 m record in the past. She has also come third in the same event at the Gauteng athletics championships. She excels in long jump, too, and was the runner-up at the provincial championships in this event.
‘I never in my life thought I would get this type of opportunity,’ Orefemetse told the Herald on Monday.
She added that she really enjoys athletics as she usually wins the events she tackles. Orefemetse has been taking part in athletics every year since she started school and really started training when she was in Gr. 3.
Ndlazi has trained her for the past three years and she trains for an hour, four days a week.
He has trained various local track and field athletes to become provincial or even national stars He said Orefemetse is not his first student to be selected for the Tuks Sports High School.
‘She takes sports very seriously and is a hard-working athlete,’ he said of the young star.
Orefemetse, who wants to become a doctor one day, immediately said that Caster Semenya is her sports icon because of the speed at which this national star shatters international records.

Orefemetse Mapapanyane and her proud coach, Afika Ndlazi.

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