Seen here: Junior track & field stars in action at the PUMA School of Speed in Pretoria in 2018.
Photo Credit: Tobias Ginsberg
The LC de Villiers Sportsground (Pretoria) is in for a speed storm on Saturday, 02 March 2019 as junior track & field stars prepare to go #ForeverFaster following in the footsteps of the World’s Fastest Man Usain Bolt at the PUMA School of Speed #4.
Launched in November 2016 by PUMA and Stillwater Sports, the series is committed to the development of athletics talent in South Africa by discovering the fastest young Speedsters.
“We literally hit the year running with the 2019 PUMA School of Speed track & field meets,” said Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports. “The first three meets where exceptionally well supported in Stellenbosch, Roodepoort (Johannesburg) and KwaZulu Natal. Junior track & field stars gave their all, ensuring an action packed day both for athletes and spectators alike. We look forward to continuing the action in Pretoria in March.”
“The first three PUMA School of Speed meets delivered #FastTimes and action-packed racing,” said PUMA Marketing Director Brett Bellinger. “Our junior track & field stars did not disappoint, proving that the future of the sport is #ForeverFaster in South Africa. We are excited to host the fourth (and second last meet for 2019) at the LC de Villiers Sportsground (Pretoria) as we continue our search for South Africa’s fastest young Speedsters. We are proud to help grow the exhilarating sport and look forward to growing our PUMA ambassador programme in 2019.”
Junior track & field stars can look forward to meeting South African middle-distance runner and 2019 PUMA School of Speed Vice Principal, Gena Löfstrand in the Vice Principal’s office at the stadium.
“The PUMA School of Speed Series is a great platform for up and coming athletes to showcase their talent and all the hard work that they’ve put into their sport. It gives athletes something to work for and something to look forward to, a reason to pursue athletics. I believe that PUMA is becoming a powerful force in helping grow athletics in South Africa,” said Löfstrand.
The PUMA School of Speed’s first Head Girl, Rose Xeyi (Soweto, Prestige College) will be seen in action in Pretoria. “I love the PUMA School of Speed Series because it gives young athletes the opportunity to showcase their talent. It is one of the best platforms for explosive athletics.”
PUMA Star, Benu Meintjes (19) from Kimberley is hoping to be injury free by Saturday, 02 March. “It means the world to me to be a PUMA ambassador,” confirmed Meintjes. “It means that I have a team who supports me and gives me the opportunities to live out my talents doing what I love. Being associated with one of the best brands in the world is a great confidence booster.”
“The PUMA School of Speed Series is a great initiative,” continues Meintjies. “In addition to identifying talented athletes, the series also ensures great racing opportunities and experiences. It’s also the best organized track meets that I have ever attended. My goal at each meet will be to do my best, while having fun.”
EVENT INFORMATION: PUMA School of Speed #4
Headed by the World’s Fastest Man Usain Bolt, the PUMA School of Speed Series was launched in 2016 with the goal of identifying exceptional young South African athletes who believe that their future is #ForeverFaster. Junior track & field stars between the ages of 14-19 can follow in the footsteps of Usain Bolt.
|Date:||Saturday, 02 March 2019|
|Venue:||LC de Villiers Sportsground (Pretoria)|
|Entry Fee: Athletes||No Cost to enter the event|
|Enter Online: www.schoolofspeed.com|
|Please Note: Athlete entries close two days prior to each event.|
|Entry Fee: Spectators||R20 / adults
R10 / children
|Pay as you enter the stadium.|
|Events:||100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, Long Jump, High Jump, 100m Hurdles (Boys 15, Girls 17 & 19 only), 90m Hurdles (Girls 15 only) and 90m Hurdles (Girls 15 only) and 110m Hurdles (Boys 17 & 19 only)|
|Age Categories:||U15, U17 and U19|
All entrants will stand a chance to be scouted and contracted to the PUMA Squad. The contract will be for the duration of one calendar year.
Podium winners of each event final will win the following:
- 1st Place – PUMA School of Speed Tee, PUMA peak cap & category medal.
- 2nd Place – PUMA School of Speed Tee, PUMA drawstring bag & category medal.
- 3rd Place – PUMA School of Speed Tee & category medal.
The APE/ASA table will be used to determine the top 3 overall male and female athletes.
- PUMA School of Speed #5: Wednesday, 13 March 2019 / Puk McArthur Stadium in Potchefstroom
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Issued by: NEWSPORT MEDIA