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Seen here:  Gena Löfstrand at the PUMA School of Speed #1 that was hosted at Coetzenburg Athletics Stadium (Stellenbosch) in February 2018. 

Photo Credit:  Mark Sampson

Gena Löfstrand, South African middle-distance runner and Vice Principal of SA’s premier school’s track & field series, the PUMA School of Speed Series, is eagerly awaiting the final two meets, the PUMA School of Speed #4 (Pretoria) on Saturday, 02 March 2019 and PUMA School of Speed #5 (Potchefstroom) on Wednesday, 13 March 2019.

Löfstrand started running cross country in primary school before moving over to track running in high school.

“My first few achievements were winning SA Senior Champs, SA Opens and SA Junior Champs in 2013 when I was 17,” says Löfstrand.  “After that I competed at the World Junior Champs in 2014 where I made the semi-final. I ran my 800m personal best time of 2:01 in 2017, the same year that I competed in my first senior World Championship, making the semi-final.  Although 800m is my main event, I sometimes run 400m just for speed work.”

“I am excited to be a PUMA Ambassador.  I love everything about the brand and what it stands for. The support that I have received from PUMA has been amazing.  They have given me the opportunity to run professionally, allowing me to focus purely on chasing my running dreams.  I am proud to be part of the PUMA family.”

“The PUMA School of Speed Series is such a great platform for up and coming athletes to showcase their talent and all the hard work that they have put into their sport,” continues Löfstrand.  “The meets are well organized, well supported and just super exciting to be a part of.  The Series gives athletes from all over the country something to work towards and look forward to, a reason to pursue athletics. I believe that Puma is becoming a powerful force in helping grow athletics in South Africa.  I am looking forward to the final two meets, the PUMA School of Speed #4 in Pretoria and the PUMA School of Speed #5 in Potchefstroom.

Junior track & field stars can look forward to meeting Gena Löfstrand in the Vice Principal’s office at the PUMA School of Speed #4 (LC de Villiers Sportsground / Pretoria) and PUMA School of Speed #5 (Puk McArthur Stadium / Potchefstroom). 

COMING UP NEXT:  2019 PUMA School of Speed

The PUMA School of Speed invites junior track & field stars between the ages of 14-19 to follow in the footsteps of the World’s Fastest Man Usain Bolt.  The following events can be entered:  long and high jump, the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, long jump and hurdles.

Event & Date:  PUMA School of Speed #4 Saturday, 02 March 2019 / LC de Villiers Sportsground (Pretoria)


Event & Date:  PUMA School of Speed #5 Wednesday, 13 March 2019 / Puk McArthur Stadium in Potchefstroom
Entry FeeAthletes No Cost to enter the event
  Enter Online:
  Please NoteAthlete entries close two days prior to each event.
Entry FeeSpectators R20 / adults

R10 / children

  Pay as you enter the stadium.

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.

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For further information on the PUMA School of Speed please contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045, via email or visit


Issued by:                          NEWSPORT MEDIA

On behalf of:                     STILLWATER SPORTS and the PUMA School of Speed Series