Winning the 2021 Momentum gsport Awards SuperSport School Sport Star of the Year accolade has inspired Miyanda Maseti to continue striving for greatness.
Maseti, who is a three-time South African BMX Champion, two-time national champion and junior Protea colours recipient, was recognised for her outstanding achievements at the 16th edition of the awards ceremony took place on 31 August.
In her six years of riding, Maseti reveals that she never thought that she would win an award so early in her career but has welcomed the award as her biggest highlight to date.
Speaking with Nonto Nothana, Maseti reveals how she hopes to make it to the World Cup next year and how she balances her studies and sporting career.
Congratulations Miyanda on winning the 2021 Momentum gsport Awards SuperSport School Sport Star of the Year. How was the experience like for you?
Thank you so much! I met so many people who were more accomplished than I was and it inspired me and gave me motivation to do better.
Did you ever see yourself getting this kind of recognition so soon in your career?
Not really like I said before, I haven’t accomplished half of the things that the people there did, so it came as a big shock that I was even nominated for such a prestigious award.
“The fact that some people do believe that I should’ve been up there is amazing and a big confidence boost. I will work 10 times as hard to get to that level” – #gsport16 SuperSport School Sport Star of the Year winner, Miyanda Maseti
What does this award mean to you and your career?
I don’t think I should have gotten it this year because I don’t think I’m on that level yet, but the fact that some people do believe that I should’ve been up there is amazing and a big confidence boost. I will work 10 times as hard to get to that level.
Tell us more about Miyanda Maseti.
I love riding bikes and my favourite sport to watch is F1. I’m not a very interesting person but I think these are the basics.
How do you balance your studies and being an athlete?
I am currently home schooling because of the current situation, so it made it much easier to balance the two.
You are a three-time South African BMX Champion, two-time national champion and junior Protea colours recipient, participated in four BMX World Cups and will be representing South Africa at the 2021 UCI BMX World Championships this. What keeps you motivated?
This year I struggled with motivation as everything got cancelled, from our nationals to the world champs but I’m looking forward to the grand national in America at the end of the year.
What has been your career highlight thus far?
This year, it has been winning the SuperSport School Sport Star award at the Momentum gsport Awards because I haven’t done anything as awesome as this.
What are your goals and dreams going forward?
Next year I want to get onto the World Cup circuit and be in contention for a gold medal at the World Championships, but the main goal is 2024 at the Paris Olympic Games.
What and when is your next race?
My next race is Gauteng (provincial) race at my home track.
Photo 1 Caption: 2021 Momentum gsport SuperSport School Sport Star of the Year, Miyanda Maseti, pictured at the 2021 Momentum gsport Awards on Tuesday, 31 August. Photo: gsport