Olympic Bound Banele Shabangu’s Global Aspirations

by | Apr 16, 2021

South Africa’s current 100m and 200m sprint junior champion, Banele Shabangu, is determined to become a renowned global athletics star and is well on her way to achieving her dream.

The Mpumalanga-born has been making waves in the junior ranks and has successfully qualified for the Junior World Championships in Kenya and Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The student admits balancing education and her sporting career has been a challenging task, however, she always makes time by keeping a schedule on hand to keep her in check.

Speaking with Nonto Nothana, Shabangu reveals her number one supporter and what keeps her motivated.

Banele, thank you for making time to chat with gsport. Who is Banele Shabangu?

Banele Shabangu is just an ordinary girl who is also chasing her dreams like every girl should out there.

How did you realise that you were good at athletics, especially sprinting?

I realized that I’m passionate about sports the moment I stepped on the track and that’s when I realized that this is where I belong.

Who is your number one supporter?

My mother. She always says, “It is really hard but when you love something you’ll always make a plan.”

How do you balance athletics and school work?

“I live a programmed life that has its own special schedule that can accommodate both.” – SA 100m and 200m sprint junior champion, Banele Shabangu on balancing her education and sporting career.

To be honest, it is really hard but when you love something you will always make a plan. I live a programmed life that has its own special schedule that can accommodate both.

How have you invested in your knowledge of athletics?

I have been grooming myself mentally on how to understand and love the sport.

How do you stay motivated on bad days?

“I just go back to the goals that I once set when I was young and they help.” – Shabangu speaks on what keeps her motivated.

Well there’s nothing else I know than running since my whole life has always been about running. I just go back to the goals that I once set when I was young and they help.

What is your biggest highlight?

Qualifying for the Junior World Championships in Kenya and Olympics in Tokyo.

Do you see yourself pursuing a career in sports?

In all honesty, I love athletics but I think it will be great idea if I do something else on the side, while being an athlete.

What injuries are you susceptible to?

Calves.

What do you still hope to achieve in the near future?

I want my name to be known worldwide.

 

Photo 1 Caption: South Africa’s current 100m and 200m sprint junior champion, Banele Shabangu, is determined to become a renowned global athletics star and is well on her way to achieving her dream. Photo: Supplied

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