Yané van der Merwe and Charné Felix were two of the stand out performers on day one of competition as the 2021 Toyota SASAPD National Championships in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape got off in record-breaking style on the track and in the field.
Paralympic hopefuls reminded selectors that they will have a hard job of choosing Team South Africa who will compete at the rescheduled 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, as women athletes accounted for two continental records.
Rising para-athletes, Kim Macdonald, Andrea Haywood, Phila du Plessis and Ayabulela Langa secured provisional South African records.
Unlike qualifying for the Olympic Games, where meeting an A-qualification standard gives an athlete a spot at the Games, the Paralympic Games gives countries slots, earned at specific international competitions and through a global high performance ranking list.
South Africa currently have just 10 slots and SASAPD have stated in their selection policy that they will select athletes that are realistic medal contenders and have a realistic chance of reaching the final at the Paralympic Games.
The Championships conclude on Monday.
Athletics Records at the 2021 Toyota SASAPD National Championships in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape, as at 24 April, 2021:
Yané van der Merwe (GP) Discus Open women F44 – 29.92 (Provisional Africa record)
Charné Felix (WP) Long Jump Open women T44 – 4,37 (Provisional Africa record)
Kim Macdonald (GP) Long Jump u/20 women T64 – 2,84 (Provisional RSA record)
Andrea Haywood (WP) Discus u/20 women F38 – 19.42 (Provisional RSA record)
Phila du Plessis (KZN) Shotput u/17 women F46 – 8.40 (Provisional RSA record)
Ayabulela Langa (EP) Shotput u/17 women F34 – 5.10 (Provisional RSA record)
Photo 1 Caption: Charné Felix (WP) earned the Long Jump Open women T44 – 4,37 (Provisional Africa record) at the 2021 Toyota SASAPD National Championships in Gqeberha, Eastern Cape on Saturday, 24 April 2021. Photo: SASAPD