Rising Discus Star Lesedi Khunou on Balancing Education and Sport

by | Apr 22, 2021

Four-time AGN reigning Discus champion, Lesedi Khunou, is a firm believer in balancing school work, athletic commitments, family and personal life by managing her time correctly as she aims to become a well-known professional thrower globally.

The 16-year-old, who was inspired by her brother to get involved in the sport, has an incredible work ethic and advises the youth to choose their path and invest in their craft.

Khunou’s dream for the next few years is to set an everlasting impression by inspiring a large number of people to participate in sport and represent South Africa at the highest level of competition against the best throwers.

Speaking with Nonto Nothana, Khunou reveals her heroes in sport and what lies ahead in terms of competition for the rest of the year.

Lesedi, thank you for making time to chat to us! Who is Lesedi Khunou?

Lesedi-Naledi Meloney Khunou is currently aged 16 years, turning 17 in August. I am a Under-15 2019 School Athletics Champion, 4-time AGN reigning champion, just to mention a few of my achievements. My favourite item is Discus and Shotput, I am currently a learner at Die Hoerskool Menlopark. Christian by belief, and close friends who have been the anchor of support throughout my throwing career. I am quite closely connected to my siblings, as well other throwers because we share the same goals and objectives. However, I am the most reserved eldest sister and have a small circle of friends.

Who inspired you to do Discus?

In our household my brother began throwing Discus. Despite the fact that he had previously ran away (from the sport), my mother made sure that he took part in the next event. I asked whether I could also participate in Discus and from the age of 12, my brother has inspired and guided me.

“Balancing school work, athletic commitments, family and your personal life can be stressful. Fortunately, if you spend some time finding out how to handle it you can be able to alleviate a lot of the tension.” – Four-time AGN Discus champion, Lesedi Khunou

Being given that you are a student, how do you balance both sport and education?

  • Your high school years are both exciting and challenging. Balancing school work, athletic commitments, family and your personal life can be stressful. Fortunately, if you spend some time finding out how to handle it you can be able to alleviate a lot of the tension leaving you free to enjoy your senior year.
  • The most important thing is time, make the most of your spare time don’t spend all of your time hanging out with your peers. Use most of your time to check something off your to-do list (tick the boxes).

Who are your role models in Discus or sports in general?

I look up to IIke Wyludda a former German Discus thrower, she set eleven junior records at Discus throw and became junior world champion. She recorded 141 successive wins.

Serena Williams, an American professional tennis player and former world no.1 in women’s single tennis. Serena has already left an indelible mark by encouraging a lot of people to take part in sport whether it’s athletics, tennis, rugby and netball.

Who is your to go person in terms of discus?

In terms of Discus, it would be my older brother who would assist me with some Discus technique errors.

When I lose focus emotionally, it’s my oldest brother who gets me back on track, he always encourages me to stay humble no matter what I accomplish in life.

Why Discus and not any other sport?

“I believe my body is well suited to the challenges that Discus provides and I enjoy the mental pursuit of finding the perfect throw.” – Khunou speaks on why she chose to participate in Discus.

I got results early with Discus that made me proud and confident that I could pursue in this sport. I believe my body is well suited to the challenges that Discus provides and I enjoy the mental pursuit of finding the perfect throw where natural ability, hard work, skill, focus and execution come together.

What advice can you give to a learner who would love to play sport at school?

The importance of commitment and hard work cannot be overstated. You must be passionate about the sport you have chosen and give it your all.

When is the next competition and how are you preparing yourself for it?

AGN has organized a number of leagues in which I would like to participate. I’m preparing for it by increasing my intensity in training sessions and bringing in a few mindfulness sessions.

What are your dreams for the next few years?

I want to set an everlasting impression by inspiring a large number of people to participate in sport and representing my country at the highest level of competition against the best in the world and see how sport brings people together.

Where can we get hold of you on social media?

You can reach out to me on the following social media platforms: Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook.

I would like to thank my friends and family for the continuous support throughout my throwing career. I have met a lot of new people and I learned a lot of new things. Thank you gsport4girls for the amazing opportunity.

 

Photo 1 Caption: Four-time AGN reigning Discus champion, Lesedi Khunou, is a firm believer in balancing school work, athletic commitments, family and personal life by managing her time correctly as she aims to become a well-known professional thrower globally. Photo: Supplied

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