South African track and field athlete, Rikenette Steenkamp, hopes to make the most of 2021, despite the challenges which continue to prevail due to the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic.
The 28-year-old took to her Instagram account to share her views on the year ahead, saying:
“2021, I want to make the most of you, regardless of the curveballs or something as far as a worldwide pandemic that you may hold.” – Rikenette Steenkamp, SA Track and Field Athlete
“I want to strive in the unclean, seize every opportunity, work hard, build character, nurture friendships, keep perspective on what really matters and to just live absolutely full, free and light.
“I want to sit at my Creator’s feet and pray without ceasing. I want to pray for my country, my people and my dreams.
“2021, may you be a beautiful story.” – Rikenette Steenkamp, SA Track and Field Athlete
In 2020, Steenkamp made the most out of the few opportunities she managed to race in before Covid-19 struck.
In February she broke the South African Indoor record for the 60m hurdles by clocking times of 8.29 in Glasgow and then 8.17 in Madrid. It was the first time she had competed indoors.
She only once got to compete in the 100m hurdles during the Gauteng North Championships at Tuks, where she won in a time of 13.22.
Steenkamp also holds the South African 100m-hurdles record. During the Resisprint International Track and Field meeting in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland in 2018 she clocked a time of 12.81.
Photo 1 Caption: South African 100m-hurdles record holder Rikenette Steenkamp has promised to make the most of the year ahead. Image: Supplied