The 2020 PUMA School of Speed Season got off to a blistering start with the PUMA School of Speed #1 that was hosted at the Dal Josaphat Athletics Stadium in Paarl on Wednesday, 22 January 2020.

The PUMA School of Speed #1 saw junior track and field #FutureStars between the ages of 14-19 compete in long and high jump, the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, long jump and hurdles.

Jamie-Leigh Oliphant (La Rochelle Girls High School) obliterated the field in the Girls U19 100m. “The PUMA School of Speed is a good platform for young athletes that would like to do well in the sport. Although it’s still at the beginning of the season, finishing first is a big achievement.  I am hoping to continue doing as good as I did today.”

According to Girls U19 200m winner, Courtney Van Heerden (University of the Western Cape), it’s the competition that attracts her to the PUMA School of Speed Series. “It’s just before the school events start, so everyone is hyped up. My advice to other athletes is to work hard and stay focused.”

Anneken Viljoen (Bloemhof High School) took top honours in the Girls U19 400m. “I really enjoy the PUMA School of Speed Series and have been competing since I was in grade 8. Every year it just gets better. It’s a great way to start the season. It means a lot to finish first especially because it’s the first event of the series.”

“The PUMA School of Speed #1 was the perfect start to the 2020 PUMA School of Speed Season,” says PUMA Marketing Director Brett Bellinger.

“Our goal is to identify exceptional young South African athletes who believe that their future is #ForeverFaster. Today each athlete surpassed all expectations. The standard has been set. We look forward to seeing Joburg’s response at the PUMA School of Speed #2 at the Ruimsig Athletics Stadium on Saturday, 25 January 2020.”

 

 

 

Photo 1 Caption: Jamie-Leigh Oliphant (La Rochelle Girls High School) on her way to victory in the Girls U19 100m. Photo: Mark Sampson

Photo 2 Caption: Anneken Viljoen (Bloemhof High School) took top honours in the Girls U19 400m. Photo: Mark Sampson

 

With editing by gsport