He was speaking at the media brief yesterday held in Sandton, to the celebrate the milestone of the Tuks Marathon since 2000.
The lanky athlete who originally hails from the EC, but found himself at Klerksdorp (NW) before settling in Pretoria due to studying, says defending his title this year for the BestMed Tuks Marathon 10km would propel him to greather heights.
“I am looking forward to improve my last year’s record which would help me to enter for other major events in the country, and possibly in the world. That’s my dream,” affirmed the BTech Sports Management course student, which he’s completing this year.
“With close to thousands of entries already entered; this year’s marathon would prove to be more hectic and that’s were one’s mental ability and psychological impact would be most vital. That’s how I feel at the moment .”
“Sbee” as he’s popularly known to his peers will be competing in the 10km alongside the likes of Sbusiso Nzima whom he beat last year.
Asked who he looks up to and why, the unassuming lad said his coach Steven Mokoka for he has been with him since he came to City.
“He’s inspirational and I’m what I am today because of him. He has all the qualities any athlete can ask from his coach, “ says the 24 year-old.
The Tuks Marathon has been backed up by the leading scheme in the country BestMed, whose record of 49 year’s within the industry speaks volume.
According to Alan Fritz, Executive Head of Sales and Marketing at BestMed, said owing to the popularity of the event, more international athelets from Ethiopia and Kenya have shown vast interest in the marathon.
“This goes to show our involvement in sport and other social upliftment programmes throughout the country, has gone unnoticed by our international sporting compatriots, says the excited Fritz.
Posed to him how much has been invested in the three-year deal which has been extended until 2015, the diplomatic Fritz, said a huge investment has been allocated to the marathon without giving out the numbers.
According to Fritz, BestMed’s four pillars of health, namely be Active, be NutriWise, Be Safe and Be Happy, are considered key in achieving optimal health, hence their involvement in sport.
The BestMed Tuks 2013 Marathon races off on February 16 from Tuks Complex and involves 21km, 10km, 5km and 1km races, respectively. Also included is the 10km wheelchair race.
It’s a family day after-all, lets shed those kilos!
Athletes can pre-enter at different sport shops in Pretoria, Wannabe sport on UP Campus or can download forms from:www.entrytime.com or www.sa-activecom until February 14.