With Team South Africa heading to Scotland for the Commonwealth Games at the end of July, we spoke to a number of our track athletes and triathletes about their hopes for the Games.
Cornel Fredericks, 400m hurdles: Training has gone well! This will be my first time representing SA at the Commonwealth Games, and I know to win a medal I need to be hungry, focused and ready for that moment!
Andre Olivier, 800m: My goal for Glasgow is first I need to get into the semi’s, then it’s getting into that final, and once there, I hope to get a medal, of course. I think I’ve learnt a lot the last couple of years, that I can run with the big names, so going into these Games I’m full of confidence.
Kate Roberts, Triathlon: I am really excited that I have been selected for the Games in Glasgow, and thank you to everyone who has been there and supported me during this testing time in my triathlon career. I am excited to throw my heart and soul into the next few weeks, give it my everything and to make you all proud.
Simon Magakwe, 100m: Since breaking 10 seconds, I do feel more pressure, because now I have to run it again, and to run that fast is not easy… but I am hoping for the best in Glasgow, to be in the final, and I’m just training to see myself improve.
Fanie van der Merwe, Para-sport 100m: It has been an exciting season so far. We are busy with the Grand Prix series, and had the privilege of a training camp in Gemona, Italy, preparing us for the competitions ahead. I feel extremely privileged to be part of Team SA. I am in good shape, and I will give it my all.
Zarck Visser, Long Jump: All I want to do is make that final first. When I have done that, I’ll be jumping for gold!
Johan Cronje, 1500m: I think I’m lucky, because I haven’t done the necessary workouts for fast times yet, but I’m already running decent times. I just hope all goes well the next month, because then I’ll be in the kind of shape I want to be at the Commonwealth Games.
Wenda Nel, 400m Hurdles: I am very excited for the Games, and my first goal will be to reach the final. Once there, I want to end on the podium. Rankings of athletes are a good idea of their performances, but anything can happen in a final. I want to be the best I can be on the day, and just want to enjoy it.
LJ van Zyl, 400m hurdles: I have good memories from the 2006 Commonwealth Games – gold and a champs record in the hurdles and silver in the 4×400 – and then silver in the hurdles in 2010. Looking ahead, if my rhythm and stride pattern work out well, I’ll have a good Games again, and we also have a mean 4x400m team of Wayde, Cornel, Shaun and myself!
Richard Murray, Triathlon: I really believe I can medal at the Commonwealth Games, the body will be ready, but we need a plan to be implemented from the South African team. Other countries have their plans in place for the race and I hope we can come up with a winning strategy.
Anaso Jobodwana, 4x100m Relay: I’m just aiming to do well for my team and for my country, that’s the main focus right now, and to compete like I always do.
Willem Coertzen, Decathlon: I’m very excited about Glasgow, been working really hard this year! I’m not the guy who speaks a lot before a competition, I let my actions on the day speak for me, but I really do want to do well, and I feel like I have a very good chance to medal, so that’s the main focus going into Glasgow. I’m really pumped up for it!