Big chance for young athletes

RISING UP: High jumper Garth Ellis is one of the Madibaz club athletes who are to benefit from the enhanced Bestmed sponsorship. Picture: Supplied
RISING UP: High jumper Garth Ellis is one of the Madibaz club athletes who are to benefit from the
enhanced Bestmed sponsorship. Picture: Supplied

Madibaz stars to help boost talent at top Cradock schools meeting

NMMU will focus on developing and attracting young athletes when the Bestmed Madibaz Top 10 Athletics Meeting for schools takes place at the Cradock Stadium tomorrow.

Hosted by Cradock High School, the meeting caters for top athletes from at least 40 schools in the Eastern and Western Cape.

To provide quality competition for their athletes, a number of Madibaz stars will be participating in continued preparations for the new season.

Madibaz Sports athletics manager Nellis Bothma said the meeting was an NMMU initiative, in conjunction with sponsors Bestmed Medical Aid Scheme, which has increased its support for the Madibaz Athletics Club.

“The Bestmed Scheme has been involved with NMMU over a number of years, but indicated this year that it wished to play a role at a higher level,” Bothma said.

“Under the new sponsorship, Bestmed will support the Madibaz Athletics Club financially over the next three years. It will also become the naming rights sponsor for the club’s trackand- field events.”

Bothma said Bestmed would also support the George campus’s athletics programme, which includes a street mile series in George, Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn in December.

The enhanced sponsorship would be important in assisting the university’s student athletes maintain a high level of competitiveness, while also attracting future talent, he said.

“It provides more opportunities for our athletes and coaches – and gives us the chance to market our club better to local athletes. “We want to work even closer with our schools to enhance the performances of the athletes in our region.”

Bothma said the NMMU club would usemeetings, like the one in Cradock, as a breeding ground to boost its resources for the Varsity Athletics competition in March and April.

“The Madibaz club also wants to form partnerships with schools athletes who might be keen on linking up with us next season. “The bottom line is that we are implementing a plan to enhance our performances and to strengthen relationships with our partners,” he said.

“We need to recruit strategically for our club to ensure we stay a force in EP and in varsity athletics.”

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