In her first attempt at the javelin, Grade 9’s Ntokozo Mashiane qualified for the District Games! We were excited, she was amazed, and we think you will be impressed. Read about how it happened.
By Nkosinathi Mhlanga, Academic Advisor for Grade 8 English & History
In February 2015, ASE participated in The Geluksdal/Tsakane Local Athletic Games. The Games were held at Tsakane Stadium on 18 February 2015 and all the local secondary schools in Tsakane and Geluksdal were invited. Since it was ASE’s first time entering the Local Games, the school only fielded Boys and Girls Under 15 track and field teams, and one javelin athlete.
During these Games, one ASE scholar stood out above the rest. Ntokozo Mashiane, in her first ever javelin event, outlasted the competition and made it through to the District Games.
“I am mesmerised by how I made it to the District Games without any previous experience on Javelin and with no proper training since we do not yet have sport facilities at our campus”, she said expressing her joy for making it through to district games.
At the District Games in Brakpan, Ntokozo said she faced very tough competition from the girls in her age group and did not make it through to the next level. Still, she prides herself with the fact that she made it through even with no prior javelin training.
“I am happy that I made it through to the district games. Even though I did not win at district level I remain happy for those who did and wish them the best as they continue. I take this experience as one of my greatest achievements because it took me to believe in myself and the support I received from school. I envisage to compete again next year and to not only do well in sports but to continue excelling in my academics as well.”
ASE does not yet have sports facilities at the school, but the motivation that ASE scholars showed towards achieving great things and striving for excellence in everything they do proves that they have bright futures ahead of them, and that the school itself is making a tremendous impact in the community of Tsakane.