Daniel Quitata only had three chances to run for the school before the cross country season was put on hold due to the latest Covid-19 restrictions, but he did enough to show that he is a potential future star.
“I finished in the top 10 at the first two meetings and in the third one – at Rietvlei Farm – I won the junior race ahead of about 100 other runners,” he told us.
Daniel is in grade 8 and a boarder at Droste House. He is on a Theo Jackson Scholarship Fund bursary. He was always a good runner, he says, but he is really enjoying it now at Jeppe. “I’m surrounded here by others who I want to follow and it has motivated me to come out of my shell and give it a full go,” he said.
“Coming to Jeppe is all that I have wished for. I’ve been given opportunities here that I might not have got at another school and I have improved in the classroom compared to primary school.”
Daniel is sorry that he is not running races at this stage, but he says it is not the end of the world. “I have four more years at the school ahead of me and there will be lots of other opportunities,” he said.
In the meantime, training continues. “We are running about 24km a week under the coaches and I am pretty fit, hopefully I will be able to test myself against other schools soon.”