Lesedi Moloto of Sable was the only athlete to break a school record at the 111th Jeppe interhouse athletics meeting last week.
His distance of 6,03m in the under-14 long jump bettered the old mark by 13cm.
Lesedi is a talented sprinter who also won the under-14 100m, 200m and triple jump.
He came to Jeppe from Laerskool Zeerust on a Jake White rugby scholarship and captained the under-14A team this year. He is a centre who scored 11 tries in the season. “Rugby is the game I love, but I have also always been good at athletics, especially jumping, so I am looking forward to doing that for the school too,” he said.
He was part of the Jeppe Elite Athletes programme at the beginning of the year where he was coached by “Tannie” Elize Smit. He made it into the district team that competed in the Gauteng championships.
“I never really received any coaching in long jump at primary school, so I have improved a lot at Jeppe. I’m happy that I broke the record and I think I can go even further,” he said.
Lesedi is a boarder in Edgar Droste House and, although it was hard to be away from his parents at first, he says he is enjoying hostel life now. “They look after us well and I have made lots of friends, so I am happy.”
Results of Interhouse 2017
1 Sable 546
2 Tsessebe 507
3 Oribi 347
4 Koodoo 228
5 Duiker 224
6 Impala 204
7 Roan 181
8 Eland 172
The interschool programme gets going this Saturday with the traditional Jeppe, Parktown and KES triangular meeting. This is the oldest meeting on the local schools athletics calendar.
The fixtures for the season are:
26th August – Jeppe, KES, Parktown (at Jeppe)
2nd September – Jeppe, Pretoria, Parktown (at Jeppe)
9th September – Jeppe, Private Schools, Parktown (at Jeppe)
16th September – Grand Prix (at KES)
20th September – B teams meeting (at St David’s)
23rd September – Interhigh (at KES)