Roberto is flying down the track

Roberto Agrizzi won the under-19 100m, 110m and 400m at the recent interhouse athletics meeting, he came second in the triple jump and his Sable u-19 relay team won their race too.

That was quite a haul of points for his team, and it helped them to their third successive Dudley Wallendorf Shield as interhouse champions, and it earned Roberto the Senior Victor Ludorum trophy to go along with the 100m champion cup.

Roberto is happy that Sable won, and his sights are set now on the athletics season that lies ahead, and the interhigh in Pretoria on 14th September. “I had a good Elite Athletes season in the first term although I was injured and couldn’t go to provincial trials,” he said. “So I’m looking forward to the school meetings that lie ahead.”

Last year Roberto did make the Gauteng provincial team and, he says, he was won quite a few hurdles races at the invitational meetings in the Elite Athletes season, and he usually finishes in the top two in the races he competes in.At the interhigh last year he came second in the 100m and the 100m hurdles and third in the 200m, so he is hoping to better this year.

“There is no doubt that in my time at Jeppe the athletics programme has come along in leaps and bounds,” he said. “The Elite Athletes programme allows us to train and compete all year, and to go for provincial selection. The coaches and the school make sure that we are entered in enough competitions and they lay on transport for us, which is great.”

Although his focus is very much on athletics, Roberto also plays rugby for the school. “I hovered between the 2nd and 3rd team this year, but I enjoyed being part of the team and experiencing the Jeppe rugby spirit. I will probably play rugby again next year, but my target is to make the 2nds, no higher.”

Looking back on his years at Jeppe, Roberta said it has been a great experience. “When you spend so much time together in training, and on bus trips, you make special friends and I have formed a close bond with the same group of guys over the years.”

He has one more year at school but he already has a possible scholarship to a college in the United States in the pipeline. That’s still some way off, however, and we look forward to seeing him fly down the track in black and white in the mean time.