Congratulations to 17 year old Bronwyn George for winning first place and taking the gold in Cell C Day of Races in Cape Town. Bronwyn competed in the 5000 meter race in the under 18 category with a time of 16:06. Bronwyn grew up in a children’s home as an orphan but like all championships, he does not let his circumstances dictate his future.
Bronwyn only started competing in December 2015, but he has already earned his Western Province colours in Cross Country. He represented the Province at the SA championships, he he won Night Race at Durbanville Golf Club and he represented his school at the SA Schools Cross Country.
Bronwyn says that he loves racing and he appreciates the fact that it gives him an opportunity to meet new people. He says that every year he sets himself a new goal, and after earning his WP colours, he now has his sights set on earning his South African colours. His ultimate goal is to compete in the 5000 meter at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
One of the people that is helping him achieve his dream is the former national champion, Johnny Persents, who was also orphaned as a child. Johnny says that Bronwyn still has a lot to learn and wants to include him in his training team. He says that often it is not the athlete with the strongest legs who wins, but the one with the strongest mind.
Good luck to you Bronwyn George, a South African hero in the making.