Local athlete gets silver

LEPHALALE — Former Lephalale FM presenter, Tshepo Kgonyane, received a silver medal after doing 21 km in one hour and 28 minutes during the Soweto Marathon on Sunday 3 November.

Kgonyane said he started running at primary school in Uitzicht, where he began participating in sports activities.

While he was doing an internship at Witpoort hospital in 2014, he played soccer. Some people in the audience remarked about his running abilities, but his football skills weren’t that good.

“That made me focus more on running but although I like running, I never thought it was something I would invest in. Towards the end of 2014, I managed to get a silver medal at another marathon in Irene, Pretoria.

“People who make a living out of running inspires me and, I find more inspiration from the likes of Limpopo born athletes Ludwick Mamabolo as well as Caster Semenya.”

Kgonyane says he runs four times a week to keep up with the demands of the long-distance marathon.

The Soweto marathon was his first-time experience, and the heat didn’t stop him from completing the 21 km in one hour and 28 minutes.

His vision in the next five years is to have an athletic club, which he intends to run in both Lephalale and Uitzitch.

“I want to call it Tshepo Athletic Club and use it as a tool to remove youth from the streets.

“We can achieve all good things through sports as youth can easily be kept busy through it. I urge everyone to ensure they have a healthy body as it brings a healthy mind,” he concluded.

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