The 12-year-old boy, Vincent Mokoena from Kauletsi, has against all odds conquered an athletics competition and pushed his way to the final.
Vincent, a learner from Radibaki Primary School, has been dominating the 1 200 m distance locally and last week he embarked on a journey that led him to the primary school finals.
Prior to this trip, his mother Johankie Mokoena, poured her heart out about challenges Vincent faces when it comes to obtaining sports equipment and relevant resources to assist him in accomplishing his running goals.
She says her son had difficulties with transport from Kauletsi to Polokwane on Tuesday last week, where he would travel in a bus to Daljosafat Stadium in the Western Cape.
“I was promised transport by the school before my son would travel to Cape Town. To my surprise, issues arose in the last hours. Eventually we were assisted by Lephalale Municipality with transport,” she said.
Johankie says she works at a shop and is unable to buy her son all he needs to be a competitive athlete.
“We noticed Vincent’s running talents when he was only 7 years old and since then he has won several gold medals and cups for the 1 200 m event, ranging from Mogol Club to Port Elizabeth.
I have seen him overcome great adversity and I see a bright future for him. The biggest fear I have is for him to lose interest in his talent simply because he isn’t getting the support he deserves. I also wish I knew where to take him to ensure he continues to shine,” she said.
As Vincent will be going to secondary school next year, his mother says she would not like to see him let any negative influence get to him.
Though he reached the final he did not obtain a medal and it has been reported that he suffered cramps that prevented him from finishing the 1 200 m.
Anyone who wants to support Vincent Mokoena please contact Leoni Kruger on firstname.lastname@example.org.