PUMA is proud to announce track sensation Gena Lofstrand as the new Vice Principal of the PUMA School of Speed 2019, reporting in to Principal Usain Bolt.
“It’s an honour to have been named Vice Principal. I feel so lucky to be a part of something that is making waves in South African schools’ athletics,” says Lofstrand, who won the 800m title at the SA Senior Championships aged just 17 in 2013.
“I hope to help PUMA to encourage more young people to take part in athletics, and I hope to help inspire and encourage other athletes to chase their dreams relentlessly, as I chase my own.”
The PUMA School of Speed 2019 is a national series of 5 track meets with the first to be hosted at Coetzenburg, Stellenbosch on 26 January 2019. Headedby the World’s Fastest Man Usain Bolt,the series was launched in 2016 to identify exceptional young South African athletes competing in long and high jump, the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, short hurdles and relays.
“School of Speed events are always so exciting, and it is so important to give younger athletes the opportunity to compete in such high-quality events. Every athlete deserves the chance to be celebrated and given the opportunity to showcase all the hard work they’ve put into their sport, and I believe the School of Speed gives junior athletes the chance to do that,” says Lofstrand.
Lofstrand encourages young athletes across the country to enter the series for 2019 and has the following words of inspiration: “Never place limits on what you can achieve. Always set your goals high, goals that may seem crazy at first. You are capable of so much more than you could even imagine, you could end up surprising yourself with what you achieve, as long as you put in the hard work and stay dedicated. Everything is possible.”
PUMA Marketing Director Brett Bellingersays Lofstrand is a worthy Vice Principal of the PUMA School of Speed 2019: “It’s always rewarding to see young South Africans excel and Gena will use her position to inspire teenage South Africans to follow in her footsteps and those of Usain Bolt.”
PUMA School of Speed entriesare now open at https://schoolofspeed.comwith meets at Coetzenburg, Stellenbosch on January 26; Ruimsig Athletics Stadium in Johannesburg on February 2; Kings Park Athletics Stadium in Durban on February 9; Bestmed TUKS Stadium in Pretoria on March 2; and PUK McArthur Stadium in Potchefstroom on March 13.
The PUMA School of Speed was launched in 2016 and is headed by the World’s Fastest man, Usain Bolt. Former reigning SA 100m champion Henricho Bruintjies was appointed as VP in South Africa at the time. In 2018, Thando Roto, South Africa’s then second fastest man over 100m proudly took over from Bruintjies.
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