Comrades and Two Oceans Marathon winner, Caroline Wostmann will be defending her titles in the colours of the KPMG Running Club in 2016. She is joined by young, exiting and upcoming talent and an Olympic Marathon qualifier.
The fourth runner ever in the rich local history of the sport to win these two legendary races in the same year and only the second South African woman to do so, Wostmann becomes one of the highest profile sports women in the country.
“As a lecturer in the art of chartered accounting, I am able to easily identify with the KPMG brand. I enjoy the family atmosphere of the club and am excited to play my part in the development of the amazing junior athletes at KPMG. I had constructive discussions with the KPMG management team and believe the support I will receive from the club would be a huge benefit for me.” Wostmann, who was a lecturer at Wits University, said.
Wostmann is joined by 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Marathon qualifier, Christine Kalmer, as well as South African internationals Keneilwe Sesing, Olympic 3 000m steeplechase hopeful Tumisang Monnatlala and SA Schools under 19 cross country champion Thandi Sehohle.
Caroline’s Comrades marathon victory at the end of May last year produced the fastest ever “Up Run” (6:12:22) as calculated in minutes per kilometre and was only robbed of the record and a one million rand bonus because the route was 800 metres longer (87,72 km) than normal due to road works in KwaZulu-Natal.
CEO of KPMG, South Africa, Trevor Hoole said: “For us at KPMG, signing Caroline means that we have joined hands with an incredible South African. Someone who seven years ago was a back-of-the-pack runner and now has become one of the most recognised names and faces in South African sport.”
“As a brand ambassador and club member of KPMG, she will no doubt get the Blue Team out there, right in front when it really matters.”
“We are immensely proud to have the 2015 Runner of the Year award winner in our distinctive colours. I have no doubt that KPMG will do everything in their power to ensure that she has an even better year than last.”
“The club came about because our drive at KPMG is to ensure that our team of employees are fit for life, business and competition. Corporate wellness has an incredible effect on quality of life, family, productivity and longevity and we want our company and its people to share in these positive benefits.” Trevor concluded.
Head of Marketing at KPMG, Pierre Jacobs who is the architect of the KPMG club said: “This is without doubt our highest profile signing so far and sets in motion a whole host of possibilities for the KPMG club this year. Our aim in 2016 is to add to the numerous national and provincial titles we’ve already won with our juniors and seniors in 2015 on the track and cross country, by competing aggressively in the ultras as well. Caroline gives us the momentum to start constructing that assault. In the same breath the spread of established runners through to the young talent we have uncovered, gives us a chance to contribute to the development of this truly transformed sport which we all love”
Commenting on Wostmann winning the Runner’s World Runner of the Year Award, nine-time Comrades Marathon winner, Bruce Fordyce said: “Though she had other responsibilities while she trained for Comrades which perhaps some of her opponents didn’t have, she has an exceptional talent. Wostmann is a great advert for the sport of running
Kalmer who has an impressive running CV including the then SA national record for 5 000m indoors (16:21) qualified for the Olympic standard marathon with her 2:33:43 clocking in the 2015 Valencia Marathon in 10th place. “I am working harder than I’ve ever worked to achieve my goal to perform well at the Olympic Games, should I make the team this year, and joining KPMG has given me the opportunity to do even more. It is a privilege to represent a club and a team such as this and it will give my running just the boost that it needs!” Kalmer said.
Tumisang is pouring all his energy into setting a qualifying time that will open the door for him in the 3 000m steeplechase, but believes he has what it takes to whittle off the two seconds he requires to reach the mark of eight minutes and thirty seconds. Tumisang is a product of the KPMG-Vorentoe Running Academy and is currently employed by KPMG.
“It’s going to come in the first three months of 2016. I have no doubt about that. Watch this space!” the prodigious young talent, who wore the green and gold in China at the 2015 World Athletics Championships, said.
Thandi Sehohle was also part of the KPMG-Vorentoe Running Academy and like Tumisang is now employed by KPMG.
As for Sesing, she represented South Africa at the World Cross Country Championships in China last year and is aiming to run the Sanlam Marathon in Cape Town in September in a time of 2:33. She too has an impressive CV, which includes a 34:48 10km and a fourth place at the 2015 Spar Women’s race in Johannesburg. .
Finally KPMG club manager Dana Coetzee said: “To have Caroline, Christine and all the other young talented athletes in our team is a dream come true for me. How could it not be? The Old Mutual Two Oceans and Comrades winner, Caroline is an accessible personality, Christine will hopefully be picked for the Games and then there’s the young talent – which we will help develop – by the bucket heaps. We know that this is going to be a big year for us all at the KPMG club”