A third-placed finish at the weekend’s Western Cape primary schools athletic championships in Paarl secured promising WP high jump record-holder, Jamiel Marcus, his spot on the squad set to compete at next week’s nationals in Gauteng.
Although nursing a niggling ankle injury, the 13-year-old did enough to qualify.
Jamiel, a grade seven pupil at Floreat Primary school in Steenberg, broke the Western Province under-13 record at Blue Downs Stadium earlier this year, following a similar record-breaking performance in the under-12 division at last year’s provincial championships in Oudtshoorn.
Jamiel, who started athletics in 2007, says he feels honoured to have done well last year and at the weekend.
“I feel happy and my parents are happy. It is a great honour to represent Floreat Primary school. I came third at the weekend but I feel excited for the nationals,” says Jamiel.
Floreat Primary’s sports coordinator Daniel Coetzee says Jamiel cleared the 1.68m mark to break both records. Coetzee says in the last three years Floreat Primary school has excelled in the zonal events and in producing provincial athletes.
“In the last three years we have won our section. Every year our team consists of about 85 to 90 athletes and five or six of them end up representing the province. Jamiel is our second athlete to go to the nationals in the last four years that I have been part of the school,” says Coetzee.
He says Jamiel has worked hard for his success.
“I always tell my athletes that it’s not about winning but for them to enjoy themselves.”
Coetzee says since Jamiel started taking part in athletics at the school, he has excelled in both track and field events.