TALENTED Kingswood College allrounder Dwayne Pharo’s dedication, discipline and determination to the sport of athletics has paid dividends after he scooped two gold medals at the Eastern Cape Provincial Athletics Championships staged in East London over the weekend.
The former Breidbach Primary and Dale College pupil competed in the U14 boys 100m and long jump events, where he emerged the winner and was included in the provincial team to participate in the national championships later this month. Pharo clocked the 100m in a time of 11.19sec which is seven seconds better than his previous time and jumped a distance of 6.07m in the long jump, 28cm better than the distance measured at the Sarah Baartman Regional Athletics Championships held in Port Elizabeth two weeks ago. His stunning performance has now secured him a place in the Eastern Cape provincial team which will compete at the National Athletics Championships at a date and place still to be confirmed. “We at Kingswood College celebrated our 123rd anniversary over the weekend and I think the gold medals achieved is my present and way of contribution to the school, Pharo said.
“It is to say a big thank you to our school head Paul Guthrie, college head Jon Trafford, staff, governing body members, fellow pupils and all other stakeholders who are playing a pivotal role within the interest of the school.” (When asked what could be expected from him at the highest level, Pharo said: “The competition will obviously be tougher as athletes from across the country are looking forward in much anticipation to give it their best try, so it would be no exception from me. I just have to keep my cool and also give it my best try.”
His dad, Wayne Pharo, said: “I’m stunned by his brilliant performance and wishing him all the best on his road to success in athletics as it is the first time he ever participates on the track.”
Breidbach Primary head Ivan Harry described Pharo as a hard worker and his talent was spotted at a young age.
“Dwayne started his education at Breidbach Primary until Grade 4 and I would like to emphasise that he was already developed when he started at Dale College,” Harry said.