Two earn colours for golden track records

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TWO pupils from Baysville School were recently awarded colours for their outstanding and sustained achievements in athletics.

The young athletes, Tracey-Lee Swartbooi and Charl Schaup have both represented the Eastern Cape and were chosen to compete in the National Athletics Championships, in which both excelled.

Grade 10 pupil Charl Schaup in his colours blazer

Schaup, who is in Grade 10, has represented the Eastern Cape province since 2015.

This year, he broke the Baysville School Under 17 high jump record and went on to break the U17 boys high jump record at the Van Kerval Athletics meeting in George.

In March, Schaup competed at the Eastern Cape Athletics Championships, where he broke the U17 boys high jump record, in the mainstream division, with a jump of 1.90m.

As a result, Schaup was included in the Eastern Cape athletics team and participated at the National Championships in Durban, where he won the U17 boys high jump, receiving a gold medal as the South African champion.

Fellow athlete and Grade 9 pupil at Baysville, Tracey-Lee Swartbooi, won six medals at the national champion-ships in Bloemfontein last year and started off this year with a bang, breaking Baysville’s U17 girls 400m record.

Swartbooi went on to win the U17 girls 100m and 200m at the Van Kerval Athletics meeting this year.

Grade 9 pupil, Tracey-Lee Swartbooi, in her colours blazer

Swartbooi also competed in the Eastern Cape Champion-ships, where she won gold medals for 100m, 400m and high jump.

At this year’s South African Championships in Durban, Swartbooi once again was on a medal hunt, receiving four bronze medals and a silver.

Baysville is very proud of the achievements of both Charl and Tracy-Lee,” said Baysville teacher Kristin Holloway.

The two young champions received their colours awards for athletics from the school at Monday’s assembly.

Well done to them!

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