This year, a large number of both male and female University of Johannesburg (UJ) Athletics Club’s student-athletes and external members will be representing the university in South Africa, the African continent and globally. The Athletics Club’s season opens with their first meeting (Central Gauteng Athletics Provincial Championships) at Germiston Stadium on Friday, 10 and Saturday, 11 March 2023.
The most anticipated international showdown will take place in Chengdu in China from 28 July to 8 August 2023.
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At local level, the UJ athletes will compete in the Athletics South Africa (ASA) Senior National Championships at North West University’s McArthur Stadium from 30 March to 1 April 2023. Thereafter, they will proceed to challenge for top honours in the ASA Athletics Grand Prix 1st Continental Tour Challenger at Pilditch Stadium in Tshwane on Wednesday, 19 April, with the 2nd and 3rd Continental Tour events scheduled for 19 and 26 April 2023 in Germiston and NWU, respectively.
According to Mr Roger Haitengi, Coach and Manager: UJ Athletics Club, this year requires a strong mental and physical agility from both the coaches and athletes. “We are ready for the challenge. We had a good start this year in our pre-season preparations. It is going to be quite a challenging, but fulfilling period and we are looking forward to it,” says Haitengi.
The University Sport South Africa (USSA) championships, which are scheduled for 4 to 6 May 2023 in Bloemfontein in Free State Province, will produce student-athletes who will represent the University later in China. Another team of UJ athletes will be competing in the African Games in Accra in Ghana between 5 and 10 August 2023.
In May 2022, UJ won 25 medals in the USSA championships and made a clean sweet (medals) in the FASU Student Games in Nairobi in Kenya.