UWC athlete wins gold
UWC athlete Duran Faro lifted the South African flag high when he won no less than two gold medals at the recent Confederation of Universities and Colleges Sports Associations (CUCSA) Zone Six Games in Lusaka, Zambia.
An Economic Development student at UWC, Faro out-paced athletes from the Southern African region to win both the 800m and 1500m races, contributing to team South Africa’s bag of medals and putting the country top at the CUCSA competition.
CUCSA was founded in Zambia in 1990 and comprises the National University and College Sports Associations of the Africa Zone VI countries (southern Africa), with the aim of coordinating all the university sports activities in the region.
Faro is the eldest of the three children in his family, and his achievements in the competition exceeded his own expectations.
“I didn’t expect to win two gold medals in the competition,” Faro said. “The competition was tough with many competitive athletes, especial those from Namibia and Botswana. They gave me a race, but I out-sprinted them in the last 100m and won”.
The win was a cherry on top of Faro’s career this year as he has done well in almost every race in South Africa. But he is not about to rest on his laurels.
“I’ve achieved my goals for the year,” Faro comments. “I’ve made every final in South Africa, I am a junior champion and now I’ve won gold medals in CUSSA. In the process I’ve learned to run to the best of my abilities in every race, because it opens doors for you.
“Now my dream is to qualify for the 2015 World Student Championships in South Korea. And one day I want to be world record holder, and make it to the major international events such as the Common Wealth, Olympic Games and maybe run in the IAAF Diamond League”.
Faro attributed his success to the support structures at the University, his friends and his family. His father, Esua Faro, in particular, a South African 1500m champion in his days, physically made sure that his son succeeds, coaching him this year.
But the father-son relationship was not always easy. “You don’t always want to listen to your father, but I have learnt that whatever my father tells me to do will work and benefit me in the end. I was training on my own and didn’t peak too much, but in only two or three weeks of training with my dad I saw big improvements and won two CUSSA medals. His training methods are easy to follow”.