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17 October 2018
Athlete’s victory puts UWC on the world map

(Published - 17 October 2018)

Luke Davids’ amazing gold medal triumph at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires represents more evidence that the University of the Western Cape (UWC) is capable of producing national, African and Olympics champions.

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This is according to Davids’ coach, Nathan Van Wyk, after the UWC Athletics Club star won the 100m race in 10.15 seconds – his fastest finishing time in his four year athletics career.

“His win is a huge boost and has raised the profile of the athletics club at UWC,” Van Wyk said. “It is proof that young and junior athletes like Luke can find coaches at UWC who are able to offer them world-class training to realise their dreams.”

Van Wyk revealed that Luke, a Grade 10 pupil at Parow High School who has been with the UWC Club for the past four years, had worked very hard and prepared well for the event, and the club had expected him to bring home a medal. “We didn’t know that it would be gold. But when he performed well in the first round we knew that the gold medal was his to lose.”

Van Wyk added that this was a dream come true for the 17-year-old, and a good stepping stone for him to move from youth to juniors and to senior levels.

Davids agreed. “The feeling of being the fastest young man in the world and being No 1 is amazing,” he said, quoted in a Team South Africa statement. “I’ve been dreaming of this moment for months now. The spectators were incredible. The support they give you on the track, in the warm up and at all times is sensational. People from Argentina seem as if they are from South Africa because of their kindness and, for that reason, I felt at home.”

Glen Bentley, UWC Sports Administrator for Athletics, congratulated Davids and said his performance bodes well for UWC Athletics as they are embarking on a journey to become the number 1 club in South Africa. “His performance will inspire athletes from other parts of the country to join UWC, and coaches like Nathan Van Wyk to continue producing top athletes.”

UWC Athletics also have the current SA 100m senior champion, Simon Magakwe, who also happened to be the 1st South African athlete to run the 100m under 10 seconds, Bentley added.