Elite Athlete Development Programme Media Release
Naude setting sights on more
Durban - The South African athletics fraternity has taken notice
of young KZN schoolgirl Amy Naude following her impressive 400m
silver medal at the recent African Youth Games in Algeria and
the youngster enjoyed the small taste of international
competition that the event gave her.
The Elite Athlete Development Programme star might be a
relatively new name in running circles, however with the support
of the team at the Prime Human Performance Institute she hopes
to continue her impressive rise.
"The African Youth Games was the highest ranking event that I
have ever taken part in," the 16 year-old from Ballito said. "I
didn't run my personal best on the day but I am happy with how
things are going for me."
The team at Prime, which includes South African Olympic Team
doctor Dr Kevin Subban, have worked hard with Naude getting her
physically ready for competition and making sure that she is in
the best shape she can be when competing.
“Gavin Muir has been helping me a lot with my rehabilitation and
Calvin Shipley has been working with me from a physiotherapy
point of view. Dr Subban has been involved with my check-ups,"
the Ashton International College student added.
Naude is beginning to come into her own and this silver medal
could be the start of a blossoming career; however her passion
and enthusiasm for the athletics developed much earlier on in
"I have always loved running and remember running in races from
"When I was 14 years old I started running on the track and have
been competing ever since then.
Under the guidance of coach Victor Vaz, Naude will be eyeing
more races against strong opposition. Getting to the Youth
Olympic Games in Argentina later this year will be a good
opportunity for her to test herself against the best in the
world in her age division.
"I am still waiting for the final South African team to be
announced for the Youth Olympics but we are holding thumbs that
I am going to be included in the team!"
With a taste of international competition under her belt Naude
isn't looking too far into the future but is setting out
specific goals for the next couple of years.
"We have thought about pushing for qualification for the 2020
Olympic Games just as an event to gain experience.
"In the more immediate future I would like to get myself over to
Europe and race on their circuit," an ambitious Naude added.
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Young South African
400m sprinter Amy Naude took home an impressive silver medal at
the recent African Youth Games in Algeria and his hoping to fill
a spot on the South African team for the Youth Olympic Games
later in the year.
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