Dynamite comes in small packages

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MARK STEENBOK

For 10-year-old Galaletsang Melato of Brandwag Primary School the 2015 season has truly been a wonderful and record-breaking season on the athletics track.

They say dynamite comes in small packages and for Gaala, as he is affectionately known by his peers, this couldn’t be less true.
What people don’t know about this shy and laidback youngster is that he’s actually a champion in his own right, having shattered records aplenty on the athletics track over the last month or two. Since the beginning of the season he has grown from strength to strength in his item of choice, or rather the items he excels in, high jump and long jump.

This shy athlete represented the Free State at the championships on 16 March, becoming the first Brandwag learner to win gold at the event since 2004. He broke the record in high jump where took gold, while he further took silver in long jump. The accolades also didn’t stop there in Sasolburg. He went all the way to the South African championships held in Germiston, where he took gold in high jump (1,45m) and long jump (4,42m), truly something special for someone of his age.
When Courant caught up with Gaala, we asked him what he’s secret was? He humbly told us that he’s confident in his ability to continue to excel in his items of choice, high jump and long jump.

"Yes, I’m confident. I like athletics and I jog every day to stay in shape", he said.

According Pauline Nel, head of athletics and coach at Brandwag, he is so nonchalant and doesn’t know how talented he really is.
"He’s very talented and I don’t think he realises that. I think it is his ability to stand still and jump at a great height that puts him in a class of his own," she added.

One thing is for sure, if he keeps on track he definitely has a bright future ahead of him.

mark@centralmediagroup.co.za