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Monday, 14 January 2019 15:06

Athletics: Parow HS's Luke Davids Joins PUMA

Youth Olympic 100m champion Luke Davids of Parow High School  in Cape Town is the latest sprinting sensation to join PUMA South Africa’s expanding family of elite track athletes.

The 17-year-old Parow High School pupil, who trains at the University of the Western Cape, said he chose to work with PUMA because of the global sports brand’s history with Usain Bolt. “The greatest sprinter of all time was with PUMA, so I want to be that replacement one day,” he said.

Career highlights so far:

  • Youth Olympic 100m champion
  • All African Youth Games 100m champion and 200m silver medallist
  • CAA Southern Region 200m champion and 100m silver medallist
  • South African Youth champion 100m and 200m

  

“South Africa is producing a wealth of sprinting talent and we believe that Luke has an exceptional future ahead of him,” says PUMA Marketing Director Brett Bellinger. “We look forward to working with Luke and assisting him to realise his dream of winning a medal at a major global championship.”

The goal for 2019 is to win titles at the ASA Youth and Junior Championships, qualify for the ASA Senior Championships and break his 100m PB of 10.31 seconds. The long term goal is to excel at a global championship: “2024 is when I want to go and win a gold medal,” says Davids.

The desire to make a better life for his family, especially his two-year-old sister, provides the motivation to train hard and excel on the track. Davids also hopes toinspire the young people of Belhar, as an example of how youth from humble beginnings can do great things.

PUMA recently announced a partnership with the Grigoraelite athlete training group coached by Hennie Krielat the TUKS Athletics Club inPretoria. The brand also launched the School of Speed in 2016 to identify exceptional young South African athletes. The School is headed by the World’s Fastest man, Usain Bolt, and hosts a national series of 5 track meets with the first to be hosted at Coetzenburg, Stellenbosch on 26 January 2019.

Luke Davids Q&A

Parow High School pupil, 17, lives in Belhar.

  • What do you love most about being an athlete? The rush that goes through my body before a race - the nerves, the adrenaline, the winning. And getting the crowd excited if they love my performance.
     
  • Your PB for 100m and 200m? 10.31 & 20.81.
     
  • Career highlights so far? Youth Olympic 100m champion; All African Youth Games 100m champion and 200m silver medallist; Southern region 200m champion and 100m silver medallist; South African Youth champion 100m and 200m.
     
  • When did you realise you could be a World Class sprinter? I knew I had speed, but didn’t know my full potential until I started proper training and competing. When I got a medal at the junior championships and was chosen to represent my country I realized I can compete with the best on the continent. After winning the African title, I set a new goal of medalling at a global event.
     
  • How do you keep motivated? My family things aren’t going so well, so I’m always motivated because I want to give them a better life, especially my two-year-old sister.
     
  • What made you decide to work with PUMA? PUMA is a great brand and has a very rich heritage in sprints so I thought it would be a natural fit. The greatest sprinter of all time was with PUMA, so I want to be that replacement one day.
     
  • What spikes do you run in and why do they work for you? Evospeed Netfit as I can lace them up to fit just the way I want.
     
  • Your goals for 2019? To win at the ASA Youth and Junior Championships, to qualify for theCAA Southern Region Games and to run sub 10.3.
     
  • Your long-term goals in terms of Olympics and World Champs? I prefer to focus on smaller goals like winning at the ASA Junior Championshipsand qualifying for the ASA Senior Championships. 2024 is when I want to go and win a gold medal.
     
  • What do you do to relax? PlayStation and listening to music in my backyard.
     
  • Your favourite holiday spot and why? At home because I’m not really an outgoing person, I’m forever resting so I can be sharp at training. But I would like to visit Monaco when they have a Formula 1 race.
     
  • Diet is critical for keeping in shape, but do you have weaknesses? Chocolate and chips.
     
  • Where do you train?At the University of the Western Cape.
     
  • Words you live by? Be humble and trust the process, it’s going to be a long and hard journey but it will be worth it. Remember pain is temporary but success lasts a lifetime.
     
  • What kind of inspirational figure would you like to be to the people of Belhar? I would like to inspire and motivate the youth of today and tomorrow that from humble beginnings they too can do great things.