Lushano Smit

Lushano Smit – An 800m athlete from Durban, Kwazulu-Natal who trains under Victor Vaz at the Fast Feet track club with the likes of Gena Lofstrand and Sonwabiso Skhosana who recently moved to USA. Smit beat the rest of the field in Stellenbosch this year to bring back a gold medal in the 800m with a time of 2:10.25, Thato Makhafola of UJ(who has a pb of 2:06) took the silver in a 2:11.27. Smit was also 4th at the USSA champs held at Pilditch later on for Varsity College Durban North.

Lushano is a very determined, humble and outgoing personality who is a pleasure to be around both on and off the track. She also doesn’t only specialize in the 800m as in October this year she will wear the green and gold at the Biathlee World Championships in Guatemala. The Biathlee consist of a run, a swim and then a run again. This seems to be quite a trend in the group as Gena Lofstrand is also a previous Duathhlon athlete. Another much younger lady, Caelin van der Westhuizen, is also included in the team, she is more of a cross country athlete coming top 6 at the SA trials earlier this year for juniors being only 16. More on her coming soon.

Lushano has become SA champ for the Biathlon on numerous occasions but has also a goal to represent her country at the Olympics in the 800m. To all the young athletes like Lushano out there we would like to encourage to start shooting for the moon and if you miss it, then at least you’ll be a shining star! Meaning lets start chasing the sub 2min barrier that Semenya has shown is possible to break. If a long distance athlete like Phalula can run a 2:04 then specialist 800m athletes shouldn’t have a problem. Barriers are meant to be broken and no matter what the circumstances are we feel our ladies like Makhafola, Smit, Lofstrand, Anuscha Nice and Monique Stander have it in them to challenge and push each other even further to greater hights the way that the men like Andre Olivier and Rynardt van Rensburg are.

Lushano we wish you all the best for the Biathlee World Champs later this year and we are excited to see what your future holds!

EC Media Manager – Adriaan Aldridge
In collaboration with Gabriella Pekelharing