Junior Male Athlete of the year




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Gift Leotlela started his season off with a bang when he won the AGN champs in a new SA Youth 200m record time of 20.63 which was later on removed by Kyle Appel. But Leotlela strived for better and faster in the 100m. He won AGN Champs with 10.47 and then went on to win the SA Youth 100m title with a 10.41. At the African Youth Champs he won gold in both the 100m and the 200m and at the World Youth Champs placed 5th in the 200m. Leotlela was also one of the very few picked to represent SA at the Youth Commonwealth games. At these games he won both the 100m and the 200m. The 100m time Leotlela ran at these games of 10.20 was not only a new SA record and African record but placed him 2nd on the WORLD all time youth rankings, which is an astonishing feet. His time of 10.20 is also just one split second outside Akani Simbine’s SA junior record. He is ranked number 1 for his 100m and 3rd for his 200m in 2015. He is also ranked 7th and 14th on the Junior rankings.


Werner Visser is currently 2nd on the Youth 2015 list for his discuss. He threw 5 of the 10 best throws in 2015 with a furthest throw of 65.30. Visser won silver at SA schools but then went on to win the World Youth Champs. He also won the African Youth Champs. And he also won the Youth Commonwealth games. At the Youth Commonwealth games he won a silver in the shotput. Visser won every single international competition he competed in this year which is a great feet for the Youth athlete.


In 2015 Paul Botha is ranked 7th for his best Javelin throw of 78.49 on the Youth Rankings. Botha won the World Youth Champs Jevelin throw. He also won both the Schools and Clubs SA championships. Paul Botha took a 2nd place at the African Champs as well.


Young sprinting sensation Ruben Els is only 15 years of age and he clocked a 10.63 on the 100m and 21.21 on the 200m this year. Not only that but also a 49.5 on the 400m. Els won the double at SA champs winning both the 100m and 200m and he is unbeaten in 2015. There are no SA records for sub-youth athletes but these are the fastest times ran by an u/15 athlete in SA history.


Theuns won this years ASA 800m as well as SA Schools 400m title for youth athletes. He ran a best of 1:49.32 this year which ranks him 11th in the world in 2015. Ehlers represented South Africa at the African champs where he took a 5th place in the final. He also went on to represent South Africa at the World Youth Champs where he took another 5th place. He won the Paris Regional Champs in Switzerland where he ran his first sub 1:50 of 1:49.97. His best time over 400m this year was 47.85.


This young talent emerged this year with a bang. Breyton Poole started off the year by jumping both Boland and Western Cape Schools records of 1.95m in the high jump. Poole went on to take a silver medal at the SA schools champs with 2.00m but reclaimed the title at the ASA Champs with a 1.97m jump. He marks only one competition where he did not jump above 1.86 throughout the year and most recently at the Summer League meeting leaped an amazing 2.05m jump!


The ever quite and humble Mpho Links was South Africa’s number 1 high jumper in 2015 being still only a junior. Links won the SA senior title and at the African Junior champs won a silver medal. He also went on to represent South Africa at the Word Student games where he reached the final stages. At the USSA meeting he jumped a 2.20m and at Senior SA’s a 2.23m. This jump of 2.23m places him 10th on the all time SA rankings. This jump also places him 8th on the 2015 Junior High Jump Rankings.


Lamprechts took 2nd place at the SA club champs in the shot put and 3rd in the discuss. But from there on out it just went upwards, Burger now boasts with 4th places on the 2015 Youth rankings for both his shot put and discuss with best distances of 20.97 and 63.55. Lamprechts came 4th at the World Youth champs for his shot put and at the Commonwealth games he took two bronze medals in the shot put and discuss.


Tladi is the 2015 SA Schools and Clubs Youth champ over 110m hurdles. He also went on to win a gold medal at the African Champs and he also won Gold at the Youth Commonwealth games. Tladi represented South Africa at the World Youth Champs. Mpho Tladi is also the joint world youth leader in 2015 with 2 other athletes with a time of 13.44 for his 110m hurdles. Of the 10 fastest times ran this year by Youth athletes Tladi ran 4 of these times.