For Olympic Champion, Mechelle Lewis Freeman, the desire to contribute to the development of athletics amongst young girls has always been present. The 2008 Olympian, 2007 World Champion, and 2007 Pan American Double Silver Medalist has committed herself to building consistent visibility to the sport and through her TrackGirlz® Programme, is also empowering young women and girls involved in the sport.
Now, through a partnership between the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and the Africa Children's Hope Foundation, Freeman, founder of TrackGirlz®, is bringing her programme to South Africa.
Kicking off the 2018-2019 Camp Tour in South Africa on March 3, the camps will partner with Olympic Gold Medalist, Natasha Hastings' 'Tea Time with Tasha', a girls' empowerment program and will feature other Olympic and elite athletes and coaches.
TrackGirlz® provides an empowerment camp for high school aged girls designed to expose the benefits of track and field for girls, including active lifestyles, scholarships for higher education, and character building.
The 2018-2019 Camp Tour in South Africa is facilitated by South African Commonwealth Games medalists, Geraldine Pillay and Paul Gorries, both of whom are deeply involved in athletics development on the African continent.
Also due to make an appearance at the camps, is South African 800m Record holder, Hezekiel Sepeng, a silver medallist in the Olympic Games, World Champs and Commonwealth Games.
TrackGirlz® 2018-2019 CAMP TOUR DATES AND VENUES
- Saturday, 3 March 2018 from 09:00 - 15:00 @ St. Benedict's College, Bedfordview, Gauteng, South Africa
- Saturday, 10 March 2018 from 09:00 - 15:00 @ Western Cape Sports School, Kuils River, Cape Town
2018 - 2019 South Africa TrackGirlz® Tour invites female athletes between the ages of 13 and 20 years, to participate in the TrackGirlz® camps in Cape Town or Johannesburg.
Attendance is R300 pp, which includes refreshments and goodie bag/t-shirt.
Register by email to:
Geraldine Pillay on GPillay77@gmail.com for the JHB Camp
Paul Gorries on firstname.lastname@example.org for the CPT Camp