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Mcelwa Nchabeleng

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Budding athletes from Secunda in Mpumalanga will benefit from athletics clinics that will be conducted by top South African athletes on Thursday.

The clinics will be conducted at the at the Secunda Primary School and at the local stadium. This will be a day before the Yellow Pages Series at the local stadium on Friday.

Fifteen athletes will conduct the clinics.

Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, the 800m silver and world indoor gold medalist, is one of the top athlete who will be part of the proceedings.

Though Mulaudzi will not compete in the series on Friday, he will be part of the clinics to coach and share his experience in athletics with the pupils.

Other stars who will attend the proceedings include long and triple jumper Khotso Mokoena.

Mokoena's international experience includes participation in the 2004 Olympic Games, the world championships in 2007 and the Commonwealth Games in 2006.

Alwyn Myburgh, the 400m hurdles specialist, Morne Nagel (100m and 200m) and another hurdler Louis "LJ" van Zyl, will also be part of the clinics.

Pupils will also have an opportunity to rub shoulders with sprint sensation Geraldine Pillay who has recently returned to South Africa after a long training stint in Jamaica.

Janice Josephs, who holds the national record in the heptathlon which she broke at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and marathoner Poppy Mlambo will also conduct the clinics.

Leonard Chuene, Athletics South Africa (ASA's) president, has thrown his full support behind the initiative.

"Our athletes have asked ASA to arrange some of these clinics so that they can promote the sport among youths," Chuene said.

"Track and field events are growing at a very fast pace (in the country) and I am thrilled that our athletes want to share their knowledge and experience with the youngsters around the country.

"We will continue to support such initiatives," he said.

The move has also been welcomed by Mpumalanga Athletics' president Ben Makola.

The series meeting on Friday will start from 5.30pm.


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