South Africa: SA Junior Javelin Champion Aims for the Stars

Student-athlete Yane van der Merwe's star is on the rise. And as she continuously dominates her opponents in the javelin, shot put and discus, the sky's the limit for the 19-year-old.

At first glance Yane van der Merwe is an unassuming young woman exuding a "girl next door" aura. However, when you take a closer look you find that she has the roaring spirit of a winner.

That winning spirit was evident at the South African Championships at the end of April 2019, where Van der Merwe set a new para-athletics U20 javelin record when she threw a distance of 26.56m to claim gold.

Having grown up in the small town of Trichardt, in Mpumalanga, she says making the move from her home town to Johannesburg to pursue her studies at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has been a major leap.

Van der Merwe lives at a sports residence of the institution's Kingsway Campus. Despite her reserved nature, she has made friends quite easily on campus. This has made adjusting to life in the big city relatively seamless.

She is multi-talented, competing in javelin, shot put and discus, and is ranked first, second, and second on the African continent in...

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