Kimberley local secures silver medal in Italy
Chederick Michael Van Wyk represented the South African University team at the 30th edition of the Summer Universiade which took place from the 3rd to the 14th of July in the City of Naples, Italy.
Chederick was warmly welcomed at the Kimberley Airport by family and supporters. Van Wyk bagged two silver medals in the 100m and 200m respectively in Napoli, proving that he is a force to be reckoned with on the global stage. When asked to express and share how he felt about his second place finish, Van Wyk proudly commented, “I am over the moon with my achievement. Firstly because until now, I have had no international medals and with this being my debut in any major tournament it was an extreme moment of elation standing on the podium to receive my medal”.
The emerging athlete ran his personal best in the 200m final clocking 20.44s after claiming silver in the 100m (10.23s) earlier in the track and field competition. The 24-year-old is currently studying a Bachelor of Education at North West University (NWU) and started athletics at the tender age of eight years old. Drawing inspiration from fellow South African athletes has encouraged him to do his absolute best, “Akani Simbine, Wayde van Niekerk, Simon Magakwe, Thando Dlodlo, Luxolo Adams, Thando Roto, Henricho Bruintjies are but some of the South African athletes that have showed me how possible it is to achieve my dream in sports”.
The next stop for van Wyk is the 12th Africa Games in Rabat, Morocco from the 19-31 August where he hopes to win more medals. In attendance to welcome Van Wyk at the airport was the M.E.C for Sport Arts and Culture, Bernice Sinxebe.