Bedfordview has a long and rich history of producing some of South Africa’s top athletes, and this year is no different, with three locals representing Bedfordview in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Former Edenglen High School learner Akani Simbine won gold in the 100-meter sprint at the Commonwealth Games in a time of 10.3 seconds and took home a silver medal alongside his teammates Anaso Jobodwana, Henricho Bruintjies and Emile Erasmus in the men’s 4x100m relay.
Akani took to Twitter after his 100m win:
“What an incredible night! Thank you for all the messages I am truly humbled! Still hasn’t sunk in … maybe when I wake up tomorrow I’ll realize it is not a dream. We did it!”
— Akani Simbine (@AkaniSimbine) April 12, 2018
Bedfordview’s Colleen Piketh rolled away from the 2018 games with a bronze and silver medal for her efforts. “It’s all a matter of rolling,” said Piketh. “The more you roll the better. Every rink is different, on the day you’ve just got to adjust, We’ve gone from a lightning fast rink to a nicer pace. You have to orientate yourself to know what to expect, so maybe them being here for a long time was a bit of an advantage.”
“It’s fantastic to have a winner like Colleen Piketh,” Bedfordview Country Club Bowls Section PRO Tracey Menning.
South Africa claimed another medal in lawn bowls earlier with Nicolene Neal and Colleen Piketh picking up silver after a narrow loss to Malaysia in the women’s pairs gold medal match. #GC2018 pic.twitter.com/Zqgn2xzYFF
— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) April 13, 2018