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PUMA appoints Gena Lofstrand as School of Speed VP

PUMA has appointed track queen Gena Lofstrand as the new Vice Principal of the PUMA School of Speed 2019, reporting in to Principal Usain Bolt.

“It’s an honour to have been named Vice Principal. I feel so lucky to be a part of something that is making waves in South African schools’ athletics,” says Lofstrand, who won the 800m title at the SA Senior Championships aged just 17 in 2013.

“I hope to help PUMA to encourage more young people to take part in athletics, and I hope to help inspire and encourage other athletes to chase their dreams relentlessly, as I chase my own.”

The PUMA School of Speed 2019 is a national series of 5 track meets with meets at Coetzenburg, Stellenbosch on January 26; Ruimsig Athletics Stadium in Johannesburg on February 2; Kings Park Athletics Stadium in Durban on February 9; Bestmed TUKS Stadium in Pretoria on March 2; and PUK McArthur Stadium in Potchefstroom on March 13.

Headedby the World’s Fastest Man Usain Bolt,the series was launched in 2016 to identify exceptional young South African athletes competing in long and high jump, the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, short hurdles and relays.

Lofstrand encourages young athletes across the country to enter the series for 2019. Entries are now open.

Author: Pedro van Gaalen

When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.

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