Pretoria - Caster Semenya has thrown
her weight behind the Spar Women’s Challenge Tshwane that will take place on Saturday, August 3 to show her support to the thousands of participants on
The two-time Olympic champion said she hoped her appearance at the
annual event would inspire other women and provide some encouragement.
“It was important to be involved in the race because women
don’t get the recognition that we deserve in sport,” Semenya said.
us to be part of the race is a token of appreciation and to show we support
women, we want to empower them, and we are working on this milestone with
Semenya’s Masai Athletics Club, which supports promising
young athletes that would otherwise not have access to formal coaching, will be
one of this year’s race beneficiaries.
The South African track phenom has been the embodiment of
the race theme, “Yes I Am” which encourages women to embrace who they are as
“We want women to be better, and we want them to believe in
themselves. The motivation comes where you love yourself, you respect yourself,
and you accept yourself for who you are,” Semenya said.
“We know there are
stumbling blocks, they will always be there, but you have to find a way to
overcome them. It is about knowing what you want, believes in yourself, and
loving yourself and self-respect. It is all about self-love!”
Time is running out for women interested in participating
in this year’s race but they can still enter for the 5km and 10km distances at
SuperSport Park until August 2 between 10:00 and 18:00. They will
immediately receive their race number, a t-shirt, foam peak cap and a copy of
the My Race magazine.