THE Western Province Senior Schools Sports Union’s track and field team produced many athletes who were closely matched, especially on the track at the Athlone Stadium. On the field, the WPSSSU chose one athlete per field event, on the track it had chosen two athletes per track event. Places on the WPSSSU team were tight. All the athletes who had qualified for the Champion of Champions meeting and came first or second were picked for the team. Those who had reputations and did not participate were not selected. Ask Shaun Vester, he was out with as hamstring injury and out of the team – as simple as that.
In 1982, two athletes who had struck up a rivalry were Tony Burrows of Heathfield and Francois Cleophas of Wynberg High. They were at it from inter-schools level, through to the Champ of Champs, and again at the South African Senior Schools’ Sports Association’s track and field meeting, involving the respective provinces of the country at the time.
Both had furthered their careers at club level, Cleophas, setting a junior men’s 400m record. Cleophas dipped under 50 seconds in the 400m at UWC in a new SA junior men’s record time of 48,9 seconds.