Jowaine proves herself to the world

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JOWAINE LATEGAN (Parrott), like Johan Landsman and Donovan Wright, proved that she belonged on the world stage.

Jowaine Lategan
Jowaine Lategan (Parrott)

As a former South African Council on Sport (Sacos) athlete who competed at SA senior schools level and SA Board level between 1984 and 1991, she had gone on to prove herself in the international events such as the Two Oceans and Comrades Marathons. The Comrades marathon is the world largest ultramarathon run over a distance of 90km. The Two Oceans is also an ultramarathon run over 56km. A standard marathon is run over 42,1km (42,195km).

She was placed second on three occasions in the Two Oceans and was a gold medal winner in the Comrades. In 1996, she was the first South African woman home in the Comrades Marathon in a time of 6 hours 55 minutes and 19 seconds.

In 1995, Jowaine won the All Africa Games Marathon title.

Like Wilfred Daniels and Craig Steyn, Jowaine is from Stellenbosch. Like good red wine, they persevered and became better.

Daniels was, of course, a former 800m champion record-holder and Steyn a former sprint champion and record-holder. Jowaine has taken it further if only in distance!

During her days as a Sacos athlete, she gained WPSSSU and SASSSA colours in cross country. She was also the captain of the SASSSA cross country team in 1986.

Like many athletes during the 1980s because of limited academic opportunity due to the segregation laws of South Africa pre-1994, she chose to study teaching at the Bellville Training College. While there, she captained the South African Tertiary Sports Association (SATISA) cross-country team.

Jowaine Parrott always ran as if she had a point to prove, and it came through in many a conservation I had with her. Small in stature, she was determined little soul. She is to be celebrated on this page. – Written by Clement du Plessis

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