Viwe Jingqi is the fastest girl in the world in her age group over 200m and second-fastest for over 100m. TuksSport High School offered her a full athletics scholarship after watching her at the SA Schools tournament in Gqeberha in 2019.
When she moved to Pretoria from Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape she had to overcome homesickness, family tragedy, expectations and injuries — far earlier than most. “She’d rather die than lose,” said her coach, sprinter Paul Gorries.
Jingqi combines humility and raw confidence in a manner all of her own. “For a girl coming from Ngcobo like I do, being recognised and being well-known is difficult. It’s not going to last for a long time, so while I can still be noticed, I’ll grab it with both hands,” she said. If her run continues till the Junior World Champs, she might just have to eat her words.
“I want children growing up in disadvantaged backgrounds to always have someone to look up to.”