With so much sporting talent, this youngster from Lamberts Bay can certainly dream of becoming a member of the 2024 SA Olympics team to Tokyo, in France next year.
Above, the sports star is congratulated by Mr Nico Burger from Huguenot High School, after he was crowned athlete of the day.
Storm Atkins is a grade 12 pupil at the Huguenot High School in Wellington. According to his father, Sinclair Atkins, his son is the relevant school’s 100m and 200m U/19 top athlete. The boy from Lamberts Bay also won the 2023 100m race for boys U/19 two weeks ago, at the Swartland and Melkbosstrand Inter-schools Athletics.
Last year Storm decided to play rugby. According to his father, he participates in both the fifteens and sevens rugby codes.
Storm Atkins is also the fullback for the second year in a row, of the U/19 A rugby team of his school.
But that’s not where his talent stops, he is also very good at cricket, and plays for the U/19 school team. It’s his second year in the team, while he only turned 18 years on Sunday 12 February.
But like many talented athletes who come from disadvantaged families, finances are a headache when it comes to sports. According to Storm’s father, it is also a struggle for him as a breadwinner to meet all the expenses of his talented son.
“Next month he has to go to Mossel Bay in a touring team, and two weeks later he needs an enormous R4000 to play rugby in Oakdale”.
Here Storm wins the 200 m races for boys U/19
“His running shoes, rugby socks, cricket equipment, these are enormous expenses for us as parents”.
“He is matric this year, and we already have to plan for next year,” the father said.
WCSS’s comment on what the father of the talented boy said…
There is an awful lot of talent out there like this young man, who literally ends up on the ash heap.” Precisely because parents cannot afford to meet the expenses for sports equipment.
Especially our children who come from the countryside, there are no big businesses. It’s mostly poor communities, and it’s getting worse every day.
But if you think you want to be a part of this boy’s success, contact the school in question. You have the right to ask to contact him personally.
To all the teenagers and young people out there, don’t let your life circumstances keep you from what you want to achieve in life. Whether it’s at an academic level or in any sports;
“Dreams can come true, but you need faith and willing to work hard to bring success”