UP-Tuks sprinter Akani Simbine has set his sights on winning every race he enters in the Varsity Athletics series this year.
Simbine was one of the stars for UP-Tuks last year, finishing either first or second in all of the 100 metre and 200 metre races throughout the competition, but he intends to improve on that showing when action gets underway later this month.
Simbine has been preparing since October last year, with an extensive gym programme and rehabilitation of a knee ligament strain his main focus initially.
Since recovering fully from his injury Simbine has hit the track in earnest, and started the season in fine style with some seriously quick times in the first league meetings.
The UP-Tuks bolter ran his first 100 metre race in 10.27 seconds and his first 200 metre race in 20.55 seconds before backing those up with almost identical times in his next races.
That fast start has given him plenty of confidence as he build towards his ultimate goal of going to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.
Before then through there is the Varsity Athletics series which Simbine says he is looking forward to.
“Last year I really enjoyed it and had fun. It is great going to other Varsities and the atmosphere is quite relaxed so you tend to perform better as well because it is not so tense,” he told varsitysportssa.com.
Simbine also really enjoyed being a part of the UP-Tuks team, and tipped them to be even better this year.
“Being a part of the team it is all about consistency and running for the team. We have got a great relay team this year and I think we are really going to compete well,” he said.
With South African Championships coming up after Varsity Athletics Simbine is hoping to hit peak form and then maintain it as he looks to challenge for higher honours.