Twenty-year-old athlete, Lerato Sechele, says she is happy with her progress—two months into her two-year stay at the Senegal High Performance Training Centre in Dakar.
Sechele was one of five athletes awarded two-year sponsorships by the Lesotho National Olympic Committee (LNOC) to help them in their preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro.
According to the sponsorship, field athlete Sechele and sprinter Mosito Lehata were placed at special centers in Senegal and Mauritius respectively, while boxers Moroke Mokhothu and Suntele Inkululeko and swimmer Ntšeke Setho would be in Lesotho but get financial support.
“I have only been here two months, but I can say I am happy and satisfied with my progress. We are currently working on my fitness and like I have said, I am making progress,” Sechele on Friday told the Sunday Express.
The lanky athlete further said she wanted to make the most of her stay in Senegal.
“So far, I have not met any challenges, and I am prepared to work hard and overcome any that I might come across. I have to make the most of this chance that I was given to improve myself, which is why I have to work extremely hard.”
Her target, Sechele said, is to remain focused on her career and do well in all competitions she would be taking part in.
“My target is to be one of the most popular athletes not only in Africa but across the globe so I have to focus on my training programme and do well in all the competitions that I will be participating in, especially the 2016 Olympics.
“This sponsorship is very vital because it will help me to compete in different developed countries, against experienced athletes. Such challenges will boost my career because it is only when you beat the best that you become the best,” said Sechele, who has been dominating most southern African youth tournaments.