Caroline Mosime started off her sporting career in the swimming pool, it wasn’t until she was spotted running in her district trials, went on to attend a training camp at the TuksSports High School that she realised just how much talent she had for the sport. She was 14 at the time and now at 18 she is causing waves on the race track over 200m. One of her first goals is to participate in the Olympics in 2020 where she is hoping to not only compete with her role models Allyson Felix and Shaunae Miller-Uibo but match them stride for stride!
With dreams of becoming a journalist after her running career, Caroline plans on making a documentary about her life to show people that they can come from nothing and be a success. She also believes that athletes like Caster Semenya and films like Born to do it are important to raise the profile of female athletes in South Africa so that other young female athletes can have local role models. “It’s disappointing that I can’t point to a South African and say that is my role model but instead I have to pick someone from another country.”
In the future Caroline hopes to become a role model herself. Someone that young women can point to as a woman to look up to. When further asked the motivation behind running, she said “I run because running makes me happy it gives me a sense of freedom from my everyday life.”
She continued, “What motivates me to run is that I come from a disadvantaged background, that’s enough to keep me motivated so I can change my life and make my whole family proud.
Every time I go visit my grandmother, they always tell me to carry on running because I motivate their children to run, as they see that they can also achieve what I have achieved if not more. So what further pushes me is the younger athletes and the fact that they look up to me even though I’m not an elite athlete.
How’s the experience working with Caster Semenya?
The idea of running with Caster Semenya gives me a sense of happiness and chills as the same time. I’m happy when I’m on the track, It’s like my other home. It’s fun to work with someone who’s a beacon of hope for women all around, knows what they’re doing and are a champion – nothing beats learning from the best.