EP 247 – Wayde Van Niekerk – Why You Must Trust Your Coach

Written by Tola Ogunlewe

October 1, 2018 by Tola

Wayde Van Niekerk is a South African track and field athlete who specializes in the 200 and 400m events. At the Rio Olympic games he did the impossible, breaking the 17 year old world record held by Micheal Johnson.

An young athlete out there who has their minds set on succeeding in sports must learn from athletes like Wayde Van Niekerk.

That’s why we do episode like this, so you can learn from those before. Wayde Van Niekerk is the 8th athlete we are looking at in this series of African great athletes who have achieved success in their sport.

One of the lessons we share is why its important to trust your coach. Your coach is a vital part of your set up as a young athlete. When you trust your coach, you’ll listen and apply their lessons diligently.

Wayde Van Niekerk trusted his coach, Anns Botha, who isover 70 years old and look at the success he has achieved.

On this episode of Athlete Maestro, we delve into the career of Wayde Van Niekerk, how he was able to break that world record and what he did to get to this point in his career.

Remember, knowing is not enough you must apply, willing is not enough you must do.

Listen below and get in touch if you have any questions tola@athletemaestro.com


  • Why you must trust your coach.
  • How you can start performing without pressure.
  • Why finding your talent is important
  • and more

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