A Cape Flats man’s quest to give Olympic gold medallist Wayde van Niekerk a “proper” welcome ended in Joburg over the weekend.
Clint White handed over a book filled with thousands of signatures and messages of South Africans which he collected for the Kraaifontein sprinter.
The Heideveld man was so in awe of Wayde’s sensational record-breaking win in Rio in August, that he walked the Kaap plat over the past two months collecting well wishes from fans.
On Friday, Clint was given the chance to meet Wayde and handed over the large A3 book to the Olympian.
T-systems, one of Wayde’s sponsors, saw Clint’s amazing initiative and invited him to the launch of the Wayde Dream Foundation.
Clint flew up to Johannesburg and says he will never forget the first time he met his hero.
“He looked at me and he said: The book guy!” says Clint.
Apparently Wayde has been following Clint’s campaign on social media and couldn’t wait to see his moerse book.
“He was very touched and moved by the whole initiative and said that he appreciated it a lot,” Clint adds.
Clint reckons he has walked over 400km to collect about 1 700 signatures.
“Before I handed the book over, I sat with it just reflecting on all the messages in it. I felt a little sad (to part with it). But after meeting Wayde and handing the book over, I felt relieved. The book was where it needed to be and the job was done.”