Anna Botha is the coach behind the performance the recent 400m world champion Wayde van Niekerk at the IAAF Championships in Beijing. She is 73.
Originally from Namibia, she is now head coach at the University of the Free State, South Africa.
Interviewed in the South African newspaper City Press, she said, “This [Beijing], was all new to me and was an amazing experience. I only stole [coaching ideas] with my eyes. That is, if I see something that will work on my athletes, I will try it and implement it. That’s how I always try to bring something new in our training. They have to enjoy training; that’s very important. They say you’re never too old to learn, especially in athletics”