Project Description

Blanche Moila, a psychiatric nurse by profession, was born 31 January 1957 in Pietersburg. Her love for running began in Durban. Blanche Moila was the first black female runner to be awarded Springbok colours. She has represented South Africa internationally. Completed 7 Comrades Marathons. Obtained a Silver medal in 2005.

Dr. Shorty Moolla, a Registrar at a Psychiatric Hospital impressed by Blanche’s economical running style convinced her to run competitively. Moila competed in cross country, 1500m, 3000m, 5 000m 10 000m, marathons and ultra-marathons. She earned Springbok colours for cross country in 1984 and Natal colours for the 1500m, 3000m and 1000m.

During the course of her running career she held provincial records in the 1000m, 1500m, 5000m, 10000m, 16km and 21km races. In 1997 she participated in the World Veterans Championships held in Durban.

She finished second in the marathon, fifth in cross country and fifth in track and field. In 2005 Blanche won a silver medal in the Comrades Marathon. Blanche Moila has been a recipient of the Presidential Sports Award for Lifetime Sports Achievement (2001) and the Shoprite Checkers Woman of the Year Award in 2002. Currently Blanche is a board member of Athletics South Africa.

Moila is now a Senior Nurse at the King George V Hospital.