Biathle group off to shine in Egypt

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A group of 15 Buf­falo City biathle ath­letes will rep­re­sent South Africa in the up­com­ing UIPM Triathle/Biathle World Cham­pi­onships in Hurghad, Egypt from Oc­to­ber 25 to 28.

The group com­prises 12 ju­nior ath­letes and three masters ath­letes.

For 12-year-old Sel­borne Pri­mary School pupil Daniel Breet­zke this will be the sec­ond time he is com­pet­ing in the World Cham­pi­onships, hav­ing won gold in the biathle in 2016.

“I’m very ex­cited, I’ve trained a lot from the be­gin­ning of the year. I’m also look­ing for­ward to see­ing Egypt,” said Breet­zke.

His fa­ther, Derek, said they were hope­ful that Daniel would do the very best he could.

Masters biath­lete Rod­ney West­gate said he was feel­ing very con­fi­dent and hoped for a podium po­si­tion.

West­gate pre­vi­ously won gold at the World Cham­pi­onships in Gu­atemala in 2014.

Coach Sammy Saun­ders said he was ex­tremely proud. Three mem­bers from the Real View Foun­da­tion par­tic­i­pated at the Golden Games in Bhisho re­cently and came back with a num­ber of medals.

No­ma­somi Rete, 68, Non­ceba Go­duka, 62, and Tshidi Mole­bate, 73, were part of the group that rep­re­sented Mdantsane un­der the Sisonke team ban­ner.

Rete came back with a gold medal after play­ing the ring-the­stick, and Go­duka and Mole­bate came back with sil­ver medals after par­tic­i­pat­ing in their re­spec­tive sport codes, pass-the-ball and rugby-ball-throw.

“We prac­tised four times a week with the women, and then they also prac­tised with the other Mdantsane par­tic­i­pants who were part of the Sisonke team at the Or­lando Sta­dium in NU 2,” said Real View founder Bule­lani Fowl.

Fowl said they did not have any chal­lenges while pre­par­ing for the games.” In Au­gust, we had a pageant for the el­derly women, Miss Real View Foun­da­tion 2018, in cel­e­bra­tion of Women’s Day.The idea was to cre­ate a pos­i­tive and ac­tive at­ti­tude to­wards age­ing. We also do mu­sic, and they write and com­pose their own Xhosa tra­di­tional songs.

“We also do the nor­mal sport codes with the el­der­lies, such as soc­cer and net­ball, and ex­cer­cise. We want to pro­mote a good healthy lifet­syle and at the same time want them to have fun”, he said.

The GO re­ported (“Work­ing for the needy” Au­gust 16) that Real View was a Mdantsane-based non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that fo­cuses on vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren, while also cater­ing for the se­nior cit­i­zens.

“Six years ago, I re­signed from work to make a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity.

“I didn’t even talk to my fam­ily re­gard­ing my res­ig­na­tion at that time. Ev­ery month, I would spend half of my salary on the do­na­tions and I would give the things I bought to the needy,” said Fowl.

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RUN, SWIM, RUN: Rod­ney West­gate at the world champs in Spain in 2016. He will take part in the biathle masters in Egypt

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GO­ING FOR GOLD: Tsidi Mole­bate com­pet at the Golden Games in Bhisho

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