Mul­ti­sport gold for Old Kingswood­ian

Grocott's Mail - - SPORT - STAFF RE­PORTER

Former Kingswood Col­lege pupil, Taryn-Maie Wille won gold at the 2017 ITU Mul­ti­sport World Cham­pi­onship Fes­ti­val in Pen­tic­ton, Canada this week. The world mul­ti­sports champs started last Fri­day and con­tin­ues un­til Sun­day. Wille was se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in the cross­triathlon (off-road) event (age group 20-24) which took place on Wed­nes­day. She won the 20-24 age cat­e­gory which a 1.5km swim, 31km moun­tain bike ride and 8km run.

Wille (20), is a first-year BSc Con­ser­va­tion Ecol­ogy stu­dent at Stel­len­bosch Uni­ver­sity.

“I feel very priv­i­leged and I am ex­tremely ex­cited to be com­pet­ing over­seas,” said Wille be­fore leav­ing for Canada. “My aim is to get some in- ter­na­tional rac­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and achieve some per­sonal bests.” She was also se­lected to com­pete in the Xterra in Hawaii later this year, but won’t be able to be­cause it clashes with her end-of-year ex­ams.

Wille trains ap­prox­i­mately 14 hours per week. “I get my ses­sions done be­fore and af­ter lec­tures and even in be­tween if I have time, oth­er­wise on the week­ends. I was able to get re­ally good base train­ing in dur­ing the hol­i­day.”

Be­ing a cross-coun­try ath­lete has con­trib­uted to her ap­pre­ci­a­tion of na­ture, and she hopes to use her sport to raise funds for con­ser­va­tion one day. “My aim is to be one of the best con­ser­va­tion­ists in what­ever field I go into and to help the en­vi­ron­ment in as many ways as pos­si­ble.”

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