Budding talent on show
As part of Eden Biathlon’s development programme, it recently presented a clinic at Knysna Primary School in partnership with the department of cultural affairs and sport and Knysna Municipality. As 33 athletes were put through the paces by two of the country’s best coaches – Marius Schlechter (running) and Sybeth Hughes (swimming) – many parents who attended were highly impressed with what they saw and eager for their children to take part in the sport.
Both Schlechter and Hughes said they were pleasantly surprised with the latent talent that was on show in Knysna. In her welcoming address, Eden Biathlon chair Stephnie McKay congratulated the school on its excellent sport facilities – in particular the heated underroof swimming pool that meets all the requirements for being a hub for biathlon in the area.
The coaches also identified two athletes who displayed exceptional talent: Logan Plaaitjies (swimming) and Tiago Kamfer (running) each received a prize from Eden Biathlon. Eden Biathlon operational manager Dave van der Walt also complimented the municipality for its active involvement in sports development in Greater Knysna, adding that it also supports top sportspersons who go to higher-level events – a good example for many other municipalities.
Biathlon combines running and swimming and any person between seven and 70 years old is welcome to participate in this growing sport.
The second part of the 2018/19 season will continue in January 2019.
Find out more
More info: Dave van der Walt – davesus@ telkomsa.net.
Logan Plaaitjies (left) and Tiago Kamfer received recognition as outstanding talent during the development clinic. With them is Stephnie McKay (centre).