Bud­ding ta­lent on show

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Sport -

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.

P­ho­to: Sup­p­lied

Lo­gan Plaai­tjies (left) and Ti­a­go Kam­fer re­cei­ved re­cog­ni­ti­on as out­stan­ding ta­lent du­ring the de­ve­lop­ment cli­nic. With them is S­te­phnie M­cKay (cen­t­re).

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