Dutch hand-up for KZN triath­letes

Sunday Tribune - - SPORT -

FOUR triath­letes from the KZN De­part­ment of Sport and Re­cre­ation, based at the Prime Hu­man Per­for­mance In­sti­tute, are, in the Nether­lands as part of an ex­change pro­gramme with the Olympic Train­ing Cen­tre and High Per­for­mance Cen­tre.

The four EADP ath­letes are Mh­lengi Gwala, broth­ers Mfanu­fik­ile and Mlan­deni Radebe and Se­bas­tian Craw­ford (Para-triath­lete).

This has been made pos­si­ble through an agree­ment, signed last month at the 10th In­ter­na­tional Fo­rum on Elite Sport, to ce­ment sport devel­op­ment ties be­tween Prime Hu­man Per­for­mance In­sti­tute (Prime HPI) in Dur­ban and Olympic Train­ing Cen­tre in the Nether­lands.

The agree­ment will see co-oper­a­tion and support on ath­lete, coach and ad­min­is­tra­tor devel­op­ment in both coun­tries.

Lawrence Haw, the pres­i­dent of KZN Triathlon, be­lieves that this ex­change pro­gram would be ben­e­fi­cial for all par­ties in­volved.

“To have our ath­letes at­tend­ing the best high per­for­mance cen­tres in the world will be in­cred­i­ble for their growth and as­pi­ra­tions,” Haw said.

“The fa­cil­i­ties and coaches are ex­cel­lent, and the ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge that the pro­fes­sion­als at Sport­cen­trum Papen­dal have, and can pass on to our ath­letes will be in­valu­able.

All four of the ath­letes will be tak­ing part in the World Triathlon Se­ries Grand Fi­nal in Rot­tedam next week.

Mfanu­fik­ile and Mlan­deni Radebe will be tak­ing part in the sprint dis­tance event in the 20-24 age bracket that in­cludes a 750m swim, a 20km cy­cle and a 5km run.

Gwala will take part in the Olympic dis­tance event in the 25-29 age cat­e­gory.

Craw­ford, who is ranked sev­enth in the world in para-triathlon will take part in the PT3 cat­e­gory. – ANA

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