Lo­cal to con­test Iron­man

Port El­iz­a­beth ath­lete to rep­re­sent coun­try at Iron­man Cham­pi­onship in Septem­ber

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NORTHERN CAPE NEWS - TNA RE­PORTER prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

SOUTH AFRICAN’s can look for­ward to the Iron­man Cham­pi­onship woman race as Port El­iz­a­beth ath­lete Lucy Charles (24) will be rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try un­til Septem­ber 2018.

She was the some­what un­ex­pected run­ner­up at the Iron­man Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship (Frank­furt) and at the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship last year, post­ing tremen­dous swim and bike splits in both races.

Charles was one of the most out­stand­ing ath­letes in women’s rac­ing last year, also winning the her­alded Iron­man Lan­zarote in May.

Sarah Hart­man from the Iron­man Foun­da­tion says Women For Tri is an ini­tia­tive that works to in­crease fe­male par­tic­i­pa­tion at all lev­els of triathlon.

“The pro­gramme seeks to iden­tify and di­min­ish bar­ri­ers and ad­vo­cates to en­cour­age and en­gage fe­male ath­letes across all race dis­tances and rep­re­sent­ing all ath­letic abil­i­ties.

“Women For Tri em­bod­ies the heart and soul of what makes the sport so re­ward­ing: test­ing your abil­ity, over­com­ing chal­lenges and re­al­is­ing the full depth of your po­ten­tial in the most widely recog­nised test of en­durance, triathlon,” Hart­man said.

Those who want to be part of the Iron­man pro­gramme they can en­joy ben­e­fits of a free 24 weeks train­ing plan de­vel­oped by Iron­man master coaches, “Dig­i­tal Iron­man in train­ing” badge to share with your sup­port­ers and fans on so­cial me­dia and pre­race we­bi­nar, tips and tricks to pre­pare you for the big day and many more.

“Here at Iron­man, we are ex­cited for race sea­son. We’re ex­cited for the per­sonal records our ath­letes are go­ing to set and the big dreams they will re­alise across fin­ish lines all over the world. We’re ex­cited to head to new venues and re­turn to old favourites.

“But per­haps what we are most ex­cited about are the new ath­letes who have yet to cross an Iron­man fin­ish line with us. Many of us have ex­pe­ri­enced for our­selves the lifechang­ing power of train­ing for and com­plet­ing the Iron­man dis­tance and we can’t wait for you to as well.

“We are thrilled that you have de­cided to race your first Iron­man event this year and we look for­ward to ac­com­pa­ny­ing you on your jour­ney to Be­come One with Iron­man.

“The goal with this pro­gram is to pro­vide you with a sup­port net­work of Iron­man U coaches, Iron­man staff and TriClubs to help you as you pre­pare for what we be­lieve will be a life chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

RAR­ING TO GO: Lucy Charles will rep­re­sent the coun­try in the Iron­man Cham­pi­onship women’s race to take place in Port El­iz­a­beth in Septem­ber.

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