Thurs­day, Septem­ber 6, 2018

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dantsanebased ath­lete Sikelela Kakele is a bea­con of hope for his com­mu­nity af­ter hav­ing over­come the odds to be­come a com­pet­i­tive triath­lete.

“I orig­i­nally wanted to do life-sav­ing back in 2012 but I couldn’t swim.

“I started learn­ing in a swim­ming pool and then later in the sea,” the young Kakele said.

Af­ter two years of per­fect­ing his swim­ming, he passed a life-sav­ing course in Cape Town at Mon­wabisi Beach.

“Af­ter that I com­peted

Min my first Tribal Triathlon race in 2014,” Kakele said.

“What I learnt from that race is that one needs to train very hard.”

He also sought the ad­vice of other triath­letes, in­clud­ing that of vet­eran trainer Vuk­ile Make­leni.

Kakele was then selected to at­tend a nine-month youth ex­change pro­gramme for triathlon train­ing in Han­nover, Ger­many, in Oc­to­ber 2017.

“It was dif­fi­cult to train alone but I joined a club in De­cem­ber.

“I swam four times a day, cy­cled three times a day and ran at least four times a week,” Kakele said.

When he re­turned to SA, he de­cided to com­pete in an­other Tribal Triathlon.

“With this com­pe­ti­tion, my train­ing in Ger­many re­ally helped a lot.

“I pushed hard to win sec­ond place in the sprint dis­tance even though the weather con­di­tions weren't ideal,” he said.

The sprint dis­tance con­sists of a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run.

The de­ter­mined Kakele also plans to take part in the Iron­man com­pe­ti­tion in Buf­falo City in Jan­uary 2019.

“I also want to com­pete in the Dur­ban Iron­man be­cause my ul­ti­mate goal is to qual­ify for the World Cham­pi­onships that will take place in France next year,” he said.


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