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Cyclist finishes third in Triathlon

Gonubie pupil, Alakhe Tshemese (17) won big at his first international competition, securing an overall third position at the Cape Cross Drive State Race in Triathlon during the three-day competition in Cape Town, recently.

The youngster from Mzamomhle township in Gonubie received Sporting Honours from Cape Cross for his outstanding performance in Triathlon, which included a 600m swim, 18km cycling and 6km run. “It was a tough three days but the competition was great, I am glad I managed to participate in it because I learnt a lot from my fellow opponents,” said the teenager who got involved in Triathlon just a year ago.

His interest was sparked by his background in cycling and running, which he has been doing for the last three years. He made a name for himself very early on and received his Honours in Triathlon and Colours in cycling from his school as well as District Colours in cycling from the Schools Spur League.

His supportive mother, Nomawethu Tshemese is worried because he does not have a bicycle and therefore is missing out on a lot of competitions. His parents cannot afford one and he is currently using a bicycle he borrowed from a family friend and well-wisher.

“I want to pursue a career in sport, so I can live a healthier life and triathlon is something I am most passionate about,” said the teenager.

If anyone would like to make a donation towards Alakhe’s bicycle, they can contact Michael from TRE on 083 614 2356.





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