Star athletes might miss World Championships
Davion Leon (20) of Parkside and Sikelela (26) have qualified for the 2019 Triathlon (Ironman) World Championships to be held in Switzerland on August 29 until September 1, 2019. However, these super athletes may not partake owing to lack of funds as each athlete needs to raise R42 000 by July 20.
Both these athletes work part time jobs in the IT and fitness industry. Kakele works as a personal trainer at a Mdantsane gym and trains young learners in running and cycling at Gcobani Higher Primary in unit 8, Mdantsane.
Leon has been running since he was nine and has five Ironman competitions in his record.
In 2015, he came second in a Triathlon in Germany and also took a silver medal at the Africa Champs in Egypt in 2017. His dream is to compete at the Common Wealth Games in 2022.
Kakele is disappointed that he might miss what he considers a lifetime opportunity. “I have cancelled my trip because it is hard to raise such an amount of money. I have been training hard throughout the year. Athletics is my life,” he said.
According to their coach, Vukile King, competing in these three intense sporting codes for township children is a very impressive feat. “Cycling, swimming and running are by far the most challenging individual sport codes. I coach these boys because they have an amazing commitment and discipline,” he enthused.
If you are interested in assisting these youngsters as they hope to raise the Eastern Cape flag at the World Championships, please contact the Eastern Cape Rising Sun on 043 050 5250