Zim triathlon team leaves for SA Champs

HARARE - The Zimbabwe triathlon team leaves tomorrow for Sunday’s South Africa Triathlon Championships in East London.

 The team will compete in part two of the Trans-Limpopo Challenge, a two-part international competition between Zimbabwe and South Africa.

The Triathlon Association of Zimbabwe (Taz) has ensured the event becomes a success with the help of Jono Rumbelow, manager of the South African Triathlon Academy.

Zimbabwe coach Wayne Davidson leaves today for South Africa while the rest of his team is expected to depart tomorrow.

Davidson is confident his team will harvest medals during the competition.

 “I believe this is the most competitive team we have assembled with as many as 10 girls and six boys as potential medallists,” Davidson told the Daily News yesterday.

 “The squad has come together well and preparations went on well. We concluded with some specific technical skills training at the weekend and I’m sure we are well prepared with a keener edge than last year when we returned with six medals, all coming from the girls.”

 Zimbabwe will parade its finest triathletes, national girls’ Under-19 champion Laurelle Brown and Skye Davidson, who claimed first position in the Under-15 girls’ section. The two will square off for the first time on an international platform while Serena Rendell will be expected to make her first impression on the international stage.

 Rendell produced the biggest shocker at the National Championships held in Mt Pleasant at the beginning of this month after she outshone Davidson by a minute in their race.

 “Yes, this could be interesting to see them clash for the first time but having watched Laurelle at the National Champs, I can’t see Skye and Serena getting a look in. I expect her (Laurelle) to have the advantage of experience in the sea,” Davidson added.

 “Also, the tough and technical bike course suits Laurelle perfectly but if Skye can get onto the run with a sniff of a chance then we will see fireworks because this young girl is a powerful runner and could surprise a lot of people. Serena is a really strong swimmer but has yet to perform on the big stage, this could change but she needs a head start onto the run as this is her weakness.

 “I think it’s a huge advantage for these two young girls to be in the same race in the company of Laurelle because she is such a good mentor and will guide and coax them onto performing above their own expectations.”

The Trans-Limpopo Challenge is a point scoring event that will use the Troutbeck Africa Cup and SA National Champs as two "test matches" between Zimbabwe and South Africa Under-15 and Under-19 boys and girls.

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Jamie-Lee Soper, Charlotte Brice, Gabrielle Chassart, Tyla Storrer, Rachel Jeans, Chloe Paye, Cameryn Davidson, Rebecca Duncan, Skye Davidson, Karishma Patel, Serena Rendell, Helen Mitchell, Jodie Smith, Laurelle Brown, Brett Elliot, Andoni Matzuris, Michael Benade, Kieran Ellis, Gideon Benade, Mitchell Kaye, Rupert Anschuetz, Joshua Koutoungos, Devin Jennings, Alex Colegrave, Reece Williams, Thomas Haddon, Drew Williams, Clemens Anschuetz, Luke Collins, Chad Scallan, Arist Koutoungos, Blake Rautenbach.

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