Zim triathletes off to Morocco

HARARE - The Zimbabwe triathlon will tomorrow leave for the Africa Continental Triathlon Championships set for Agadir, Morocco, at the weekend.

The team went through its last phase of preparations over the weekend ahead of Saturday’s championships.

Reigning Africa Junior Elite champion Laurelle Brown will captain the 12-member team in Morocco. The team comprise of six Junior Elite Women, two Junior Elite Men and two Under-15 boys and girls aside.

“We have a record number of athletes travelling to the Africa Champs in Morocco with 12 athletes,” coach Wayne Davidson told the Daily News yesterday.

“All the athletes have shown good dedication.”

This will be Zimbabwe’s maiden visit to Morocco.

“Yes this is our first visit to Morocco which will be interesting; they have a heavy French and Spanish influence.

“We have been in liaison with an Algerian friend who knows Morocco well to get an insight of what to expect.”

Zimbabwe will arrive in Morocco two days before the championships.

“We actually need to arrive close to the event date in order to benefit from having come from altitude to sea level which will hopefully give us an advantage, but the long flight is not ideal.”

In last year’s championships held in Lemorne, Mauritius, Brown won a gold medal for the second time in succession in the Under-19 girls’ event.

Skye Davidson, Serena Rendell and Helen Mitchell won gold, silver and bronze medal respectively as Under-15 girls. The trio has since moved to the Under-19 category, where they are expected to provide cover for team captain Brown.

Drew Williams, the Junior Men Elite athlete, won gold in the boys’ Under-15s last year in Mauritius.

ZIMBABWE SQUAD

Women Junior Elite: Laurelle Brown, Skye Davidson, Karishma Patel, Serena Rendell, Rebecca Duncan and Helen Mitchell.

Men Junior Elite: Marcus Philp and Drew Williams.

Under-15 Boys: Gideon Benade and Mitchell Kaye.

Under-15 Girls:
Cameryn Davidson and Gabrielle de Chassart.

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