Brown hopeful of Zim comeback

HARARE - Laurelle Brown has given Triathlon Zimbabwe a glimmer of hope as the country battles to find a national elite athlete to replace retired Chris Felgate.

Felgate, a veteran of two Olympics, retired three years ago with a second place finish in the Troutbeck Africa Cup championships after competing for close to two decades in the triathlon arena.

Since his departure, Zimbabwe has battled to find Felgate’s replacement and with all the indications pointing to Brown as the future elite athlete, her choice to study in England put everything on ice.

The former Peterhouse student secured a place in England where she is studying towards a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Clinical Exercise Science at Bournemouth University.

The 2012/2013 Zimbabwe Junior Sportswoman of the Year declared her undying love for Zimbabwe and hopes to represent the country in the not-so-distant future.

“I am currently playing hockey for the university first team and some club hockey as well. I am also doing my own running to keep fit and I hope to start training for a half marathon and possibly a few other races later in the year,” Brown told the Daily News from England yesterday.

“I really miss triathlon training and racing and I still dream of racing for Zimbabwe with the elites.

“I hope one day I will get back into it and see where it can take me.

“I’m not sure when it will be but I am just waiting for the right time.

“For now I still keep up to date with everything that is happening in Zimbabwe triathlon and I follow the Triathlon World Series and my favourite athletes.”

Meanwhile, Triathlon Zimbabwe will host the Schweppes Water Troutbeck ATU Triathlon African Cup on Saturday March 28 in Nyanga.

The local organisers will host the Zimbabwe Triathlon National Championships as well as the fourth Troutbeck Mile Open Water Swim in conjunction with the international event.

This is largely because Zimbabwe will not be represented in the elite category.

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