Triathlon team shines in South Africa

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A triathlon development team that participated at the South African Junior Championships in Germiston acquitted themselves well and managed to bring home a total of 11 medals.

The championships, which took place end of March were for the junior athletes in the under 13, 15, 17 and 19 in both the boys and girls divisions.

The Triathlon Zimbabwe president Rick Fulton last month told NewsDay that he was going to transform the game in the country and on Thursday he said he was pleased by the performances of the young athletes.

“We took a Zimbabwe Triathlon Club team of 26 juniors down to compete and they did exceedingly well in a very challenging tournament. We hope that this is a sign of better things to come in the very near future,” said Fulton.

“This year’s performance has been our best in terms of results at the competition and 11 medals which were won is our best result to date,” he added.

The medal haul included two gold medals which came in the under 13 girls division by Skye Davison and in the under 17 girls by Laurelle Brown.

There were six silver medals and three bronze medals from the other athletes in both the boys and girls categories.

The event was also used as a platform for selecting the team that will represent the country at the African Triathlon Championships.

Young athletes that have since qualified to compete at the event in the under-19 age category, to be held in Durban on May 9 2010.

These are Andrea Brown, Boyd Littleford, Shannon Wilson and Shaylene Brown.