Life-changing few months for KZN’s Schoeman

2016-10-11 06:00
After a few years of finishing as a runner up 2016 was finally the year of Henri Schoeman as the Olympic bronze medallist won the KZN Sportsman of the Year prize at the recent KwaZulu-Natal Sports Awards. Photo: supplied

After a few years of finishing as a runner up 2016 was finally the year of Henri Schoeman as the Olympic bronze medallist won the KZN Sportsman of the Year prize at the recent KwaZulu-Natal Sports Awards. Photo: supplied

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IN an Olympic year the calibre of nominees for the KwaZulu-Natal Sportsman of the Year is often at its finest and for Olympic bronze medallist and rising triathlon star Henri Schoeman, who has played runner-up to Chad le Clos and Hank McGregor in the past, finally claiming the prestigious award in 2016 was a dream come true.

Having missed out on the KZN Sportsman of the Year award in the past few years, Schoeman was overwhelmed when he was awarded the honour at a glitzy ceremony recently however the young star knows that the award is only the start of bigger things.

“It is an incredible honour to be awarded the Sportsman of the Year award after a couple years of being a nominee and it is even more special because it is something that I have wanted to achieve for a few years.

“I want to thank the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation for the accolade and I want this to be another boost for me to move onto bigger and better things in triathlon.

“This award has just ticked another box,” a satisfied Schoeman added.

The meteoric rise of the young triathlon talent came as a surprise to many as he powered his way to bronze at the recent Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro however the 25 year old felt that he was peaking at the right time heading into the Games and knew that he was in line for a strong performance.

“I believed that I was going to produce something special at the Olympic Games this year even though I knew getting a medal was going to be tough,” Schoeman said.

“Very few people expected me to medal at the event and that was an added incentive.

“I wanted to try and inspire people and help them realise that you don’t have to be one of the favourites to perform well.” - Supplied.

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