Young athletes, top in their field

2016-08-30 06:00
With their Ethekwini champs, KZN champs and SA champs medals (from left) Trent Marchard, Luca Borrageiro and Mia Borrageiro. Photo:SUPPLIED

With their Ethekwini champs, KZN champs and SA champs medals (from left) Trent Marchard, Luca Borrageiro and Mia Borrageiro. Photo:SUPPLIED

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DEDICATION combined with natural sporting ability have proved that three local pupils are among the top athletes in their field in South Africa.

Two Highbury pupils and one St Mary’s pupil have been shining in the biathle and triathle arena recently.

Grade 4 Highbury pupil, Luca Borrageiro, remained undefeated in his age category, Youth E, and placed 1st in both the Ethekweni champs and KZN champs at Kings Park. He was chosen to represent KZN in the SA Biathle champs on 25 June in Bela Bela, Limpopo. During his event he was placed sixth out of 32 competitors, with the top 10 athletes all within 10% of the winner.

He has chosen to represent South Africa in the 2016 Biathle World Championships in Sarasota, U.S. in October.

His sister, Mia, a Grade 2 pupil at St Mary’s DSG, was also undefeated in her age category, Youth F, and placed second in both the Ethekweni and KZN champs.

She went on to represent KZN in the SA Biathle Champs. During her event she was placed seventh out of 30 competitors. Due to her finish time she has been chosen to represent South Africa in the 2016 Biathle World Championships.

Grade 3 Highbury pupil, Trent Marchand, was placed second in the Ethekwini and KZN champs and represented KZN in the SA Biathle champs where he participated in three events.

Unfortunately, in the Biathle he twisted his ankle, but persevered and was placed 17th. He also participated in the Triathle (shoot, swim, run) where he was placed 9th and the Laser Run (shoot, run) where he was placed 8th. He was selected to represent SA for the Lazer Run team, which is being held in Portugal in September.

Highbury and St Mary’s are exceptionally proud of these young athletes. - Supplied

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