PIETERMARITZBURG is well known for producing stellar athletes who push the boundaries of sport and strive to break records in their respective fields. As a journalist for the Maritzburg Fever, who also happens to cover sport as well as news, I have become immersed in the sport culture of this great city, often times getting to meet upcoming stars in their respective fields. One such athlete is Beanie Thies, who first appeared in the Maritzburg Fever in the May 2 edition under the title of “SA’s national Downhill Champion.”At the age of only 16, Thies won in the youth category in South Africa and placed second overall in the female division. Not one to stop at the national level, Thies went on to ply her trade internationally this year, cementing her status as one of the best downhill riders in the world in her age group after she placed second in her age group at the IXS Rookies World Championships, held in Serfaus Fiss Ladis in Austria. The Maritzburg Fever reported on this in our August 22 edition in an article titled, “Beanie places second in Europe.”Ever one to reach higher, Thies has expressed her desire for the sport to one day be recognised as an Olympic sport so that one day she can make South Africa proud at one of the greatest sporting events in the world so, watch this space..