Wade ready for Belgium

2019-05-29 06:00
Wade Botha in action in one of his races.PHOTO: supplied

Wade Botha in action in one of his races.PHOTO: supplied

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COMPETING in his first biking race within days of just learning how to ride a bike, Wade Botha has now been selected to participate in the UCI BMX World Championships in Belgium this July and needs your help to represent Pietermaritzburg and South Africa.

Coming from a family of bike-racing enthusiasts, Botha says that he never took to the sport until his eighth birthday. By that time his father had had enough and bought him a bicycle.

“Before then I had never ridden a bicycle and on my birthday, which was a Wednesday, my father bought me a bike and that Sunday I entered my first ever race,” said Botha.

Currently studying a Bachelor of Social Science in English and Ethics, Botha says that he has been competing professionally since he was nine, winning various races along the way, and is now the men’s champion in the 17-24 age division in South Africa. He has held the title of KwaZulu-Natal champion for several years.

Not a sport for the feint-hearted, Botha has had a considerable amount of injuries along the way. In 2010 he broke his arm while in 2014 he shattered his collarbone, ruling him out from riding for two years.

“Things happen very fast in this sport. In a second we go about 10-15 metres and if you lose focus it can all go wrong,” said Botha.

Botha said that he practices all the time and for the upcoming tournament it will be no different as he attempts to bring the gold home for his city and country.

While he has been selected, Botha says that the cost of the trip, including a week’s stay due to the schedule of the championships, will require approximately R30 000 in funds and he is appealing to the public to help him raise the amount to get the chance to make his fellow South Africans proud. “My race day will most likely be on my birthday — July 26 — and I am hoping that I will be in Belgium giving it my all to make my country proud,” said Botha.

For more information and to help Botha get to Belgium please contact him at 074 441 2000.

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