Madibaz triathlete heading for world champs

2015-05-20 06:00
Madibaz athlete Shane Kemp will represent South Africa at the 2015 ITU World Triathlon grand final in Chicago from September 15 to 20.                 PHOTO:

Madibaz athlete Shane Kemp will represent South Africa at the 2015 ITU World Triathlon grand final in Chicago from September 15 to 20. PHOTO: ABDULLAH NAKHOODA

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MADIBAZ’ Shane Kemp will take the next step in his budding triathlon career when he represents South Africa at the ITU World Triathlon grand final and world championships in Chicago in September.

Kemp, who will compete in the 20 to 24 age group, was selected after a top performance for Eastern Province at last month’s national champs in East London.

“It took a while to sink in, but it is quite a sublime feeling,” he said after learning of his selection.

Not only will it be the first time that the 21-year-old will be competing for his country, it will also be his first foray overseas.

“I feel proud to be able to have this opportunity and blessed beyond measure.”

The second-year interior design student became involved in triathlon after joining a team with some school friends.

“I borrowed road bikes so that I could train and eventually, after pleading with my mother for many months, she got me my own in 2012.”

His career began to take shape after he partnered with coach Karen Zimmerman, who has also mentored Olympic marathon runner Lusapho April.

He said he counted overcoming serious injuries among his career highlights.

Three years ago, he was knocked off his bicycle by a car while training for the national duathlon champs.

“I was in hospital for nearly three weeks and didn’t put on a pair of running shoes or cycle for the next seven months.”

Last year, while training for the same race, Kemp crashed among a group of cyclists that again left him injured and unable to compete.

“So far, 2015 seems to be going according to plan at least,” he said.

Before heading to the United States, he will participate in the SA duathlon champs in July.

“Hopefully I will qualify for the duathlon world champs, which has been my primary focus this year.”

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