TWELVE athletes from the Nelson Mandela Bay represented South Africa in Spain at the Biathle and Triathle World Champs recently. The South African team was undeniably one of the strongest teams at the competition winning 42 gold medals over the course of the four-day competition.The NMB athletes formed an integral part of the South African team and all the athletes did themselves proud. First up was Keira van Heerden winning the bronze medal in the girls u/11 category. Keira also formed part of the gold-winning team.Triathle, a continuous shoot-swim-run event, is a tough sport that requires both mental and physical strength.The top performance by an NMB athlete in triathle belonged to Ruan le Roux who won the u/13 boys category to be crowned the Triathle u/13 World Champion. Ruan was in one of the few age groups with heats. After winning his heat, Ruan continued with a remarkable performance in the finals.Other top 10 performances from the NMB athletes included Maroney Jacobs (seventh in girls u/10 category), Ludgen le Roux (seventh in boys u/11 category), Daniel Baretto (ninth in boys u/19 category) and Gareth Vorster (sixth in Junior Men). Daniel and Gareth also won gold team medals in their respective age groups.The next day was the biathle event, which is similar to triathle but without the discipline of laser shooting.Again, Keira van Heerden put in another good performance in the girls u/13 race fighting with all she had and again finishing in a podium position and winning a gold team medal. Other top 10 finishes went to Daniel Richter (10th boys u/11) and Mark Stuart (ninth boys u/17)The NMBMPA committee are very proud of the all these athletes.