SA youth shine bright in Triathlon Summer Series

2018-01-10 06:00
; Keegan Cooke from Port Elizabeth successfully defended his title during the 2017 About IT Triathlon Summer Series.     Photo:SUPPLIED

; Keegan Cooke from Port Elizabeth successfully defended his title during the 2017 About IT Triathlon Summer Series. Photo:SUPPLIED

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SEVERAL young South Africans secured their statuses as athletes during the 2017 About IT Triathlon Summer Series which took place last month.

One of them is 20-year-old Keegan Cooke, a Port Elizabeth resident, who defended his Men’s title on December 26 in Port St Francis. This put the cap on an exceptional year for him, as he participated in both his first African Triathlon Champs in Tunisia and his first ITU World Championship event.

Cooke competed in the About IT Series as part of his training for the ITU Championship event that is taking place in Cape Town in two months’ time, where he will be hoping for a solid top 10 position.

SA u/17 ladies triathlon champion Amber Schlebusche also made a name for herself when she claimed her maiden About IT Triathlon Summer Series title with four wins from four races.

The 16-year-old enjoyed taking part in her first Sprint Distance Series in the Eastern Cape and ended up walking away with the spoils.

Stellenbosch star athlete Jamie Riddle was in second place at the start of the cycle leg, but had to withdraw from the race after a car accident. Carl Mangan placed second overall with Graeme Renard in third place, while Antonella Saporta placed second in the ladies’ race ahead of Sally Waterworth.

“Camaraderie, great racing and fantastic sportsmanship throughout the About IT Summer Series Triathlon is what we as a local business are excited to be a part of in the Eastern Cape,” said About IT local business director and sponsor Graeme Ting Chong.

“Being a part of this fun, family-friendly and affordable triathlon series, which not only appeals to the local sportsmen and -ladies but also draws others to the region, is very rewarding for our company.”

The series was well supported by local sponsors which ensured that participants enjoyed a variety of great lucky draw prizes and giveaways throughout the four races.

The full results of and more information on the About IT Triathlon Summer Series is available at


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