Pupils take up cycling

2016-03-22 06:00
 Pupils of Ocean View High School’s cycling club, Team Ocean, with (from left) principal Keith Klein, teacher Fuad Waggie and coach Abduraghiem de Klerk.

Pupils of Ocean View High School’s cycling club, Team Ocean, with (from left) principal Keith Klein, teacher Fuad Waggie and coach Abduraghiem de Klerk.

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Pupils of Ocean View High School are cycling up a storm after receiving donations to their cycling club.

Donations from the Pedal Power Association and Glencairn Women’s Golf Club allowed the club to buy five new bikes, spares and equipment to repair some older bikes.

“Team Ocean started to take shape when the schools reopened this year,” says Fuad Waggie, the teacher who oversees the cycling club.

During the 2015/2016 season, three of the club’s cyclists – Dimitri Muller, Deswin Petersen and Jaun-Pierre Rossouw – competed in the Western Province Cycling Association’s (WPCA) junior league.

Muller was selected for the WPCA team to participate in the national championship in Oudtshoorn and Bloemfontein.

Fifteen Ocean View pupils competed in and finished the Cape Town Cycle Tour. They were joined by school principal Keith Klein.

“Our coaches, Abdurahghiem de Klerk and Riedewaan Abrahams, did an excellent job to prepare them for the tour.

“All 15 riders finished the race, while nine of the 15 juniors did the tour for the first time.

“Three finished in under four hours and the others under five and six hours. This was the youngest team that Ocean View entered,” he says.

The cycling club helps to keep pupils away from drugs and gangsterism in the community, Waggie believes.

This team’s success has motivated many pupils to start practising for the next Cape Town Cycle Tour, he says.

“We have over 70 pupils registered to participate in the school’s cycling programme, but have only nine bikes at our disposal.

“A desperate need for road bikes, equipment and cycling kit exists to help the Ocean View disadvantaged community,” he says.

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