Young Cyclists scoop 15 medals

2018-07-17 06:00
The team with some of the adults that accompanied them to Oudtshoorn, back from left: Lecale Riley, Taminicka Carelse, Nathan Stuart, Denzil Kesner and Dwayne Daames. Front: Lakenzo Britton, Christine Solomons, Romeo Jameson, Amien de Klerk and Sageda de Klerk.

The team with some of the adults that accompanied them to Oudtshoorn, back from left: Lecale Riley, Taminicka Carelse, Nathan Stuart, Denzil Kesner and Dwayne Daames. Front: Lakenzo Britton, Christine Solomons, Romeo Jameson, Amien de Klerk and Sageda de Klerk.

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Seven cyclists from the Fresh Start Cycling Club in Ocean View scooped 15 medals when they represented Western Province at the Youth Cycling Festival in Oudtshoorn recently.

The medalists were Tamanicka Carelse (one gold and three bronze); Lakenzo Britton (two gold and one silver); Amien de Klerk (one gold, one silver and one bronze); Christine Solomons (two silver and one bronze) and Dwayne Daames (one silver and one bronze).

“We are extremely proud of our first-timers to the game, Taminicka Carelse and Lakenzo Britton, for their achievements.

“They proved that with proper training by their coaches Abduraghiem de Klerk, Rieduwaan Abrahams and Garth Esterhuizen the sky is the limit,” says Sageda de Klerk, secretary of the club.

The club was established in 2017 but they have been entering cyclists for the last four years.

“We started with three boys four years ago, the next year we had six boys and last year we had eight boys and one girl. Currently we stand on 22 members – five girls and 17 boys and four men,” she says.

Most of the cyclists have provincial colours.

“The first year one boy was selected and represented WP at two cycling tournaments­.

“The following year all six were selected and this year some of the senior boys moved on, but we managed to have seven in the WP squad – two girls and five boys.

“We take part in WP League events in Killarney, Ottery and Wellington. We do the rides of the Pedal Power Association (PPA) in Paarl, Stellenbosch or wherever they have one.

“The club is a community-initiated club and was started by myself and my husband Abduragiem, who is an avid cyclist himself,” De Klerk says.

The seven members on the club’s executive help to make this community club a success.

“If a child wants to join the club, the child must be of school-going age, preferably from age 10. Our sponsor, Bill Rawson of Rawson Properties, supplies bikes and cycling gear. The child must be eager to cycle and be aware that we partake in racing events,” she says.

The kids cycle every afternoon, weather permitting, and they have also started running to exercise their core muscles as well.

“The executives meet twice a month and they are parents and interested community members. Some are avid cyclists who assist with the coaching of the cyclists.

“Last year we had our first Thanksgiving party to celebrate our achievements and also to thank all our sponsors. Since our club started we have been competing in the Cape Town Cycle Tour.

“This year one of our boys did his best time of 2:52. Our adult men have been partaking for years. Best times by some of them were 3:08, 3:15 and 3:17,” De Klerk says.

Because their cyclists are all school-going, no fees are charged, but once a month they have a fundraiser to help with travelling to and from events.

The next league event for learners will be on Sunday 29 July at Killarney.

“Our main stumbling block is getting to and from events. Taxis charge between R1500 and R2000 per event.

“If anybody can help with transport it would be greatly appreciated. During the September holidays the cyclists will again compete in Oudtshoorn,” she says.

V Call Sageda de Klerk on 083 657 5308.

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