Showing the world he can do it

2018-07-19 06:01
PHOTO: areshni perumalRyan Steyn who dedicated the race to his mother.

PHOTO: areshni perumalRyan Steyn who dedicated the race to his mother.

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MOUNTAIN bikers and trail runners came out in force to be a part of the South Coast Fever MTB Series, which was held at a Port Edward holiday resort on Sunday.

Participants were able to choose their ride or run from several categories that offered different distances.

Each athlete put his or her best foot forward to complete the races.

After crossing the finish line, the participants glowed with excitement and posed for photographs and showed their medals.

Many participants had a motive behind completing the race — some did it to complete a challenge on their bucket list, some did it to keep fit and others did it for more personal reasons.

Among them was Ryan Steyn, a former surf shop owner from Margate who was one of the participants who completed a five-kilometre race, and he had a motivating story to tell.

“A few years ago, I was involved in a major accident that almost cost me my life. I had severe brain injuries and my family was told that I wouldn’t survive or if I did, I wouldn’t be able to walk or even talk. My recovery process resulted in my career ending and this was a setback for my family and me.

“I finally made progress in my recovery, I fought against all odds, and today I can walk, run and talk.

“The reason I ran the South Coast Fever MTB series was to show my mother and many others that if I could do it, anybody can. Three years ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and I dedicate this race to her,” said Steyn.

Steyn now works at a clothing store at a local mall and encourages and motivates everyone he meets. “I was not able to further my education, and this was something that was very important to me. The message I try to spread is that having an education is extremely important and we should never take it for granted. Family is everything and never take life for granted,” said Steyn.

The next race is on July 21 and July 22 at Scottburgh Beach. To find out more or to register, go to www.bundu or phone 078 988 5575.


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