Da Silva first Para-Triathlete to cross the finish line at Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town

 

Caption: (From Left) Stand Andrews, Dylan da Silva, Hein Wagner and his guide Alwyn de Kock.

Caption: (From Left) Stand Andrews, Dylan da Silva, Hein Wagner and his guide Alwyn de Kock.

Dylan da Silva was the first para-triathlete to cross the finish line at this year’s Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town. Stan Andrews finished in second place, with Hein Wagner in third.

Da Silva was delighted with his win. “Coming out the water I couldn’t feel my feet! But it got better and I had a good time.”

According to blind adventurer and motivational speaker, Hein Wagner, it was a great day. “I’m tired, but happy! This was my tenth Triathlon and my eighth with Alwyn (De Kock). We’re a really good team and enjoy doing events together. The run was my biggest challenge, but Alwyn did a great job in keeping me motivated and dragging me along!” Adds Alwyn de Kock: “My biggest challenge was to make sure Hein gets to the finish line! I can see the guys in front and that motivates me, but Hein can’t and needs to be motivated by what I tell him. It’s extra pressure on me to make sure I can keep Hein motivated, especially when he’s getting tired. I just have to keep talking to him.”

David Jones, also a blind triathlete, had a good race. He says: “The run was challenging, but racing in a triathlon like this is really cool and I had a good time. The bike course was equally demanding and I have to thank my pilot for doing a really good job! It was great racing conditions and I was glad to be part of it.”