The age group participants in the sprint distance of the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town enjoyed a beautiful day whilst completing the 500m swim, the 20km cycling and 5km running. Winners in each of the categories were on top of the world, with many looking forward to participating again next year.
Winner of the 16 to 24 age group and first woman to finish Alexandra Quenet (from Stellenbosch), said: “During the week, I’m a pharmacy student, so finding time to train is challenging but I thoroughly enjoy it. My advice to girls out there is to train hard for one discipline, whether it’s swimming, running or biking – it’s a lot of fun and keeps you fit.”
Timothee Hugnin, winner of the 25 to 29 age group (from George) said it was one of the best routes he had ever done. “The first 100 meter swim was freezing, the bike went really well and I gave my all in the run. It was spectacular to have won my age group. What motivates me is definitely the feeling after the race and this is THE race for newcomers to the sport.”
The winner in the 40 to 44 age group, Brit Hyland of Green Point, added that it is the best sport to do. “You need consistent training and discipline. If you put your mind to it, anyone can do it. It’s awesome that this event was held in Cape Town as it’s one of the best places in the world.”
For Janet Hunter (from Chempet, Cape Town), winner of the 55 to 60 age group, it was only her third triathlon. “It was absolutely fantastic! I’ve loved every minute of it and the race was so well organised.”
The overall winners in the Corporate Challenge were MFA (Munro Forensic Actuaries. “We were motivated to enter as a team building exercise. Our advice for future entrants is to go at your own pace and just enjoy it,” they said.