Pretoria schoolgirl Azulde Britz’s promising career as an all-round cyclist is poised to flourish after she joined Positive Sports Solutions as an ambassador this month.
The Grade 12 Cornwall Hill College pupil, who lives in Irene, is focused on her road cycling career, but is equally adept on the mountain bike and is looking forward to being one of the faces of Positive Sports Solutions.
The South African company has followed a policy of bringing affordable options from the overseas market to the country, focusing on quality products to assist local consumers.
Among the products it distributes are HEAD bikes, Westfalia bike carriers, Gipiemme wheels and Controltech bike components.
The 17-year-old Britz is excited about her new position and the support it will provide as she continues to chase her dream.
“It is really amazing and I am so privileged to have them supporting me,” she said.
“This sort of backing means I will be able to chase and, hopefully, achieve my goals.
“Being linked with Positive Sports Solutions means I have new opportunities and a group of people who ensure I receive the best equipment and become the best I can possibly be.”
Her earliest cycling memories are of riding in muddy races with her father in Parys in Free State, but Britz has now become a star in her own right.
“The biggest highlights of my career include winning the SA cross-marathon championship in the youth category in 2016 and racing for both Team HEAD/Ciclo [based in German) in 2017 and Team RYGTER [based in Denmark] in Europe earlier this year,” she said.
Focused on road racing, Britz said her goals for this year were to race internationally again and to be selected for the national team for the world road championships in Austria in September.
“In the long term I would like to cycle for a professional women’s team and be a regular rider on the international scene.”
A Positive Sports Solutions spokesman said they felt the talented Britz would make a positive contribution to their operations.
“We see it as the perfect opportunity to have a young, upcoming female cyclist promoting the Positive Sports brands, including a HEAD bike [with Trenton V specs), Westfalia, Controltech and Gipiemme,” he said.
“She’s been a leading rider in the Gauteng Schools Spur series for the past five years and was also the Gauteng women’s captain last year.
“This gives us a chance to work with one of the country’s most talented young riders to help her to achieve her goals.”
With the position in place until August 31 next year, Britz will represent Positive Sports Solutions at all the races in which she participates.
“She will promote all the brands at these events.”
The company spokesman added that they wanted her to encourage young cyclists and inspire them to become even better in their chosen disciplines.
“Azulde is well-spoken and has a very positive attitude,” he said.
“She is still young but has great potential, whether it is on the road or mountain biking, and we are looking forward to playing a role in developing this young star’s career.”