The North West triathlon team won no fewer than 12 medals at the SA Sprint Triathlon Championships just outside Bloemfontein at Maselspoort on Sunday, 13 January.
Triathletes between the ages of 20 and 65 competed in near-perfect conditions on a tough course comprising a 750 m swim, 20 km cycle and a 5 km run.
Not only did North West win 12 medals but the province took first and second places overall in both the men’s and women’s races. The top three women overall were Alisa Botha (NW) 1:13:41, Minette Bell (NW) 1:14:16 and Trish Heimann (Tshwane) 1:17:38.
The top three men overall were Dylan Kruger (NW) 1:04:21, Dehan Louw (NW) 1:06:11 and Tiaan Rossouw (Gauteng) 1:06:20.
Potchefstroom triathletes representing NW province were:
Alisa Botha – 1st place overall, gold medal women 35–39
Minette Bell – 2nd place overall, gold medal women 40–44
Mariette Hitge – Silver medal women 45–49
Dehan Louw – 2nd place overall, gold medal men 25–29
Maurits Marnewick – Silver medal men 25–29
Deon Schulenberg – Bronze medal men 45–49.
The president of NW Triathlon, Neil Collett, was tremendously proud of the athletes’ performance.