Colegrave sets the tone for Team Zim

11 Jun, 2021 - 00:06 0 Views
Colegrave sets the tone for Team Zim Mikayla Colegrave (left) and competitors from South Africa and Egypt show off their medals.

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Zimbabwean Triathlon captain Mikayla Colegrave’s impressive showing in the Junior Under 19 ladies event at the 2021 Africa Triathlon Cup in Sharm El Sheikh has set the tone for her team who begin competing in the Africa Triathlon Championships in the Egyptian resort this weekend. 

Colegrave and Matthew Denslow competed in the 2021 Africa Triathlon Cup in Sharm El Sheikh, last weekend. Colegrave took part in the Junior Women event, where she won a bronze medal, while Denslow was part of the field in the Elite Men, and finished on position 34.

Colgrave’s bronze medal is the kind of inspiration Team Zimbabwe needed ahead of the events this weekend and it could not have come from a better source than the captain of the team herself. 

Team Zimbabwe will battle for honours against other top athletes from the continent. The competition is set from Friday to Sunday.

Zimbabwe will field a 10-member team and Joshua Jacobs, Duwan Botha, Matipa Mawere, Emma Lidsba and Anje Van As left the country on Monday evening this week.

They were accompanied by tour manager, Tracey Jacobs.

They will be competing in the Under-23 Elite Men, Under-19 Junior Female, Youth Under-17 Male and Under-15 Male and Female.

They joined Denslow, Colegrave, Makanaka Mawere, Austin Jill and coach Pamela Fulton, who were already in Egypt.

United States-based athlete, Andie Kuipers, was expected to fly from her base on Wednesday this week. 

Makanaka Mawere was attending the ATU Junior Development camp, which got underway on Saturday, and will join her teammates for the competition.

The camp, which was being led by Fulton, and her South African counterpart Riana Robertson, ended on Thursday this week. 

Coach Fulton is also hopeful, Denslow, who was feeling well, going into his race over the weekend, would have recovered to compete at his best, on Sunday.

“Hopefully, this week, he will be able to sort himself out and get his health back to normal and refocus again and look at this coming event as a completely new event.

“He has raced the course already so he does have the advantage over other athletes in that he does know how to approach the technical sections on the bike.

“And, the bike is a very strong section for Matt as Mikayla.

“So, this last weekend would have definitely helped him there, knowing how to race the course.

“But, he does need to just refocus, and look at this coming race, as a different event and do the best that he can this coming weekend,” said Fulton.

Kuipers, who represented the country at the World Championships in the Under-19 category in Switzerland, in 2019, will also be out to try and qualify for the global event again this year. She is still Under-19. 

Events at the 2021 Africa Triathlon Cup in Sharm El Sheikh

 Friday 11th June 2021

05:00 Transition opens

5:30 Elite / U23 Women Start

7:50 Junior Men Start

9:00 AG Sprint Start

Saturday 12th June 2021

05:00 Transition opens

5:30 Elite / U23 Men Start

7:50 Junior Women Start

9:00 Youth Start

Sunday 13th June 2021

05:00 Transition opens

5:30 Para Start

7:50 Mixed Relay Start

Zimbabwe Triathlon Team 

Elite Under 23 Men 

Matthew Denslow (ex-Hellenic Academy)

Under 19 Girls 

Andie Kuipers (ex-Peterhouse Girls, Lenoir Rhyne University USA)

Mikayla Colegrave (Hellenic Academy)

Erin Elliot (Peterhouse Girls) 

Under 17 Girls 

Makanaka Mawere (ex-Hellenic Academy) * Qualified to race U19

Under 15 Girls 

Anje Van AS (Chisipite Senior School)

Emma Lidsba (Hellenic Academy)

Under 19 Boys 

Luke Hacker (Hellenic Academy)

Under 17 Boys 

George Ascott (Peterhouse Boys)

Austin Gill (Harare International School)

Under 15 Boys 

Duwan Botha (St. Christopher’s School)

Joshua Jacobs (Hellenic Academy)

Matipa Mawere St Johns College)

Team Manager — Tracey Jacobs 

National Coach – Pamela Fulton — Suburban Reporter/The Herald

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