Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cape Town host World Triathlon champs

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The inaugural Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town event, which takes place 26-27 April, was pre-launched yesterday at the Westin Convention Square. The International Triathlon Union (ITU) late last year announced that Africa is the latest continent to host the event. Chicago is the other city to debut in this year’s ITU series.

Other cities to host the World Triathlon Series are Auckland, Yokohama, London, Hamburg, Stockholm and Edmonton.
Visitors congregate in the foyer before the discussion.
South African Triathlete Richard Murray is looking forward to the race.
Over 1 000 participants will be competing in this year’s Cape Town event, including South Africa’s very own Richard Murray (# 5 in the world). Top international triathletes from around the world will also be competing. Organisers are hoping to have 10 000 participants competing in the next 10 years.
The panel - (from left to right) Gidon Novick (Discovery Vitality CEO), Debbie Alexander (Triathlon SA President), Richard Murray (SA triathlete) and Iain Banner (an event partner) -  answered visitors’ questions.
A number of excited stakeholders and visitors attended the pre-event launch, including sponsors, SASCOC president Gideon Sam, Murray, and members of the media. Sam said he is very delighted that South Africa will be hosting an event of this magnitude. He also hopes that the event will leave a development legacy behind for the youth.
SASCOC president, Gideon Sam, addresses the audience while Iain Banner looks on.
Triathlon South Africa President, Debbie Alexander, explains their coaching development plan.
Discovery is the official title partner and Virgin Active is the official partner of the event.

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