TEN-year-old athlete Liam Prime will be jetting off to Spain to represent South Africa at the UIPM (Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne) World Biathle Championship in September.
Liam is a keen sportsman who keeps his parents on their toes and his recent achievement of being in the top 10 ranking at the biathle championships held in George two weeks ago means he has qualified for the Presidents Team at the World Biathle. He will definitely make East London and his parents proud, no matter the results.
“Attending the world championship is a huge honour for Liam. He intends doing the best he can and is hoping to equal or better his time of 3:59. He wants to soak up every moment of the event, not forgetting to have fun as he does it. He wants to make his school, suburb, town and country proud,” his mother, Vanessa Prime, said.
Liam’s training schedule includes running sessions and three swimming sessions a week. His trainers, Sammy Saunders and Nathan Johannisen, play a huge role in his sporting career and his love for running and swimming.
“As part of our fundraising campaign for Liam we have raffle sheets selling tickets for R10 a ticket,” Vanessa said.
“Liam will be at the Vincent Spar on 28 and 29 July [Friday and Saturday] where they can meet him and take some tickets or give donations towards his fundraising efforts.
“We have also challenged family and friends to deposit R50 into the official bank account number and challenging just one other person to do the same.”
Liam’s dreams know no boundaries. As young and as determined as he is, he is striving for a gold medal and is training accordingly.
His goals include being an Olympian and one day running the Boston Marathon in the US.
The young lad believes in the saying that “every pro was once an amateur, every expert was once a beginner, so dream big and start now”.