EL sportsman plays it forward

Representing Eastern Cape at the SA and Continental Duathlon Championships in Cape Town this weekend are from left, Mihle Vandala, Asakhanya Mbuba, Athenkosi Sam and Kwakhanya Mbuba. Picture: SUPPLIED

For Sikelela Kakele, the dream of training a team to participate in the SA and Continental Duathlon Championships in Cape Town has been realised.

The championships will take place from June 29 to 30.

Four youngsters, Mihle Vandala, Kwakhanya Mbuba, Athenkosi Sam and Asakhanya Mbuba, will participate in the championships.

Training them under the organisation of Buffalo City Triathlon since 2016, Kakele has high hopes for them.

“They’re excited to compete for the first time., and I gave my all to train them. I trust that they will do well with all the training I’ve given them so far,” Kakele said.

KEEP RUNNING: Sikelela Kakele competing in a triathlon competition in East London in 2018
Picture: AMANDA NANO

During their last week before the nationals, Kakele set up a makeshift camp in his home to to prepare them mentally and physically for the competition.

“My wish before a big race is to have a camp where they can solely focus on the competition. I would love to have sponsors to help us in this regard,” he said.

Coaching this development side at no cost is Kakele’s way of giving back to the community. There are development consists of over 14 children, with the youngest at ten years old.

“I’m also competing in the championship and have done my utmost to prepare for it. Unfortunately, I haven’t trained for two weeks because of flu,” Kakele said.

Kakele competes in triathlons as well as duathlons. He is no stranger to the BCM stage, having competed in numerous Tribal Triathlons and Ironman races.

He and Davion Leon were selected to represent SA at the ITU World Triathlon Series in Switzerland in August. Leon has also participated in a number of triathlon competitions.

Davion Leon. Picture: AMANDA NANO

“It’s the athletes’ duty to find their own funding, and that’s where I have a huge challenge at the moment. I was supposed to have deposited R2,050 for the HUUB Tri Suit last week,” Kakele said.

He has set up a crowd-funding page but so far has received little response. He still needs to raise funds for a visa, entry fee, bike transfer, accommodation, meals and flight tickets.

To assist, Those wanting to assist Kakele, can go to www.backabuddy.co. za/sikelela-kakele-world-championship or to donate or call 067-100-0829.

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