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Visually Impaired Triathletes Seek Support for African Championships




Gavin Kilpatrick and Heinrich Vermaak, visually impaired triathletes, have joined forces with their triathlon guides, David Taylor and Jefferson Murdoch, to leave a lasting impact on paratriathlon history.

As a team of four representing South Africa, they recently achieved gold and silver at the South African ParaTriathlon Championships. Their remarkable performance earned them an invitation to compete at the Paratriathlon African Championships in Egypt in October 2023.

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Gavin Kilpatrick, a paratriathlete from Mayberry Park, along with his tandem pilot Richard Mountjoy, recently participated in the Albion Wheelers time trial series race in Randvaal. Similarly, Heinrich Vermaak, a visually impaired triathlete from Brackenhurst, and his pilot Jefferson Murdock also participated in the time trial series race, completing a challenging 14km individual time trial.

Their outstanding performances led to their selection as the South African team for the African Triathlon Continental Championships. This opportunity emerged after their success at the South African Triathlon Championships on March 19 in Nelson Mandela Bay, where they emerged as champions. However, their participation in the upcoming Egyptian championships depends on securing sponsorship.


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“We participated in the race as part of our preparation for the Durban ultra triathlon on August 8, which is an essential part of our training journey towards the Paratriathlon African Championships on October 15 in Egypt,” explained Kilpatrick.

Source: Paratriathletes gear up for the Paratriathlon African Championships

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