As August draws to a close, the month in which we celebrate women, we thought to feature one super inspiring woman who has recently been selected for the South African team to compete at the ITU World Triathlon Championship in Cozumel on the 18th September 2016. What makes this accolade even more impressive is that this superwoman juggles a management consulting job with the demands of raising two high energy toddlers and the intense training regime required to perform at international triathlon levels. This superwoman is Suneé Pretorius and this is her story…
My triathlon journey began… during the December holiday at the end of High school with an impromptu holiday race with my sister at St Francis Bay. I rode a bike with a basket at the front and bought cycling shorts and helmets at the local cycling shop. I then proceeded to continue with the Energade/5FM triathlon sprint series during University. That was a great series that many consider the welcome mat of triathlon. I however started to take it more seriously whilst living in London with the club SwimforTri.
The biggest accomplishment in my triathlon career is…taking 2nd place at SA Champs in March 2016 for my age group and being selected for the South African Triathlon team to compete at ITU World Triathlon Championships in Mexico on 18th September!
The four words that describe this accomplishment are… unexpected timing, lifelong dream
The strongest part of my racing is… as a senior provincial swimmer I have always relied heavily on my swim, however I’ve worked hard at track running and my run is currently the strongest part of my racing.
My biggest racing challenge right now is…. the cycling leg.
I combat this challenge by….I’ve worked very hard at it in the last few months with lots of interval watt bike sessions and twice a weekend on the road. Investing in a time trial bike has also helped considerably.
The best part of triathlon is…. I’m a believer that life is too short for just one sport. Multi-sports keeps the injury and boredom at bay with the use of different muscles and training disciplines. It is also a great leveler in that everyone has a favorite and least favorite discipline.
The next big race I’m training for is…. ITU World Triathlon Championships in Mexico on 18th September
I’m training differently for it by… I’ve increased competitive, group training sessions by joining the triathlon club, Exercise Solutions with Samantha Harrington.
What sets me apart from other triathletes is… I LOVE racing. With a demanding job and two toddlers, I am not always able to train as much as I would like to, but feel I am successful at races as I am mentally strong, have a tactical race plan and give it my all on race day.
I’m inspired by… seeing other people grow and accomplish their dreams, kindness and sportsmanship, when one least expects it
Triathlon aside; I’m passionate about… I have a head for business and heart for Africa. People development in the business and sports sector is what I’m passionate about.
The best advice I’ve ever been given is… Raise kids to have roots to grow and wings to fly!
Because the Triathlon governing body in South Africa does not have the funding to pay for athletes to compete in international competitions these athletes need to secure funding themselves. Whilst Rush is so proud to be fuelling her race we encourage anyone who is keen to give wings to this supermom’s dream to compete for her country to please do so by checking out her profile on https://thesponsorshop.co.za/ to see how best to do so!
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