Monday, April 15, 2024

Zimbabwe: Nicholson, Smith Trying Ahead to African Video games


Ellina Mhlanga — Younger triathletes Rohnan Nicholson and Callum Smith are trying ahead to the publicity and expertise once they participate within the African Video games subsequent month in Accra, Ghana.

The Video games are scheduled for March 8 to 23.

Smith and Nicholson are a part of Workforce Zimbabwe and can compete towards elite males from completely different international locations on the continental show-piece.

Andie Kuipers and Lorna Doorman are the nation’s representatives within the girls’s part.

Triathlon Zimbabwe president Ross O’Donoghue introduced the triathlon workforce on the Bonaqua Africa Triathlon Cup perform on Saturday.

Fifteen-year-old Nicholson mentioned it may be a studying curve competing with a few of the continent’s elite athletes.

“It should be a tough race. However I believe it is nice for expertise. So I’m going to present it my greatest and see what we get out of it.

“I believe it may give me publicity. The elites are excessive up there in how they race and the abilities, the approach, so I’m simply going to be taught from this occasion.

“I haven’t got any expectations as a result of it may be a tough race as a result of there may be going to be outdated individuals and we’re solely 15,” mentioned Nicholson.

Kuipers is essentially the most skilled as she is already competing on the elite degree whereas the trio of Nicholson, Smith, and Doorman will likely be competing on the degree for the primary time.

Nicholson, along with Smith participated within the Africa Junior Cup, which was held alongside the Africa Cup over the weekend on the Troutbeck Resort in Nyanga. Smith, who can also be 15 years outdated, is trying ahead to the Video games.

“I really feel very excited for this race developing. I’m going towards the highest individuals in Africa. So I’m trying ahead to it and I’m so excited that I received picked for this chance, to go and signify the nation in Ghana.

“I’m very nervous about this as a result of, I imply everyone there may be going to be at the least of their 20s. So I’m very nervous as most international locations or all international locations are going to be sending their two greatest male athletes and that is what Rohnan and myself must go up towards,” mentioned Smith.

For the pair, participating within the Video games will likely be extra on the developmental aspect.

Workforce Zimbabwe chef de mission Eltah Nengomasha, giving an replace on the nation’s participation and preparation for the Video games lately, famous that there have been a number of components they thought-about in deciding on sports activities codes for the Video games.