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Athlete Profile

Richard Murray
Age:24
Place of Birth:Durbanville, Western Cape South Africa
Place of residence:Durbanville
 
Richard represented South Africa at the 2012 London Olympic Games where he finished 17th in the Triathlon. Murray is the 2013 South African Xterra champion after winning the Totalsports Xterra in Grabouw. He started the ITU World Triathlon Series with a second place in San Diego and has been performing consistentantly  in the World Series. He is cur rently fifth on the world rankings. In 2012 he finished three times on the winners podium in the World Series. He won the sprint event in Hamburg. Murray is also a former multiple junior Duathlon World Champion. He is currently the highest ranked ITU South Africa and African Athlete.
For more on Richard Murray visit his websit http://www.trimurray.com or follow him on Twitter @RD_murray.
Sporting Highlights:
2 x World Junior Duathlon Champion
2 x South African Junior Mountain Bike Champion
U15 South African Cross Country Champion
2 x African Triathlon Champion

 

Henri Schoeman 
Age:   
22
Place of Birth:  Vereeniging, Gauteng South Africa
Place of residence:  Durban, KZN, South Africa
 
Henri started as a swimmer, becoming the best distance swimmer in his age group on a national level. He also competed in many Provincial and National Triathlon Championships every year  just for fun and did very well, winning most of them. With a small body frame Henri stopped improving in swimming times and at 18 years old, he decided it was time to transition over to triathlon full time. His most memorable sporting highlight would be finishing 4th in the Kitzbühel World Triathlon Series 2013.
Sporting Highlights:
6th in Yokohama World Triathlon Series 2013
Broke into top 10 World Ranking 2013
Elite African Champion 2013
Elite South African Champion 2013
5150 African Champion 2013
11th in Hamburg World Sprint Championships 2013

 

Wian Sullwald
Age: 
  20
Place of Birth: Vereeniging, Gauteng South Africa
Place of residence:  Pretoria and Bela-Bela
 
Sullwald considers himself a typical small town farm boy racing as a professional Triathlete. His goal is to be the best he can be in the sport in the world. Sullwald absolutely loves the outdoors and states this as the reason why he does what he does. His dream is to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games and win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games.
Wian was diagnosed with asthma and the doctor suggested that he start swimming. His swim coach saw that he had a talent for running. Soon Sullwald was swimming and running and doing sports that combined the two like Biathle where he won medals at multiple World Champs. His parents where cycling so it was only a matter of time before he also started riding. Soon he did his first triathlon and it just went on from there.
Sporting Highlights:
Proudest moments: Winning the 2012 Junior World Triathlon Championships and finishing 8th at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games. 
 2012 SA Champ.
2012 Junior World Champ.
3x African Junior Champ.
multiple Podium finishes in Junior European cups.

 

Travis Johnston
Age: 28
Place of birth: Durban, South Africa
Place of residence: Johannesburg, South Africa
 
Travis started triathlon at the age of 24 when his boss at work got him to enter the Ironman 70.3 in East London. That was his first ever triathlon and he has been hooked ever since. Changed careers and now loves every second of his day doing what he loves.
Sporting highlights
Winning the age group Africa champs in 2010
Winning 5150 Bela bela 2011
Racing at the WTS Madrid in 2013
Hyvee 5150 final in 2012
Top results
SA duathlon Champ 2011, 2012
SA 5150 winner  2011
47th WTS Madrid 2013
18th ITU Cozumel World Cup 2013
2nd ITU Zimbabwe Africa cup 2013

 

Wikus Weber
Age:
   24
Place of birth:  Germiston
Place of resodence:  Pretoria, South Africa

Weber lives in Pretoria and trains at the High Perfromance Centre, He started sport doing cross country and swimming at school and preferred not to specialize in one of them and decided to combine his sports into one and started  biathlon at the age of 12 and then moved into triathlon at the age of 14.

 

Kate Roberts
Age:
30
Place of birth: Bloemfontein, South Africa
Place of residence: Bloemfontein, South Africa
 
Roberts was a swimmer and runner at school at a provincial level and got into triathlon when the sport debuted at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000
Sporting highlights:
Melbourne Commonwealth Games team 2006
Beijing Olympian 2008
London Olympian 2012
4 x African Champion
7th ranked in the world in 2010

 

Gillian Curr Sanders
Age: 32
Place of birth: Sandton, Johannesburg
Place of residence: London, UK
 
Gillian comes from a very active family and grew up in a very active, outdoor lifestyle in Pietermaritzburg. Her parents actually met through running and she and her sister were always encouraged to take part in a whole range of different sports. Throughout school Gill tried anything and everything - hockey, tennis, netball, athletics, swimming, biathlon etc etc. Sanders excelled at swimming and running from a young age. Gillian did her first tri aged 10 and went to her first world champs at 13. Sanders spent a couple of years out of the sport enjoying student life at University & subsequently whilst working as  lawyer.
Sporting highlights:
Being both South African & African Champion in 2012. Competing at the London 2012 Olympics and finishing 19th, the highest by any South African female at the Olympics (and after only 18 months as a fulltime athlete).
Top results:
2013: 
African Champion
3rd ITU European Cup Quarteira
11th ITU WTS Yokohama
2012:
African Champion
South African Champion (& 1st ITU African Cup Port Elizabeth)
19th London 2012 Olympic Games
4th ITU World Cup Ishigaki
10th ITU WTS Yokohama
2nd The Virgin Active London Triathlon

 

Carlyn Fischer
Age:
23
Place of Birth: Bloemfontein
Place of residence: Bloemfontein

At the age of 6 Fischer started cross-country running, which lead to athletics and swimming. She did my first triathlon at the age of 11, winning bronze at her second ever triathlon, SA National Champs. Carlyn continued to do many other sports: cycling, biathle, biathlon, pentathlon, aquathlon, duathlon, hockey and modern dancing. After recieving National colours and winning the South African title in 7 sports, Fischer eventually had to make a choice, and aged 17 she I chose triathlon. She competed in her  first ITU race in 2009, the same year she started full-time studies towards an LLB Law degree.
Athlete Proudest Moment:
Winning African Games in 2011

 

Anel Radford
Age:
35
Place of birth: Johannesburg, South Africa
Place of residence: Sydney Australia
 
Anel comes from an elite swimming background. After her swimming career she started doing a bit of running and cycling to keep fit. That lead to participation in age group triathlon and after some good results Anel wanted to test herself against the best in the world. Radford has only been competing as a full time elite athlete for a year and is still very new to elite level racing.
Sporting highlights:
Representing South Africa as an elite swimmer and triathlete
Top results: 
2 time ITU Continental Cup winner. 4 time ITU Continental Cup podium finisher
8th place 2013 ITU World Cup, Ishigaki, Japan
2nd place 2013 ITU African Championships, Morocco.
ITU World Triathlon Series Rankings
Women
Jodie Stimpson

1 Jodie Stimpson (GBR) 800Gold Medal

2 Anne Haug (GER) 740Silver Medal

3 Helen Jenkins (GBR) 685Bronze Medal