The SA National Para-cycling Championships, part of the Nedbank National Championships for the Physically Disabled, presented by SASAPD (South African Sport Association for the Physically Disabled), took place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal earlier this week.
Racing began with the junior flat track Time Trial event on Monday 26th March, with the juniors and seniors taking to the streets on Tuesday for the road Time Trial, and the road race completing the proceedings on Wednesday 28th March 2012.
The junior flat track Time Trial race was held on the tartan athletics track. Racing was finished soon after midday, in the heat of the day in very hot and humid conditions along the coast.
Despite the challenging conditions young Joelene Kuhn of the Free State set new records among the day’s five new South African records established, winning gold in both the 800-metre and 1500m under-14 tricycle (T2) events.
The women pair of Kamelen Kleinsmith and Michelle van Rensburg were outstanding finishing only seconds behind their male gold medallist colleagues.
Young development riders from the Northern Cape performed very well in the championships, overall. The region is making great strides in terms of transformation in the sport. Western Province was the winning for the championships.