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All Set For 2017 Bonaqua Troutbeck ATU Triathlon African Cup

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By Don Makanyanga

Harare, March 28, 2017 - All is set for the historic 10th Anniversary of the annual Troutbeck Triathlon African Cup event scheduled for Nyanga April 1.

Addressing a media workshop in the capital ahead of the much anticipated event, Triathlon Zimbabwe (TZ) president Rick Fulton, who, despite bemoaning the drain of talent from the country and absence of the sport in schools, was delighted with the partnership of Bonaqua in sponsoring the sport in the country.

“Development for us is a critical area and a sound development system going on with the junior athletes up to university level and like every other sport in the country, we are suffering from the drain of good talent going out of the country and another challenge we are a facing is the absence of the sport in the school curricular but we believe with the support form Bonaqua will be able to continue nurturing talent and come up with the best athletes.

“We have heard a lot on the requirement of the resurgence of sport in our country and I’m afraid resources need to be made available. It is something that none of us can hide away from and our sport is no different and obviously for us our relationship with Coca­-Cola and Schweppes is a key part of that,” said the TZ president.

Coca­-Cola Zimbabwe marketing and activations manager Vee Chibanda said her company was looking at a term partnership with the Triathlon Zimbabwe despite the three year sponsorship coming to an end this year.

She remained confident of a long term partnership.

“We are proud to be sponsoring the elite sport and we are looking forward to continuing sponsoring the sport. And as we open a new chapter, we are looking forward to see the sport grow nationally.  

“Triathlon is not a cheap sport­ especially for the majority of our people. And so, as one of triathlon’s greatest supporters, we want you to be a part of the team. We need your help, we need each other to work towards the success of our team and to ensure the improvement of our sport so as to attract more athletes and interest in Triathlon as a whole,” said Chibanda.

Triathlon is an activity that combines swimming, cycling, and running in one event. The Olympic, or “standard” distance in triathlon is a 1500 metre swim, 40 kilometre bike, and 10 kilometre run. 

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