4 Dec '14: ATC T&E Update

 Federation of the Year – Warrior Champ – Tri Champs – ATC Pub Run


TSA Federation of the Year
At the South African Sport Awards, held in Sandton last Sunday, Triathlon South Africa was crowned as Federation of the Year!  Our congratulations to TSA!  Dr Debbie Alexander, President of TSA, dedicated the Award to the entire Triathlon family:  “The TSA Leadership, Coaches, Technical Officials, Volunteers, Administrators, Stakeholders, Athletes and Supporters, all whose collective efforts made this possible
More details on this glamorous evening can be found on the Triathlon SA Website.
ATC Awards ‘14
Dr Debbie Alexander was also present at the ATC Awards Dinner last Tuesday and expressed thanks, in a letter addressed to STeve Attwell and Gert Wilkins, earlier this week:
“Just a short note to thank you and your committee for the invitation to attend the Atlantic Triathlon Club Awards Evening.  It was indeed heart-warming to witness such a positive turn- out, the commitment of athletes and the general enthusiasm for the sport of Triathlon that prevails.
There is no doubt that the role that both of you, and ultimately ATC, fulfil ensures that triathlon is ‘alive and well’ in the Western Cape. I wish to thank you for your commitment and all you do to promote our sport.
Please know that your input and efforts are noticed and very much appreciated.”
You can download Debbie’s letter from the on-line version of this newsletter on our News Page.
Wedding Bells:
Two members who met while training with Embark for Ironman 70.3 are getting married this weekend.  Good luck and congratulations to Mike Kriel and Justin Roome!
ATC Pub Run:
Our annual Pub Run will take place this coming Tuesday, 9 December.  We will start at 18:00 from the Oceana Boat Club and visit four Pubs in the Waterfront, Green Point and Sea Point.  The ATC Office will be available in the club house from 17:00 to 18:00 and again after the run.  ATC Gear and running licenses will be available from the office.
Preparing for Ironman 70.3 SA
Stuart Marais, Champion of the Totalsports Challenge, Knysna Big 5 and Ironman 70.3 Italy, will host an informal talk on how to approach and taper for Ironman 70.3, taking place in January 2015.  The talk will take place at 18:00 this coming Wednesday (10 December) on the 4th Floor of the Office Tower at The Point in Regent Road, Sea Point.  There is no charge but seats are limited so please RSVP on Facebook.
Last week we omitted the biggest result of the week.  Dominique D’Oliveira won Warrior Nationals!  You can read about Dominique’s journey from Gymnast to Warrior Champs in November’s edition of the Modern Athlete, which featured her on the cover.


Tomorrow (Friday) morning we will do the Canal Swim at 06:00.
This weekend there will be no Club Training sessions as it is the Western Province Triathlon Champs.
This week the wind played havoc with our training sessions and everything else.  Let’s hope we have better luck next week:
On Tuesday morning we will do a 5 Km Time Trial, starting from The Glen at 06:00.  We will not have the evening Track session due to the Pub Run.
On Thursday morning we will do a Mountain Bike ride at 05:30 from the Wembley Virgin Active.


WP Triathlon Champs
Good luck to all the members taking part in the Western Province Triathlon Championships on Sunday at Val de Vie, near Paarl.  Registration for this event is this afternoon at the Tygervalley Sportsman’s Warehouse between 15:00 and 18:00.  Late entries and Registration will also be accepted on Sunday morning. 
The second event in the Tribetri kids / junior triathlon series also take place at Val de Vie on Sunday.  The kids will start once most age groupers will be finished so if you know of a youngster over 6, with any type of bicycle and helmet, bring them along and coach them through a triathlon!  The distances are very short.
Registration, Racking and Starting times can be viewed and downloaded from our Events Page.
The Jailbreak Max and Mini Triathlons take place next Friday at Brandvlei Correctional Services in Rawsonville.  Registration and bucket collection is this Saturday from 12:00 to 17:00 at the Prime Cleaning Suppliers premises in Montague Gardens.   Alternatively, you can collect at the race venue next Thursday, 11 December, between 16:00 and 18:00.  There will be no registration on race day.  Race briefings will be held at 14:00 and 16:30 on Saturday and 17:00 on Thursday.  You are strongly advised to attend one of the race briefings.  If you really cannot make it to registration to collect your bucket during the above mentioned times, let us know before Saturday and we will try and make a plan to collect on your behalf.
Other Events:
The Dirtopia Falke Summer Trail Run takes place on Saturday at the Delvera Farm, near Stellenbosch, with a choice of 15, 12 or 7.5 Kilometres.

The second WP Aquatics Open Water Challenge takes place on Saturday at the Eikenhof Dam in Grabouw.  Swim distances range from 400m to 10 Kilometres.

On Saturday is the Beachcomber 15K and Old Mutual Two Oceans 5.6 Km fun run, taking place at the Strandfontein Sports Centre.  On Sunday there is the ACSA 10K at the Airport.
The 1SOMS Mile takes place on Sunday at Clifton 4th Beach.


Entries for this year’s Tokain Manor House run are limited to 1000 runners.  You are advised to enter on-line before 16 December at www.racetraq.co.za.
Ironman 70.3
You have your race number, now get there!  Focus on the Finish Line (FOTFL) will be offering a coach service to Ironman 70.3, East London.  The coach will depart from Cape Town early on Friday 23 January 2015 and will return on Monday 26 January.  The cost is R 2 275 per person return. 
Other Services available from FOFT are:
  • They will transport your bike there and back and can collect from your home of office.
  • They have a few rooms available for the event in East London but you have to book in the next 24 Hours.
  • Day trip for supporters to the turn-around, pre and post-race massages and other race-day hospitality.
For more information, please email: kelly@focusonthefinishline.com
Enjoy the Weekend!