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Ansie Swart
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‘n Rekord aantal deelnemers van 870 het na George gereis om aan die Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) te deelneem wat aangebied was deur Vodacom en ACSA (George Lughawe) op 19 Februarie 2011.

Stuart McCreadie record breaker of the OCC full marathon hand cyclesStuart McCreadie (Maties Helderberg Klub) was die wenner met ‘n nuwe wedren rekord van 1:10:02 toe hy die Hand Fiets afdeling in die Mans Ope Paraplegie 42.2km afstand gewen het. McCreadie neem maar so kort as vier jaar deel aan die sport en, met sy wen, het hy die vorige roete rekord van die Kanadees, Rico Morneau, met drie minute verbeter. Sy gemiddelde spoed van 40 km/h het aan hom die goue medalje en ‘n stewige bedrag kontant besorg.

McCreadie het na die wedren gesê, “Ek is baie trots vandag om die wenner te wees van hierdie wedren. Soos altyd was die roete baie veilig en is hierdie ‘n goed georganiseerde wedren. Ek het hard geoefen en het goeie resultate van myself verwag. Ek wil die organiseerders gelukwens met weereens ‘n uitstaande georganiseerde wedren en hoop om my titel volgende jaar te kom verdedig.”

Mark Rohan van Ireland het die eerste plek in die maraton Mans Ope Quadruplegiese afdeling ingeneem met ‘n tyd van 1:28:50.

Suid Afrika se trots en Paralimpiese hero, Ernst van Dyk, het die 42.2km Ope T53/54 afdeling in sy resies rolstoel in ‘n tyd van 1:43.25 gewen en daarmee sy swanebuiging in die OCC gemaak in die afdeling vir resies rolstoele.

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A record 870 competitors from South Africa and abroad took part in the Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) presented by Vodacom and ACSA (George Airport) in George on 19 February 2011.

Stuart McCreadie record breaker of the OCC full marathon hand cycles

Stuart McCreadie (Maties Helderberg Club) took the winner’s podium with a new course record of 1:10:02 when he won the hand cycle division in the men’s open paraplegic 42.2km division. McCreadie, who has only been racing for four years, broke Canadian, Rico Morneau’s previous record with three minutes to spare, averaging a speed of 40 km/h.

Said McCreadie after the race, “I am very proud to be the winner here today. The course was safe as always and it was a well organised event. I trained hard and expected good results from myself. I want to congratulate the organisers for an outstanding event and hope to be back next year to defend my title.”

Mark Rohan from Ireland took first place in the men’s open quadriplegic 42.2km division with a time of 1:28:50.

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Popular rugby personality, Chester Williams, is looking forward to participating in the Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge in February, pushing a young competitor in the fun event. Uyolo Ngcozela and Llani Groenewald of Astra School in Cape Town are pictured here helping him with his preparations for the race. [Photographer: Sarah Woods HSMimages]

Entries for the Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) are approaching the 500 mark as they continue to come in from across South Africa and abroad ahead of the 30 January deadline.

This growing annual event, presented by Vodacom, will take place in George for the ninth time on 19 February 2011.

Among the new international entrants are Albert Marti from Switzerland and Mark Rohan from Ireland. They join Kenny Herriott of Scotland and Nikki Emerson of England, who were both prize winners last year, and South Africa’s Ernst van Dyk, a world class athlete who has competed in the OCC every year since 2002.

Marti and Rohan will also be participating in this year’s “Toer de Kaap”, which leaves George one week before the OCC and follows the coastal regions, desert landscapes and mountains of the Southern Cape and Karoo, before returning to George and finishing with the OCC marathon.

The OCC is a Paralympic marathon qualifier and is recognised as an official Championship event by the SA Sports Association for the Physically Disabled (SASAPD).

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Ernst van Dyk (left), four-time winner of the Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) presented by Vodacom, takes time out after this year’s race in February with Denis Lemeunier of France who beat him into second place in the men’s wheelchair marathon. Van Dyk will be hoping to regain the marathon title in George on 19 February 2011, after being runner-up for the past four years, and has undertaken to promote this increasingly popular annual event amongst fellow athletes on the international circuit. The deadline for race entries is 30 January 2011.  Athletes  will be competing for prize money of R244 000 in 42 categories over three distances - a 42.2 km full marathon and a 21.1 km half-marathon for athletes using racing wheelchairs or hand cycles, as well as a 10 km distance, which also allows basketball chairs and ordinary wheelchairs. There is also a popular fun event for people with disability of all age groups who take part with a helper. For more information visit the OCC web site www.georgeocc.co.za or phone event director Esther Watson on 082 421 9359.

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Issued for the OCC by Felicity Howden Public Relations
Umhlanga Rocks

Media enquiries:
Felicity Howden, tel (031) 561-7252, 082 465 1990

Race enquiries:
Esther Watson, tel: 082 421 9359
 

 

Die Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) aangebied deur Vodacom in George op Saterdag (20 Februarie) het gespog met meer as 650 persone met gestremdhede van regoor Suid Afrika asook ‘n aantal buitelandse lande soos Kanada, Frankryk en die Verenigde Koningkryke.

8991: Denis Lemeunier van Frankryk was die wenner in die resies rolstoel T53/54 afdeling vir die tweede
agtereenvolgende keer. [Fotograaf: Desmond Scholtz]


Denis Lemeunier van Frankryk was die wenner in die resies rolstoel T53/54 afdeling vir die tweede agtereenvolgende keer met ‘n tyd van 1:32:39. Suid Afrikaanse Paralimpiese goue medalje wenner, Ernst van Dyk was tweede met ‘n tyd van 1:41:18 en derde was Eugene Klaasen van Wes Kaap met ‘n tyd van 2:37:13. ‘Dit was moeilik vir my - ek het ‘n moeilike wedren gehad,’ het Lemeunier gesê. ‘Dit was baie warm en in Frankryk reen dit en is dit nog koud, maar ek is bly om te gewen het en om die wenners’ titel te kon behou.’ Die handfiets afdeling was gewen deur Rico Mornau van Kanada met ‘n tyd van 1:12:58, met  Stuart McCreadie van Suid Afrika in tweede plek (1:14:22) en Kenny Herriot van Skotland in derde plek (1:24:320).
 

 
 
 

8952: Nikki Emerson van Engeland het die vroue afdeling

van die maraton gewen (T53/54). [Fotograaf: Desmond Scholtz]
Nikki Emerson van Engeland het die vroue afdeling van die T53/54 maraton gewen met ‘n tyd van 2:35:22.

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