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George, Western Cape – Fiercely-contested first place finish, gutsy attempts to break record times, fervent defence of hard-won titles and passionate resolve to improve personal best results . . . all this and huge doses of gritty determination characterised the top athletes at the 11th OCC wheelchair race on Saturday,
In an oh-so-close finish, the hand cycle division in the men’s open paraplegic 42.2km marathon was won by Ernst van Dyk (Maties Helderberg Club), in a time of 1:09:33. Coming second, with the same officially-recorded time but a mere half-wheel diameter behind the winner was Andries Scheepers (Rustenburg Multi Club). And only one second behind the leaders was third-placed Stuart McCreadie from (Maties Helderberg Club), who came second in 2012.
This is the eleventh time that Van Dyk has entered the OCC race, and his second consecutive win in the handcycle division, with an average race speed of 36.4 kilometres per hour.
Speaking after the race, Van Dyk praised the event organisers and fellow competitors.
‘I only made it by a hair’s breadth into the winning position. This is a real honour, but I can see I will have to train even harder next year to stay ahead of the tough competition! Once again, the race was so well organised, and I am grateful to the George Municipality’s traffic department for ensuring our safety. I strongly encourage all wheelchair-bound people to consider entering this wonderful, camaraderie-filled event next year.’
In a winning time of 01:58:39, Hilary Lewis of South Africa once again won the Women’s Handcycle Paraplegic marathon, bettering her 2012 time by nearly three minutes.
The Racing Men’s Paraplegic marathon was won by Gerrit Hendricks in a time of 01:58:39, followed by Elford Moyo and Eugene Klassen.

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Wedywering vir eerste plek was heftig in die marathon van die Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC), wat Saterdag in George plaasgevind het. Kop aan kop is (links) Andries Scheepers en Ernst van Dyk, beide van Suid Afrika. Van Dyk het gewen in ‘n tyd van 1:09:33 met Scheepers ‘n breukdeel van ‘n sekonde in die tweede plek met dieselfe amptelike tyd. George, Wes Kaap – ‘n Verwoede stryd om eerste plek, waagmoedige pogings om rekord tye te breek, vurige verdediging van hard verdiende titels en ‘n vasberadenheid om persoonlike beste tye te verbeter . . . al hierdie eienskappe en ‘n stewige dosis determinasie was die kenmerk van die top atlete in die 11de OCC rolstoel wedren wat Saterdag 16 Februarie in George plaasgevind het.
Die mans ope handfiets paraplegiese afdeling is naelskrap gewen deur Ernst van Dyk (Maties Helderberg Klub) in ‘n tyd van 1:09:33. Tweede was Andries Scheepers (Rustenburg Multi Club) met dieselfde amptelike tyd maar slegs ‘n halwe wiel lengte agter die wenner. Die derde plek is ingeneem deur Stuart McCreadie (Maties Helderberg Klub) wat een sekonde agter die leiers oor die eindstreep is.
Dit was Van Dyk, gebaseer in die Paarl, se 11de deelname aan die OCC en sy 2de opeenvolgende oorwinnning in die handfiets afdeling. Sy gemiddelde spoed was 36.4 kilometer per uur.
Na die wedren het Van Dyk die organiseerders en sy mede deelnemers geloof.

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The Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) is all set to take place on 16 February 2013 in George.  Doing some pre-race planning are (back, from left) OCC event co-ordinator Ansie Swart, Viona Puley and Brenda Vorster of ACSA George Airport and Donald Goldfain, Rotary Club president for George. Giving them inspiration are, (from left) Stacey-Lee Vaaltyn (15), Leshaan Heunis (7), Nomfundo Joyi (7) and Kaylin August (5).The ever popular Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) is geared up to take place once again on 16 February 2013, when athletes with physical disabilities gather in George to compete in the various races, including a full marathon.

Since its humble beginnings in 2002 when 27 athletes took part in a race down the Outeniqua Mountain, the OCC wheelchair challenge has grown to become a major annual event on the National and International calendar for disabled athletes, with over 1000 competitors from eight countries on the start line in 2012.

The event relies heavily on patronage, and news of sponsorship renewal by the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA)’s George Airport – the same presenting sponsor for OCC 2012 - is excellent news for both organisers and competitors alike.

Manager of ACSA George Airport, Brenda Vorster, is committed to aligning her company with the development of sport for persons with disabilities.

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Die Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) is gereed om plaas te vind op 16 Februarie 2013.  Besig om die wedren te beplan is (agter, van links) OCC ko-ordineerder Ansie Swart, Viona Puley en Brenda Vorster van ACSA George Lughawe en Donald Goldfain, Rotariêr Klub president vir George. Die kinders wat hul inspireer is (van links) Stacey-Lee Vaaltyn (15), Leshaan Heunis (7), Nomfundo Joyi (7) en Kaylin August (5).Voorbereidings vir die elfde Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) wat op 16 Februarie 2013 in George plaasvind, is reeds volstoom aan die gang. Atlete met fisiese gestremdhede kom in George byeen om in verskillende kategorieë deel te neem, insluitend ‘n marathon.

Sedert sy beskeie ontstaan in 2002, toe 27 atlete deelgeneem het in ‘n wedren teen die Outeniqua bergpas af, het die Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge gegroei tot ‘n gewilde jaarlikse instelling op die Nasionale sowel as Internasionale kalender vir atlete met gestremdhede, met meer as ‘n 1 000 deelnemers in 2012. 

Die OCC is grootliks afhanklik van borgskappe en die nuus dat ‘Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA)’ - George Lughawe, besluit het om hul borgskap as hoof borg in 2013 voort te sit, is verblydende nuus vir die organiseerders sowel as deelnemers.    

Bestuurder van ACSA George Lughawe, Brenda Vorster, is trots daarop dat haar maatskappy toegespits is op die ontwikkeling van sport vir persone met gestremdhede.

Vorster sê, ‘ACSA se sosiale investeringsbeleid en hul besigheids riglyne “moving people, changing lives” (beweeg mense, verander lewens) pas aan by die beginsels van die Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge,  wat hierdie ‘n vennootskap maak waardeur beide organisasies kan groei en ontwikkel. Die sosiale komitee is reeds volstoom besig agter die skerms om voor te berei vir OCC 2013’. 

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