More than 600 international athletes will be lining up with 1 243 South African athletes and 19 African athletes at the 2016 Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship in Port Elizabeth, South Africa this weekend.
The event, which is one of the largest to date on the local calendar, has attracted African entrants literally from Cape to Cairo, including a competitor from Gambia – a first for the country and the Championship.
Besides being drawn to Port Elizabeth from almost every continent on the planet, the entrants also share similar occupations. At this year’s IRONMAN African Championship, there will be a number of professions that dominate. For instance:
At least 30 medical doctors drawn from various disciplines, with one travelling all the way from South America
The financial field is well represented with competitors listing their occupations as accountants, actuaries, chartered accountants and financial managers
A smattering of CEOs
Attorneys and advocates
Vets, with one entrant travelling from Chile, South America
Engineers from many sectors including civil, electrical and mechanical engineering
Artisans of various types
Perhaps the most unusual international entrant - and definitely in a category of his own - is a competitor who lists his occupation as ‘Admiral of the Fleet’. But whatever their occupations, the entrants in this year’s event will share in the camaraderie, excitement and sense of personal achievement that come with taking part in what is regarded as one of the world’s ‘Top Five’ triathlons.
We wish all the athletes the best of luck and encourage you to Never Stop Moving Forward.