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Collegiate Junior welcomes new world champion

COLLEGIATE Junior School has got a new world champion in its ranks.

Keira van Heerden, a 12-year-old learner, won the U/13 Biathle Mixed Relay with SA team mate, Joshua Eccles (12), from Gauteng.

They became the new world champions in this category after competing at the Biathle and Triathle World Championships in St Petersburg, Florida, on Thursday.

Biathle consists of a continuous 400m run, 50m swim and 400m run for this age group.

Van Heerden, a Grade 6 learner, had four consecutive days of tough competition against world class athletes from Britain, Egypt, Guatemala, Belarus and India.

On the second day she and Eccles competed in the triathle mixed relay claiming silver for SA.

Triathle consists of laser shooting over a distance of 5m, a 400m run, and 50m swim, with all three repeated twice.

On the third day, she competed in the individual triathle race, where she claimed silver for South Africa and on day four, she competed in the individual biathle race, where she won another silver medal.

In total, she won four medals for her country at this prestigious world- class event.

Van Heerden made a lot of sacrifices during the year to keep up with her private training, as biathle and triathle are not school sports.

“I believe that there must always be a balance in life and I try my utmost best to balance my private sport, school sport, academic and cultural activities,” Van Heerden said.

“I also believe that anything is possible through Christ, who gives me strength and I give God all the glory for my talent and accolades.”

Van Heerden trains middle distance with Leonardo de Villiers of Leonardo de Villiers Athletics, short distance with Jessi Heatley of JH Sprints and Hurdles Academy and swimming with Mark Edge of PEA swimming club.

For more info, follow the Facebook page of NMB Modern Pentathlon, Biathle, Triathle & Laser Run.

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