2016 Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship
2016-04-08 00:00:00.0

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The event, one of the largest to date on the local calendar, has attracted African entrants literally from the Cape to Cairo, says Jenny Pheiffer, Executive Head for Group Brand Sponsorship and Events at Standard Bank.

“There is no doubt that the sport is attracting more attention in Africa. We are pleased this year to see entrants from Egypt, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. For the first time we have had an entrant from Gambia and trust that this is the beginning of a new trend that will see more countries from the continent competing in IRONMAN events.”

IRONMAN has long enjoyed a reputation as being an event that brings together people from different backgrounds that have a common love for one of the most personally testing ultra-events on any athletics calendar.

Besides being drawn to Port Elizabeth from every continent on the planet, the entrants also share occupations.  IRONMAN attracts large numbers of entrants from the ranks of professional people, says Ms Pheiffer, pointing out that at this year’s African Championship that there are a number of professions that dominate.

For instance this year there are:

  • At least 30 medical doctors drawn from various disciplines, with one doctor travelling from South America to take part in the event;
  • The financial field is well represented with competitors listing  their occupations as accountants, actuaries, chartered accountants and financial managers within major companies and financial institutions;
  • A smattering of CEOs;
  • Attorneys and advocates;
  • Diplomats;
  • Chiropractors;
  • Vets, with one entrant travelling from Chile, South America;
  • Engineers drawn from sectors including civil, electrical and mechanical engineering;
  • Artisans of various types; and
  • Military personnel.

“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’,” says Ms Pheiffer.

“Whatever their occupations, the competitors in this year’s event will share in the camaraderie, excitement and sense of personal achievement that will come with taking part in what is regarded as

one of the world’s ‘Top Five’ triathlons and is drawing an amazing depth of talent to our shores. We wish all the athletes the best of luck and hope that they will all be courageous enough to Never Stop Moving Forward.”

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