Elite Athlete Development Programme Media Release
Schlebusch is SA triathlons new
Durban - It was a day to savour as young Durban triathlete Amber
Schlebusch crossed the line first and claimed the gold medal in
the women's triathlon event at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos
Aires on Sunday.
The 17 year-old from Durban Girls College, who is a member of
the Elite Athlete Development Programme, went into the event
with realistic expectations in a field that included the best
junior triathletes in the world.
"I was hoping to get a top ten and that is what I kept telling
people that asked me," the KZN Junior Sportswoman of the Year
said. "But secretly, to myself I was hoping that I could get on
"I never thought that I could win the event but I was hoping to
get into the top three!
"To eventually win the race was very emotional for me. I thought
about everyone at home and felt a weight come off my shoulders
considering how hard I had worked to get there."
The race wasn't as straight-forward as Schlebusch would have
wanted it to be and she had to fight back on a number of
occasions to get herself into a position where she could win.
She had a dominant run where she set the fastest time by ten
"I started my swim well and got to the first turn in a good
position but then I think I just lacked the endurance and
finished one or two spots behind the leading girls.
"My first transition was shocking! It is something that I really
need to work on but I managed to stay in touch.
"I think on the run I surprised a lot of the spectators because
the run was on a loop so they didn't see us much and I managed
to catch the leader in the last five hundred metres to win!
"The feeling I experienced is hard to describe! There was so
much emotion - I think I had a little cry," she laughed.
Schlebusch's duty at the Youth Olympics is not over as she gears
up for the Mixed Triathlon relay where she joins fellow South
African Christiaan Stroebel along with Tunisian athletes Mohamed
Aziz Sebai and Syrine Fattoum to represent Africa.
With a major milestone reached, the young star is hoping to
continue her growth as an athlete both on the circuit and away
"I am really motivated to work hard when I get back home," she
said positively. "I want to get faster and faster and use the
team at Prime to help me build my strength - I think that is an
area I can improve.
"The support from the EADP and the team at Prime has been great
and I am looking forward to training there when I get back."
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Young Elite Athlete
Development Programme athlete Amber Schlebusch celebrates her
gold medal in the women's triathlon at the Youth Olympic Games
in Buenos Aires recently.
Development Programme athlete Amber Schlubusch came from behind
to win the women's triathlon in the final 500 metres at the
Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires recently.
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