Elite Athlete Development Programme Media Release  No: Prime1615

20 July 2016

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Written by: Kyle Gilham

EADP’s Hatherly realises remarkable Olympic Dream

Durban – Elite Athlete Development Programme member Alan Hatherly’s Olympic Dream will become a reality in Rio de Janeiro in August when he represents the South African in the cross country mountain biking clash at the 2016 Olympic Games despite being just 20 years old.

Having dreamt for many years of one day representing the country at the iconic multi-sport event, the young Hillcrest based athlete is thrilled to have made the cut for the South American spectacle despite having started his Rio qualification specific preparations just eighteen months ago.

“I couldn’t be happier and I’m extremely proud to be given the opportunity to represent my country in Rio,” explains Hatherly.

“It has been a lifelong dream to go to the Olympics but this has all happened way quicker than I thought it ever would.

“I had been focused on trying to qualify for the 2020 Olympics and in fact only realized a year and a half ago that there was even a possibility that I could go to Rio!

“Since then though, everything – from my planning with my team manager, Shaun Peschl and my coach, John Wakefield, my training, my conditioning, etc. – has been geared towards trying to qualify for and then to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games,” adds the Kargo Pro Cycling Team member.

Through his involvement in the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation backed EADP, Hatherly spent some time in Prime Human Performance Institute’s hypoxic chamber last year before following a carefully designed, personalised strength and conditioning programme in their gym as part of his build up to next month’s Olympic challenge.

A frantic racing schedule for much of the first half of this year also saw the debutant Olympian to-be placing great emphasis on recovery – another key area in which the EADP provided Hatherly with assistance.

“The EADP has played a crucial role in preparing me for all the races I needed to take part in in order to push for Olympic qualification and selection.

“I did a lot of important strength work down at Prime while the regular screenings and testing we go through as part of the programme also help us hugely in tracking our physical developments.

“It has also taken a lot of careful management of my schedule in order for me to not only prepare properly for races but also recover sufficiently, especially after it was race, race, race earlier on this year.”

Aware of his early emergence onto the Olympic circuit, Hatherly is keen to gain invaluable experience in Rio ahead of potential future Olympic assignments.

The fast emerging young star is however also eager to ensure he isn’t merely a passenger in Rio and instead flies the flag high for South Africa.

“Being selected for the Olympics has happened a lot quicker than I thought it ever would for me and potentially being able to go to three Olympics in my career is unbelievable,” says Hatherly.

“Being so young, the experience of my first Olympics will definitely help me if I’m lucky enough to go to a second and even third Olympics.

“I am definitely going to Rio to compete as best I can though. Having done all my homework, it seems often a lot of the guys actually come into the Olympics a little overcooked so I definitely think a top 20 is a possibility.”

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Elite Athlete Development Programme athlete and Kargo Pro Cycling Team member, Alan Hatherly is thrilled to have been selected to represent Team South Africa in the men's cross country mountain bike event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Anthony Grote/
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Elite Athlete Development Programme athlete and Kargo Pro Cycling Team member, Alan Hatherly believes he can finish inside the top 20 in the men's cross country mountain bike event at his Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro in August. Anthony Grote/
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