Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Sissons Goes ‘Home’ For Cape Town World Triathlon Event

5 April 2014
Triathlon New Zealand

Sissons Goes ‘Home’ For Cape Town World Triathlon Series Event

For New Zealand’s leading male triathlete Ryan Sissons a race in Cape Town means so much more than travelling to a new venue in a stunning part of the world. When Sissons takes part in the latest round of the ITU World Triathlon Series this Sunday (Monday 1am NZT), he is racing closer to his original home than ever before.

Sissons grew up in Zimbabwe and moved to New Zealand when he was 12, as they looked for a better life and new opportunities. But the 26 year old still has family in Africa so racing in Cape Town this weekend will be a chance to show them the work he has been doing these past 14 years.

“For me Cape Town WTS is the first time back to Africa since I left 14 years ago. I was living in Zimbabwe and my family decide to move to NZ when I was 12 years old. My grandparents are here and will watch me race in a triathlon for the first ever time, so if that isn’t enough motivation to do well then I’m not sure what is.

“It’s a long way from New Zealand but I have managed to get through the travel and into some good sleeping plans quite nicely. I know I am in some great form and have managed to get a descent block of training in post Auckland so I am really looking forward to trying to iron out some mistakes I made there. It’s another good field with a lot of new athletes lining up for the first time this season so it will no doubt be an interesting race.

“All in all I am really just happy to be here in Cape Town and in some good shape and be able to spend some time with my family whilst doing triathlon. Nothing can really be better.”

The quality of the field will indeed again be strong, with Jonathan Brownlee and Javier Gomez again on the start line, as is Mario Mola. Add to that mix a first race this season for Richard Murray in his home country and the pace will be on throughout.

Sissons is the only New Zealander racing in the elite races this weekend. For live timing, visit www.triathlon.org and follow the links for live timing splits and updates.

The elite men’s race is covered live in NZ on Sky Sport 3.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Review: Henry Rollins Burning Down The House

With his lantern jaw, close-cropped hair, and muscle-bound physique, Henry Rollins could not be further from the US Marine image his appearance might suggest. More>>

A Series Of Tubes: 150 Years Of The Cook Strait Cable

“It was a momentous achievement for its time. The successful connection came on the third attempt at laying the cable, and followed a near disaster when the first cable snapped - almost destroying the ship Weymouth in the process,” says Ms Adams. More>>

ALSO:

February 2017: Guns N' Roses - New Zealand Dates Announced

Founder Axl Rose and former members, Slash and Duff McKagan have regrouped for one of the century’s most anticipated tours... Rolling Stone said: "This was the real thing, the thing we'd all been waiting for: the triumphant return of one of the most important bands to cross rock music history. And it happened in our lifetime.” More>>

Werewolf: Brando, Peckinpah And Billy The Kid

Gordon Campbell: Initially, One-Eyed Jacks was supposed to have been directed by Stanley Kubrick from a script by Sam Peckinpah – yet it quickly became Brando’s baby... More>>

Book Awards: ANZAC Heroes Wins Margaret Mahy Book Of The Year

“Simply stunning, with gold-standard production values,” say the judges of the winner of this year’s Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award in the prestigious New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. ANZAC Heroes is also the winner of the Elsie Locke Award for the Best Book in the Non-Fiction category. More>>

Baby Animals: Hamilton Zoo Rhino Calf Named

Hamilton Zoo’s latest rhino calf has been named Samburu and he's being celebrated with a unique zoo experience... Samburu arrived after his mother Kito’s 16-month pregnancy and the calf brings the number of white rhinos at Hamilton Zoo to six. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news