Lezandre Joubert on her way to victory at the 2012 Totalsports Challenge

If you are not already fired-up for the Totalsports Challenge 2013, here are two of the hot contenders for titles in 2013 to inspire you! Lezandre took the women’s title on her first attempt at the beginning of this year, and Nicole has been placing consistently on the trail running scene this year!

MEDIA RELEASE NOVEMBER 2012

KICK START THE YEAR AT THE TOTALSPORTS CHALLENGE

“One Team, Seven Challenges”

The 11th annual Totalsports Challenge presented by Liberty Medical Scheme and REHIDRAT® SPORT returns to Kleinmond on Saturday, 12 January 2013.   This much loved multi-sport event is ideal for athletes of all sporting disciplines as participants can either compete individually or as part of a team.

Lezandre Joubert on her way to victory at the 2012 Totalsports Challenge
Lezandre Joubert on her way to victory at the 2012 Totalsports Challenge. Photo Credit www.oakpics.com

Reigning 2011 individual women’s champion and DUESOUTH Ambassador, Lezandre Joubert will be aiming for her second consecutive win in January.  “In 2012 I was just hoping to complete the event, but in 2013 my goal will definitely be to improve on my time while having a fun day out in nature. Competing in the individual category is a great challenge for my multisport ability. The Totalsports Challenge is one of the few races that really test so many sporting disciplines. This event really caters for everyone. If you are only interested in doing one discipline, you can enter as part of a team. This makes the event open to competitors of all fitness levels. When competing individually, it is essential to choose the correct seconding (support) team. They should know exactly what you need when and where, while ensuring that your equipment is in the correct place and  on time at all the transition points. I have two support cars and a bunch of family members and close friends that make sure that every transition runs as smoothly as possible on the day. I enjoyed the camaraderie the most of all at the 2012 event.  The Totalsports Challenge truly is an unforgettable experience,” says Joubert.

Nicole Marais will be hoping for a podium finish in the mixed team category of the 2013 Totalsports Challenge
Nicole Marais will be hoping for a podium finish in the mixed team category of the 2013 Totalsports Challenge presented by Liberty Medical Scheme and REHIDRAT® SPORT. Photo Credit www.oakpics.com

Salomon SA Ambassador, Nicole Marais will also be part of the action in January when she teams up with Daniel Wiese to participate in the mixed team category.  For Marais it’s the camaraderie and event atmosphere that keeps her coming back for more each year.  “The Totalsports Challenge is the most amazing event, I absolutely love it.  While it’s an event for the very competitive elite athlete who’d wish to compete for a podium position, it’s also an event for the social participant who might only be able to complete one discipline.  The Totalsports Challenge brings together an array of people, from your elite swimmers, runners, cyclists etc to your every-day social participant. It’s the perfect event to kick-start the year.  The beach run is my most favourite part of the race.  I love seeing all the other participants running their hearts out to finish the event.  Seeing the pairs or trips having to complete the last discipline, the camaraderie and how they sometimes literally “push” their partners across the line, it’s really special. The support at the Totalsports Challenge is amazing. Everyone encourages, supports and cheers each other on along the way. Team participation is great as afterwards you have a story to share.  It’s fun, because whilst you’re a participant, you’re also a supporter encouraging your partner on,” says Marais.

Adrenaline junkies can choose between the 7-discipline Totalsports Challenge or the less daunting 4-discipline Totalsports Terra Firma Challenge.

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By David

Outdoor adventure enthusiast living on the Garden Route.

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