Wow there are few words that can express the level of pride I am feeling tonight. I really am truly grateful that I am part of a team that has each other’s backs in every way.
Today we moved locations and arrived at Shenzou Peninsula for the second half of the ISA World Stand Up and Paddle Board Championships and what a day it turned out to be.
The day focused on the Men’s and Women’s SUP Sprinting events. South Africa had two incredible athletes compete. Kimon Dos Santos started the morning in an extremely tough opening heat and did incredibly well to come in fourth in his heat. Kimon has trained extremely hard and put in the time and focus to improve his rankings in the world and has done very well so far.
Kimon together with Rory Smyth will compete in the men’s long distance race together with Jadon Wessels competing in the Prone distance race. Jadon won a copper medal for the Prone Technical Race on Wednesday this week.
In the women’s sprint race, Tarryn King proceeded to win both her heat and the semi final to proceed to the Women’s Sprint Race Final. Having given birth to her adorable son Koa King last year she was not able to attend Worlds but remained fit and kept training straight after his birth.
Tarryn has worked hard and both her and her Husband Tom King (also competing this year) have fitted training into their jam packed schedules as working parents with a young child. Today all that hard work, training and support from her family, friends and team paid off as Tarryn won Gold for South Africa.
Little Koa King has been a large part of the blessing of this journey. Any mother with a 13 month old child will tell you that kids of this age are busy and can often be niggly or out of sorts when out of their routine. Not this little guy, he has been a laugh a minute and has had the entire team in fits of laughter. He has also managed to steal the hearts of all around him.
The journey with this team of remarkable human beings has been a true blessing in my life and I feel utterly grateful for the experience and look forward to another great day tomorrow. The most important thing in life to do every day is to show up and be the best version of yourself possible. I can honestly say there is not member of this team that has not done that 300%.
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