The South African Sports Association for the Intellectually Impaired (SASA-II) has announced that an active member of Kinetic Cycling Club, Lional Geldenhuys, has been selected to represent the country at the 2017 INAS World Cycling Championships in Assen, The Netherlands from Sunday 30 July to Friday 4 August.
Geldenhuys will become the first intellectually impaired South African cyclist to be selected to compete in the competition, which is put together by International Federation for Intellectual Disability Sport (INAS). SASA-II President Lizzie Vogel and Kinetic Cycling Club Chairman O’Ryan Bruintjies will accompany him.
SASA-II will be supporting the traveling, accommodation, equipment and visa process of Geldenhuys and his support team.
Kinetic Cycling Club’s Glen Bonthuys will be assisting Geldenhuys with preparations with regards to a clear and realistic coaching plan in order to achieve his goals overseas.
Vogel says that Geldenhuys’ participation in the Championships would hopefully create more opportunities for differently abled cyclists in the country to choose cycling as a preferred sport.
Bruintjies congratulated Geldenhuys on the remarkable achievement and mentioned that he knew that he would be a true ambassador for South Africa.
Cycling South Africa congratulates Lional Geldenhuys on this remarkable and historic achievement and wishes him every success in Europe.