H1 Handcyclist Pieter du Preez presented a talk at Cordwalles Preparatory School on Monday 28 August. Du Preez is in town to take part in the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships from Thursday 31 August – Sunday 4 September.
Du Preez is a wheelchair racer, a World Champion handcyclist, a Paralympian and triathlete. He is also the first quadriplegic to complete a full able-bodied Ironman 70.3 race. His story is powerful and inspirational to all.
Losing the full use of all four limbs after a tragic accident involving his bicycle and a car in 2003 ironically while cycling to go and received medical treatment, Du Preez became a C6 quadriplegic, left with only the use of his biceps and wrists.
Du Preez has gone on to accomplish many goals set for himself, and continually pushes himself to achieve even more. Addressing the students who were captivated he said: “If you only dream, then they just stay as dreams. I like to set myself goals in a contract that I sign and show my friends and family. That way I know I need to get it done and reach that goal.”
Du Preez also stressed the need to achieve more than just sporting goals. The Deloitte Actuarial Analyst stressed to the young learners the importance of pursuing dreams and never giving up both academic and sporting. He encouraged and urged them to persevere through challenges that life may send their way.
The 2017 UCI Para-cycling Championships consists of two days of Time Trial racing at Midmar Dam on Thursday and Friday this week, and two days of Road Racing at Alexandra Park on Saturday and Sunday. Entrance to come and support is free of charge. Spectators are encouraged to come and support these phenomenal athletes as they battle it out with the best in the world to be crowned 2017 World Champions.
For more information about the 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, go to: https://www.cyclingsa.com/2017-uci-para-road-world-champs/