Race Report: Dylan van Tonder – Warrior #7

This was probably my favourite Warrior race that I have ever done because I felt really good with my training and my capability of winning all my races. I was originally planning on doing the commando but ended up doing the Rookie as I had a chance to win the overall for Rookie at the end of the year. This warrior was held again at Meerendal which is one of favourite venues because it is down in the Cape. My race started as always with a fast sprint to pull ahead of all the other athletes which worked for me because I stayed a head the whole race but I did have another competitor behind me for majority of the race. I finished the rookie with a time of 30min and 27sec, which is probably one of my fastest times as my training for the OCR World Championships definitely paid off. I won the u/16 Category and the overall for the Rookie. I thought my day of racing would be over after this as I decided not to compete in the sprint race to reduce the chance of dislocating my shoulder again 2 weeks before Worlds, but I eventually got my mind changed by my father to compete as I stood really good chance of winning the u/18 category. I then set a qualifying time which got me into the finals with 3 other athletes. As we set off from the start I immediately pulled away from the other 3 athletes and stayed ahead until the ropes and rings where the rope got caught between my legs and I had to take my time to remove it which allowed one of the athletes to pass, this then motivated me even more to win as it would make a homerun of race wins that weekend, so I pushed myself hard in the last 6 obstacles and made it into first position all the way until the end with time to spare. This then made me achieve all 3 victories for the weekend and bringing home 6 wins between my sister and I in total for the team as she also won all her races. It was overall an awesome weekend and thanks to the Nevarest Team, Toyota Warrior, KeyHealth medical, First accent and Inov-8 for allowing me to be the athlete I am today.

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