Mandela Bay’s Rising Stars

Patricia Harding
Patricia Harding, a grade 11 learner at Westering High School, attended her first International Championship in Potchefstroom this past month. Patricia competed in the Sub-Junior 47kg weight division and received 5 gold medals at the commonwealth. She also set a new South-African and Eastern Cape deadlift record with a weight of 97.5kg.
Her attempts were : Squat – 57.5kg, Bench Press – 35kg and Deadlift -97.5kg
Patricia also competed in the bench press only and received gold with a weight of 35kg. Patricia’s coach Andre Ludik said he would love to take her to the Worlds Championships in Canada next year and appealed for funding to make this happen. Anyone willing to help this young star shine on the international stage can contact Jacqueline on 083 650 9029 or

Charl Parkin
Local athlete, 49 year old Charl Parkin, was diagnosed 10 years ago with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as motor neurone disease (MND) , the same condition that was suffered by Joost vd Westhuisen. With a diagnosis of only 2 to 3 years to live, Charl decided to take matters into his own hands and prove the doctors wrong. Charl borrowed a street bike from a friend to train and entered the ITU world triathlon series in Rottendam on a PTS3 para triathlon classification as a novice.
Charl not only competed, he also took the gold and beat the current Africa champion who is half his age.
Charl was short listed for the London Olympic swimming team but was not chosen due to his age, but says his new goal is to compete in the 2020 Olympics!
Well done Charl!

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