A Dream Come True

Was exactly the case for one Stellenbosch based local and ISUZU Mountain Bike Academy rider, Thembisile Shaun Mtintsilana, when he received news that he had been selected as a team member for the CONTEGO Junior Mountain Bike Structure for the remainder of 2015.

During this period “Thembs,” as he is affectionately known by his ISUZU MTB Academy teammates, will have the opportunity to train with the likes of professional mountain bike athletes, Lourens Luus and Adriaan Louw, as well as travel with the CONTEGO Pro MTB Team to some of their selected events to participate in, on his Swift Carbon mountain bike, which forms part of the sponsorship. The period until December 2015 will form as a probation period for Thembisile, whereupon successful completion and based on various athlete criteria, will be awarded a full academic scholarship to study part time at UNISA for 2016, allowing him to still continue to work at the Dept of Home Affairs and train in Stellenbosch with the new CONTEGO PRO Junior Team for 2016.

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Caption: Adriaan Louw (Team CONTEGO); Thembisile Shaun Mtintsilana and Alexa Cunningham (Stillwater Sports).

 

Alexa Cunningham, Team Manager of the ISUZU MTB Academy Team, which supports 7 mountain bike athletes from the Kayamandi Township in Stellenbosch said, “We honestly could not be happier for Thembs, this is such a wonderful opportunity for a hard-working, awesome human being and reflects the pure objective of what the ISUZU MTB Academy is about, affording these young men/ woman with a coach, the necessary tools, skills and platforms on which to showcase their MTB talents, with the end-goal ultimately being that they are snapped up by professional mountain bike teams such as the CONTEGO Pro MTB Team and it’s a big thanks to our sponsor ISUZU for affording them this opportunity as well as to businesses such as CONTEGO for getting behind initiatives such as this. I will be working closely with his new team in order to monitor his progress and ensure that he has all the necessary resources available to him in order to secure his entry into the Team again for 2016.”

With his work certainly cut out for him for the remainder of the year, Thembisile’s new Team Manager Adriaan Louw had the following to say “My dream for this team is to set a professional standard in South African mountain biking and by selecting bright young athletes with attributes, such as Luke and Thembisile’s, to lead our Junior program we have a winning recipe. Thembisile is an extremely talented human being with immense potential both on and off the bike and we hope that by affording him this opportunity we are but a step in the right direction of Thembs’ bright future. Welcome onboard!” Whilst JC Louw of CONTEGO Asset Management said “We started the junior program with the dream of giving athletes with potential more than just a ride, we want to afford them the opportunity to study while racing, and hopefully be able to open many more doors for these athletes. Thembs has the heart of a lion and I have no doubt that he will one day play a vital role in the future of our team and the sport.”

For further information, contact: alexa@stillwatersports.com

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