Esona Shines in Portugal


Esona Sipho Esihle Sekeleni

Esona is a 10 year old girl who attends Cambridge Primary School in East London, Eastern Cape. She is a biathlete and swimmer who is also good in academics as well. She started competing in biathlon and biathle at the beginning of 2020 but unfortunately COVID happened and we went into lockdown. During that time she never stopped training and did aerobics and followed a good diet with her family, all prepared by her mom. Once sport resumed she was back in the pool and trained very hard under the care of her amazing coaches at Aquanova Aquatics Club.

Esona started competing again in January 2022 where she was invited to attend the Border Biathlon trials and February 2022 started competing in Biathle races. Each and every time Esona attended races both in Biathlon and Biathle she improved tremendously.

On 02 April 2022 she represented Border Biathlon in Gqeberha for SA Championships where she broke her Border record in both running and swimming that weekend. Later in April on the 24th she attended Eastern Cape trials where a team would be selected to go and represent the province at the SA Biathle Champions in Stellenbosch. Esona did very well at Eastern Cape trials by obtaining 1st place in her age group which guaranteed her a spot on the team going to SA Biathle Championships.

On 28 May 2022 Esona represented the Eastern Cape at the SA Biathle Champions in Stellenbosch where an SA team was selected to represent the country at the World Biathle Championships in Portugal in October this year (2022).She performed exceptionally well, and as a result, earned a place on the SA Team which was announced on 5 June 2022.

The World Biathle Championships will be held on 26 - 31 October 2022 in Machico, Madeira Island, Portugal. In both Biathlon and Biathle the athletes are not funded nor assisted in any way whatsoever. It is up to Esona's mom (who is a single parent and sole provider) to raise funds for her to attend all these trips.

Your assistance at all levels to support this young-star shine, would be highly appreciated.

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