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Roger Mortlock

My name is Roger Mortlock and I am 30 years old. I am a Macadamia and Avocado farmer in the Brondal area which is my full-time job.

I have always been a sports lover and mostly sports which are individual. When I was in school I used to be a competitive road cyclist and I competed at U16 SA cycling Champs. I took up canoeing when I left school and started becoming competitive as well. Sports which involve water have always been my favorite and intriguing. I have competed in most river races around the country but my favorite is still the Dusi. My best position which I finished in was 28th. The dusi is what got me into running as there is a lot of portaging involved.
Last year while training for the Dusi I decided to enter an Xterra off-road triathlon which I would use for training. I managed to finish 22nd but realized it was a different kind of training required for triathlons.
I then entered the Durban half Ironman which was in August last year. As a training race, I competed in a triathlon in Mozambique which I managed to win. Durban half ironman went well but I realized I preferred the shorter Olympic distance races. I then entered the African Champs 5150 which very surprisingly I managed to win my age group 25-29.

This also qualified me to compete at SA Champs in March this year. I wasn't too sure how I wanted to go forward but decided to put in the training and see how I shape up with the best in the country. I went into a new age group this year so I never knew any of my competitors. We raced in East London and I managed to come second in 30-34 Age Group.This then qualified me to race in Mexico at the ITU World Championships. I initially thought that it was not achievable for me to get to Mexico so thought nothing of it.

Once I realized it was an opportunity of a lifetime and might never come around again I decided to enter and begin the training. I went onto a four-month training program and in preparation for Mexico.

So far 2017 has got off to a great start for my season. I managed to win our local Triathlon Champs in February which qualified me to compete at South African Champs in Bloemfontein. At SA Champs it was a tough course and weather conditions were extremely windy. I managed to come 2nd in my Age Group and 6th overall in the country.

After champs, I, unfortunately, rolled my ankle and fell ill so I was out of training for about two weeks and also missed a race in Joburg. I'm planning to race in Sun City on the 7th May as a training race. My next big race is South African Duathlon Champs on the 2nd July in Durban which I hope to do well at as my running will be my strong point.

From there I am planning on World Triathlon Champs in Rotterdam which takes place in September. I will use the winter as my preparation and hopefully have a great race.