- Although Hanson was a pool cleaner, he didn't know how to swim
- He challenged himself, learned to swim and completed Ironman triathlon just 5 months later
- He has now competed in 9 full Ironman events
An Eastern Cape-based athlete has shared how he completed his first Ironman triathlon just five months after learning how to swim.
Atlhough Hanson Singaphi worked as a pool cleaner, he couldn't swim. This changed when he saw an Ironman director training athletes one day.
Hanson challenged himself and learned how to swim in November 2004, Briefly.co.za learned.
In an interview with Beautiful News, he said:
Something went into my heart and I told myself, ‘I want to be an Ironman one day.'
Just five months later, he amazingly completed the Ironman, one of the most gruelling triathlons in the world. It consists of a 3.8km open-water swim, 180km cycle and 42km run.
Hanson made this remarkable achievement with the help of race director, Paul Wolff.
13 years later, Hanson is now a top athlete in South African and global duathlon and triathlon championships. He represented South Africa at the 2007 World Duathlon Champs in Hungary.
The determined athlete has now taken part in nine Half Ironman and nine full Ironman events. One of them was the Ironman World Championships held in Hawaii last year.
Through his athleticism, Hanson hopes to inspire people in his community:
In my community, I’m more like a local hero. They admire what I’m doing. I hope that by doing something different, I can inspire my community and anyone else out there who feels hopeless.
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