Matthew Guy (11) of Sweet Valley School in Bergvliet will be the youngest participant in the Discovery World Triathlon Cape Town this coming weekend, 26 to 27 April. The contest will be hosted at the V& A Waterfront in Cape Town, making it the first time that the prestigious event will be hosted on the African continent. The International Triathlon Union (ITU) made the announcement in November 2013 that Cape Town will be hosting the esteemed event alongside international cities of Auckland, Yokohama, London, Chicago, Hamburg, Stockholm and Edmonton.
Matthew participated in the Spur Adventure Biathlon (two disciplines) in Grabouw last year and in the 2014 Iron Kids Triathlon in Port Elizabeth with his older sister Francesca Guy (13), also an avid athlete. Matthew and Francesca Guy, and Dylan Payne (12), a close friend will be competing at the Discovery World Triathlon Series as team ‘Sweet Velocity’. Matthew says, “We called ourselves ‘Sweet Velocity’, because we all go to Sweet Valley School and reckon we’re rather fast.”
Participants under the age of 15 years are compelled by the rules to enter as a relay team of three. Older participants are welcomed to enter the race either as a sole entrant or as a member of a relay team. Matthew says, “I will be doing the running in the team, my sister Francesca will do the swimming and my close friend Dylan will be riding. We’re just doing it for fun”.
Matthew enjoys playing cricket, rugby and hockey and is an active cross-country athlete. He adds, “My biggest achievement is qualifying for the Western Province Champs Cross Country event last year. My goal is to quality for Western Province again.” Matthew’s other love is cricket and bowling leg spin. He considers Shane Warne, widely regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the game, as his biggest sporting inspiration. Otherwise he considers his dad Brendan Guy, a labor law specialist from Guy & Associates, as his role model.