South African cycling distribution company Positive Sports Solutions have continued their desire to back the sport in the country by inviting promising teenager Aaron Heyneke to take on a role of ambassador.
The Grade 10 pupil from Jeppe High School in Johannesburg has made his mark in the cycling discipline with a string of successes in the last two years, including winning the Emperors Classic MTB event in the U16 category in 2017 and 2018.
A spokesman for Positive Sports Solutions said the 16-year-old star was the type of rider they were focused on helping.
“We see great value in having him as part of our set-up as this is an opportunity to support our young riders to become the best they can be,” he said.
“We looked at Aaron for some time and he showed true potential. He does not have a coach as yet and never really had a proper bike set-up until a couple of weeks ago.
“Despite that he has been very successful so far and we believe we can help him grow as a cyclist.”
A passionate cyclist since he first rode “with side-wheels” at the age of two, Heyneke is happy with his new role, which runs until August 31 next year.
He said he was looking forward to promoting the quality brands the company distributed in South Africa among his fellow cyclists.
Heyneke’s long-term aim is to achieve success at an international level, but for the moment he is focused on local objectives.
“I would like to become the Junior South African mountain-biking champion next year or in 2020,” he said.
“My immediate target is to defend my title at the Spur national schools championships.”