Cape Town - Africa’s
first Pro-Continental cycling team, Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung, has proudly
joined the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation’s elite group of sporting ambassadors.
World-famous long distance athlete Elana Meyer as well as champion wheelchair
racer and hand cyclist Ernst van Dyk, both Laureus Ambassadors, welcomed the
team to the Laureus family during their training camp for the 2015 season at
Spier Wine Estate in the Western Cape.
Following on from their fantastic 2013 debut season on the international
cycling stage, the MTN-Qhubeka riders made history on 23 August 2014 as the
first African team to compete in a Grand Tour, La Vuelta (the Tour of Spain).
The team is now working towards participation in next year’s edition of the
Tour De France whilst also focusing on developing young African cycling talent.
Team MTN-Qhubeka rides to raise awareness and funds
for the Qhubeka initiative, a charity dedicated to mobilizing people in Africa
by distributing bicycles to underprivileged children in rural communities.
Laureus Sport for Good Foundation South Africa
Chairman, Morné du Plessis, comments, “Team MTN-Qhubeka’s values and goals are
strongly aligned with those of Laureus. We are delighted to welcome the team to
our passionate ambassador network and look forward to working hand in hand to
give young people the skills and opportunities to reach their potential through
“Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung is honoured to be
welcomed into the Laureus family and be a part of the iconic ambassador
network. Our team has worked really hard to become a force to be reckoned with
in world cycling whilst raising awareness for the Qhubeka charity’s ‘bicycles
change lives’ initiative. To become a part of the Laureus Sport for Good
Foundation’s elite group shows that our efforts have not gone unnoticed and
this will drive us to greater heights”, said Douglas Ryder, Team Principal –
Laureus Ambassadors are a select group of current and
former sportsmen and women around the world who have achieved sporting
greatness or made significant contributions to the sporting community during
their careers. They are recognised as role models and icons of success and have
volunteered their services to support the work of the Laureus Sport for Good
Douglas Ryder with Elana Meyer and members of Team MTN-Qhubeka
Africa’s first Pro-Continental cycling team, Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung