Dylan Fenthum has been selected by South African Orienteering to represent the country at the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Denmark in February.
He won his event at the SA Championships last year and was in the squad named last week. He needs to send in his time-trial times regularly, and if he maintains his form he will be off to Denmark in July.
“I love orienteering,” he said. “It’s a combination of physical and mental challenges. I’m not the fastest but I am good at map-reading and I make good route decisions and that makes me successful.”
Physical fitness is very much part of it though. “We race up to 10km sometimes, cross-country, so you have to be fit,” he said. “There are urban courses, bush courses, night races on golf courses, so there is always a lot of variety.”
Dylan also participates in Adventure Racing – a team triathlon, involving running, cycling and kayaking, with some mountaineering thrown in. “We are going to do a 150km race in April. It’s a non-stop relay and we are hoping to do it in under 20 hours.”
Orienteering is an official sport at Jeppe. The school competes in the local interschool league and there are about 20 boys running for the team.
Dylan is also the school’s cross country captain, he has half colours for academics and has been named a prefect for 2019, so he is an all-rounder, and Jeppe’s latest international sportsman.