It’s time to keep our fingers crossed on 21 May when IAKS employee Wiebke Dierkes takes part in the 27th Hagen Sparda-Bank Triathlon. Together with her blind fellow student she will attempt to cover the distance of 500 m of swimming, 23 km of cycling and 5 km of running. The 25-year-old student of physical education Marcel Wienands has been blind since an illness four years ago. But he hasn’t allowed this to diminish his enjoyment of sporting competition and is always setting himself new ambitious goals. “I’m pretty good at swimming,” says the former competitive swimmer, smiling, “but I’d like to improve at running. So I’ve welcomed the opportunity to train with my fellow student.”
Together, Wiebke and Marcel are relying on blind trust when they, like all the other participants, take part on Sunday. For the swimming they are setting off side by side, with Marcel counting his crawl strokes to the turn. Then they mount a tandem for the cycling distance, and for the running the two athletes are joined together by a rubber cord.
We wish the two likable athletes much success in their first triathlon!
Information also on Instagram: @blindtriteam