Karabo, Kgaugelo and Njabulo's story of their Safelite Las Vegas Triathlon Experience
All summed into one story as this was the realisation of our dreams together
I knew that I was travelling to the United States of America on the 17th of April, to participate in the Triathlon event, which was going to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
When the day came, I thought I was dreaming, but hey, I found myself seating in the airplane with a safety belt on my waist. We were a team, Karabo was going to cycle 20 km, Kgaugelo was swimming 750 meters and Njabulo was running 5 km, in a foreign land I have never been to and yet so yearned to see. Now all this was a reality and I was living this reality.
Our first stop in the USA was in Atlanta, where we caught our connection flight to Las Vegas, and on arrival we were fetched by a Limousine to the Lewis Lake Hotel. This was just surreal, living like the rich and famous for the first time in my life. We were welcomed to a team dinner at the Barbecue Restaurant and the food was really delicious. We even forgot we were exhausted from the long hours flights we had taken and only felt it when I slid into the luxurious bed of a 5 Star Hotel.
The following morning we had breakfast, and went to play tennis with our coach, Mr. Thomas Taole, who gave us a thorough lashing on the tennis court. In the afternoon we went to collect our race packs and Karabo was given his bike, which he took for a test ride. In the evening everyone assembled at the hotel lobby where we were all introduced officially to everyone. This was indeed a dream we did not want to wake up from, as it was from one amazing event to the next. We enjoyed mingling with the people from a diverse culture and backgrounds, yet with one goal, of participating in the triathlon to help underprivileged communities develop.
On the day of the event, we left the hotel at 6a.m., for the first time everything was done on time, really showed we were outside Africa… We were all proud of ourselves when we completed our different disciplines and felt like champions. After the race we had our breakfast and free time until 17h30, were we took a walk and explored Las Vegas...wow! That city is beautiful, I could not believe my eyes! We had a VIP reception at the team dinner and Matt Wager, chair of the Safelite® Challenge committee gave feedback about the day’s event and issued medals to the participants. Karabo was given the chance to share what came from the team’s hearts and the other youth we had left back in South Africa.
I am an Achiever and Not a Dreamer
Thank you Safelite AutoGlass® for being a piece of puzzle that completes me
I never thought that one day I would fly;
I always viewed a life with limitations,
but you made me believe in myself and know that everything is possible, if I put my mind to it
You changed my mindset and made me believe that my destination in life is not defined by where I am from,
but where I am going
Today it’s a dream come true,
I have walked on the land of the USA
Today I live with hope of making a better tomorrow,
Through living today with a purpose not by chance,
To help, make the world a better place through hard work, dedication and a Never Faint attitude
Not forgetting that God is my source of strength
Some say, ‘the sky is the limit’, but I say, ‘the sky is not the limit and heaven is my witness’
Thank you for making my memory of a life time,
For granting me the opportunity to live beyond my expectations
Planting a seed of knowledge,
Continuing to sprinkle it with love,
Patiently nurturing its growth,
To produce tomorrow’s dreams
On our last day, we had breakfast at Omelet House and went on a tour of the Hoover Dam, wow!!! This was a marvelous experience. Matt and Brian took us to Hoover Dam Store and they bought us a lot of stuff we wanted. Karabo always refers to the tshirt they bought for him as a treasure which reminds him of the family from another continent, that cares for the African youth.
Later, Mr. Steve Parker, Safelite AutoGlass® Las Vegas General Manager, took Karabo and Njabulo for a ride on the Harley-Davidson. This was our first ride on the Harley and the experience was just out of this world…kind of gave us an idea of how to spend our weekends when we older and can afford to get one. At night we had dinner at the Stratosphere, a tower, hotel and casino located on Las Vegas Boulevard just north of the Las Vegas Strip. This was beyond our expectations, especially being on the tallest observation tower and actually having dinner in a room that was rotating while giving us the best view of the city.
Written by Karabo Seduma, Kgaugelo Kubayi & Njabulo Nkonyane
Compiled by Trevor P. Molife