Cycling South Africa today announced that O’Ryan Bruintjies has been appointed as new para-cycling commission director.
Bruintjies, who hails from Ravensmead in the Western Cape, has 15 years of cycling administrative experience behind his name. He has served on the Western Province and Western Cape executive and as Western Province and Western Cape schools commissioner.
He also belongs to the Kinetic Cycling Club, where he has been an active administrator for a number of years.
Bruintjies said he was excited to get the opportunity to explore a new world of cycling in the form of para-cycling.
“It will be a new challenge,” he said. “I firmly believe there is so much more that can be done for the growth of para-cycling in South Africa.
“I would like to implement the models that have been applied to school- cycling growth to para-cycling.”
He was now looking to assemble a team to implement his plans, Bruintjies said. “I can’t do this on my own; my approach will be to get a team together and to build the right team around me.
“I’m looking for people who know the game and can help me take this discipline forward.
“My plan is to implement a model to take on more races and to streamline the process for South African teams.
“I also want to create more opportunities for para-cyclists to qualify for more events.”
His son, Jason Bruintjies, is currently the under-15 South African national road champion.