Cyclist on roll for disabled

STADIUM TOUR: The cyclist meets Bok legend Schalk Burger at the Western Province clubhouse at Newlands
STADIUM TOUR: The cyclist meets Bok legend Schalk Burger at the Western Province clubhouse at Newlands

FORMER Port Elizabethan and sports fanatic Garth Lezard is on a roll for people with physical and intellectual disabilities and for Super 15 Rugby.

The 40-year-old travelling cyclist, who has cycled more than 30000km through 24 countries on six continents since December 2010, has arrived in Port Elizabeth as part of his latest venture – to be the first person to cycle between the Super 15 Rugby teams’ home stadiums.

And with Port Elizabeth being his last stop before leaving for his home town of Durban next week, where he plans to meet the Sharks team, Lezard is just a few hundred kilometres away from finishing his quest and applying to be recognised in the Guinness Book of Records

The Herald caught up with him yesterday at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium where he hopes to meet some of the Kings players and management today.

“It is amazing to be back in Port Elizabeth. I went to Herbert Hurd Primary School here in the early ’80s, so it is great to be back, and of course to visit the stadium.”

He said both his solo, unsponsored cycle trip and his rugby stadium bid were based on his support for Cheshire Homes, which care for people with physical and intellectual disabilities. – Shaun Gillham

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