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Laureus Joins Team Dimension Data at Tour de France for Mandela Day

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Laureus is delighted to be joining Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka as part of our celebration of Mandela Day, 18 July, We will be joining the team as they compete in the 2019 Tour de France.

Nelson Mandela’s birthday is an opportunity for people and organisations from around the world to celebrate his incredible legacy, 
In their capacity as Laureus ambassadors, Team Dimension Data will continue pay tribute to “Madiba’s” memory at the Le Grand Boucle and this year we are sending a delegation to support the team.
This will include:
  • Sean Fitzpatrick – Chairman of the Laureus Academy and former All Blacks captain
  • Morne du Plessis – Chairman of Laureus South Africa and Laureus Academy member
  • Ryk Neethling – Laureus Ambassador & Olympic gold medallist (swimming)
  • Jonathan Hill – Laureus CEO
This occasion will endeavour to reinforce the team’s shared vision with that of Laureus in the inherent belief in the power that sport has in changing lives.
Team principal Doug Ryder said: “To have Sean, Morne, Jonathan, Ryk and the rest of the delegation with us at the Tour de France is a real honour. The Laureus Sport for Foundation is synonymous with the inspirational legacy of President Mandela and we take enormous pride in being ambassadors. To be in a position to not only pay tribute to him in our special way but also give them a unique insight into the sport’s greatest event, is something that we’re really looking forward to do.
“We do not take our responsibility to compete at the highest level lightly and carry hopes and dreams of young cyclists from all over. At the Grand Depart in Brussels it was our privilege to host eight young riders from the Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, and in the process hopefully provide the inspiration for them to one day excel at the highest level.