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Potato researcher Jacquie van der Waals represents South Africa at World Triathlon Championships

Prof Jacquie van der Waals recently represented South Africa in her age group in the sprint triathlon at the World Triathlon Championships, held on 31 August 2019 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

She was one of approximately 45 South Africans who competed in this prestigious event, but the only South African in her age group event.

She completed the sprint triathlon in Lausanne in 1:25, coming 39th out of 75 in her race. She had the second fastest run time in her event, after the first woman.

The route in Lausanne is notoriously known as the most difficult bike route of all the World Triathlon courses.

Jacquie began competing in triathlons at the end of 2017, after being a competitive runner for many years, earning numerous national titles in Cross Country. She enjoys the challenges of three sports, although running remains her passion.

Jacquie would like to acknowledge her sponsors for this event: RealIPM, MBFi, Leppan Farming, Stephan & Seun Potatoes, Patrysvlei Farming and S3 Nutraceuticals.

Immediately after the World Triathlon Championships, Jacquie attended the European Association of Potato Research Pests and Pathogens meeting, and the International Spongospora meeting in Neuchatel, Switzerland, where she gave a total of six presentations.

Prof van der Waals’ research on management of various potato diseases is highly cited and recognised by growers and researchers, both nationally and internationally.

Jacquie can be reached at

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