Jayme-Sue named an All-American

Jayme-Sue Vermaas in action for the Drury University Panthers in the USA. The All-American will be returning home for Christmas and she also hopes to compete in the SA Nationals in Bloemfontein next year. PHOTO: DRURY PANTHERS

The Bloemfontein triathlete, Jayme-Sue Vermaas, has established herself as a force to be reckoned with in USA triathlon.

Vermaas was named as an All-American in the sport, following a stellar season with Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, where she is currently studying a pre-medical degree.

The 23-year-old, who matriculated from C&N Sekondêre Meisieskool Oranje, has long been somewhat of a household name in the sport in Bloemfontein and the Free State, and she has even shone at national level.

Being named as an All-American, albeit second team, is a massive achievement and a fantastic advertisement for Free State Triathlon. In the USA it is a matter of only the very best will achieve this accolade and it is one that they will back-up with the stats.

In some of the race results throughout the season she was the Division2 champion in the Pleasant Prairie Regional Qualifier. She got 4th place in the Division 2, Virginia Regional Qualifier while being crowned the St George Regional Qualifier. At the USA National Championships, she achieved the 13th place.

David Winton, head coach of Women’s Triathlon at Drury Athletics, told Bloemfontein Courant that Vermaas’s hard work and dedication set the standard for their programme moving forward, and this is despite the challenges that come along with being an international student.

“Jayme has been a leader for Drury’s Women’s Triathlon. Her hard work and dedication have set the standard for our programme moving forward.

“Despite the challenges of being an international student during the pandemic, she was able to thrive with multiple regional qualifier wins and an all-American second team award. Congratulations, Jayme!”

Through her consistency throughout the season, Vermaas was named an All-American, while also being selected for the CTCA All Region team.

Vermaas will be returning to South Africa for Christmas later this month and she will head back to the USA when she can, due to South Africa being on the travel red list. If she can’t travel back, she has permission to attend her classes remotely. – MORGAN PIEK