Having dreamt for many years of one day representing the country at the iconic multi-sport event, the young Hillcrest based athlete is thrilled to have made the cut for the South American spectacle despite having started his Rio qualification specific preparations just eighteen months ago. ?
"I couldn't be happier and I'm extremely proud to be given the opportunity to represent my country in Rio," explains Hatherly. ?
"It has been a lifelong dream to go to the Olympics but this has all happened way quicker than I thought it ever would. ?"I had been focused on trying to qualify for the 2020 Olympics and in fact only realized a year and a half ago that there was even a possibility that I could go to Rio!??
"Since then though, everything - from my planning with my team manager, Shaun Peschl and my coach, John Wakefield, my training, my conditioning, etc. - has been geared towards trying to qualify for and then to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games," adds the Kargo Pro Cycling Team member. ?
Aware of his early emergence onto the Olympic circuit, Hatherly is keen to gain invaluable experience in Rio ahead of potential future Olympic assignments. ?The fast emerging young star is however also eager to ensure he isn't merely a passenger in Rio and instead flies the flag high for South Africa. ?
"Being selected for the Olympics has happened a lot quicker than I thought it ever would for me and potentially being able to go to three Olympics in my career is unbelievable," says Hatherly. ?
"Being so young, the experience of my first Olympics will definitely help me if I'm lucky enough to go to a second and even third Olympics. ?"I am definitely going to Rio to compete as best I can though. Having done all my homework, it seems often a lot of the guys actually come into the Olympics a little overcooked so I definitely think a top 20 is a possibility."??