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2015 women’s sports awards Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

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marsha cox SA Hockey Veteran Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

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dumisani msibi goalkeeper for bafana bafana Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: BackpagePix

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sa hockey wins africa hockey champs but it’s “Not enough for Rio” Words: Graeme Jackson | Photos: BackpagePix

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courtnall skosan “Believe in yourself first and then work harder than anyone you know” Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Etienne Burger for Rugby15

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YOUTH Features damian willemse WP Schools Rugby Player of the Year Words: Bertin Basson | Photos: BackpagePix

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tech tigers are becoming a force to be reckoned with Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

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Alan Houston A Great Year for Michaelhouse Canoeing Words: Neil Greig | Photos: Michaelhouse School & Gameplan Media

nollis marais is a ‘Man with a Plan’

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Coach Evangelos Vellios Fresh coaching blood for Ama-Tuks Words: Bertin Basson | Photos: BackpagePix

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david horwitz the role of trust in sport

Ricardo Fitzpatrick Q&A Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

coaching Features Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Johan Rynners, Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd

hayley parker hot to trot for rio 2016 Words: Karien Jonckheere | Photos: Provided

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sporting News athletics: Team SA shines at IPC World Champs

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athletics: Tlotliso ‘Gift ’ Leotlela is one to watch

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canoeing: cana peek and kyeta purchase continue Dusi combination in 2016

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Cricket: theesan naicker is one to watch in maritzburg event

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cricket: tuks defend Red Bull Campus Cricket title

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cricket: david small reaches milestone in maritzburg college’s final match

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rowing: St John’s junior men’s pair school team of the year at 2015 sa sports awards

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soccer: jarred meyer - nedbank helps to earn pro contract

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tenis: Alwande Skosana: “Disability is not inability ”

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waterpolo: matthew hamilton named Best Defender at sacs waterpolo tournament

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cover story: equestrian

Words: Karien Jonckheere | Photos: Provided

A young girl in a doctor’s waiting room would have been completely unaware that she had a hand in inspiring one of South Africa’s soon to-be Olympians. All it took was the sight of the girl in her riding helmet, and Hayley Parker was mesmerised. Parker was only four years old at the time but wouldn’t let the idea go. “I nagged my Mum to go and ask her where she rode, but my Mum, obviously realising that this could open a can of worms, said I could go and ask her when we had finished our appointment,” explained 25-year-old Hayley. “Much to my mum’s surprise, the little girl was still there when we had finished and off I went to get the details. I went for my first lesson the next week.”

spend hours on weekends and after school at the stables.” All those hours soon turned into success in competitions and by the time she was a teenager, she was racking up numerous accolades. “When I was about 15, I won the South African Junior Eventing Championships on my horse, Alzu Alaska. It was very unexpected as I had only ridden him for a few months and I had just progressed from the pony classes onto horses,” explained the talented former St Stithians student, who also made the school’s first team in swimming and athletics.

Hayley’s mother could never have imagined what that chance encounter would lead to, of course, but her daughter showed great promise from a young age. “I was completely hooked from day one. I would beg my parents every morning to take me to the stables instead of school. I used to just love being in the saddle – I would

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HARTPURY INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS 2015

“This winning streak continued for a further two years where Alaska and I won 25 events in a row including the SA Junior titles for three years in succession: 2005, 2006 and 2007. I started to realise that through training and big match temperament, Alaska and I became unbeatable.” “We decided to take it to the next level and in 2006, I became the youngest rider ever in South

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Africa to compete at international level. Once again, the unexpected happened and in my first International competition, I won the event against the senior competitors. I think it was at this point that I knew that I wanted to take my riding to a professional level.”


cover story: equestrian

Words: Karien Jonckheere | Photos: Provided

Hot to Trot for Rio 2016 After completing a BCom Econometrics degree from the University of Pretoria, Hayley recently decided her best chances of major international success meant she would need to be based in the UK, and so she moved over to the UK in February last year. “I moved to have access to top level competition, more shows and the training that the UK has to offer. I train with Captain Mark Phillips, who I would never have access to in South Africa. It was a hard move as I’m very much a home bird but I thrive in this environment,” she explained. Game On Magazine, December: Issue 23, 2015

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Hayley competes in eventing which involves riders and their horses having to excel in three disciplines – dressage, cross-country and show jumping.

Blenheim Horse Trials 2015 CCI3*, Hayley Parker and Pohlands Cuppuchino (RSA)

“I think that eventing is the ultimate test of horse and rider. It requires a combination that excels in all three disciplines. I think that the thrill, speed and precision of cross-country were the main draw for me. In hindsight, I was probably pushed into eventing by my first pony, as she was too wild to be a dressage pony or show pony but loved to jump and go fast.”

Having now mastered all three disciplines, Parker and her horse Cuppuchino achieved her major goal for the year which was to qualify for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio. Despite this, being

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included in Team SA for the Games is not a foregone conclusion. “There are four of us qualified for Rio and only one of us will go, so now it’s a matter of staying on top of my game in the build-up to Rio,” she explained. “We will have four selection events next year where the qualified South African riders will go head to head to claim that ticket to Rio.” In order to stay on top, an intensive training regime is key.


cover story: equestrian

Words: Karien Jonckheere | Photos: Provided

“To be the best, you need to be physically and mentally fit. I ride on average six hours per day, which is followed by training in the gym. I run a couple of times per week to stay aerobically fit but really work on core strength and stamina. I try to have one day off a week where I will still be at the stables but not riding or going to the gym. “ “No amount of training in the world will make you a winner unless your mental game is up to scratch. My brother, Jonathan, is a huge help when it comes to this. We will sit down before and after each event and talk strategy, what I want to achieve, how I can do better, how I can train better etc. He is often at my events and really helps me to stay focused.”

As for what she wants to achieve in Rio, should all the parts of the qualifying puzzle fall into place, Hayley reckons: “2015 has been a very successful year and my performances have gotten better and better at each event. I am aiming for at least a top 10 finish, and truly want to be on that podium.”

Hot to Trot for Rio 2016 Hayley Parker & Pigrela Des Cabanes Ocala CIC April 2013

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Hayley’s horses “I have two horses of my own that were bought for me by my uncle, Bryan Heine.

The first horse is Pigrela Des Cabanes (Piggy), which we bought as a 6 year old from France. I have competed him up to 3* (Olympic level) in eventing. He is very sensitive but is very affectionate. He will eat and drink anything (including beer), and loves attention. I will be campaigning him in the UK next year in Eventing and Show Jumping and hopefully he will be qualified as a back-up to my other horse for Rio.

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cover story: equestrian

Words: Karien Jonckheere | Photos: Provided

My second horse is Pohlands Cuppuchino (Cuppi). Cuppi is a South Africanbred horse that Bryan bought for me in 2013. I competed with him for a year in South Africa before he made the journey to the UK. He is completely different to Piggy; he likes his own space and likes to be the boss. He is exceptionally competitive and certainly rules the roost at the yard. Cuppi and I have recently qualified for the highest level of our sport (4*) and are aiming at Rio next year. The bond between horse and rider is something that makes the equestrian sport unique. One cannot just put a horse in the cupboard once you are finished riding like a hockey stick or soccer ball; they completely depend on you on for their day to day wellbeing.

I think that I learn more about my horses by just being with them than

when I am riding them. Eventing is a dangerous sport; you and your horse go at high speeds and jump over fences that don’t fall. Having a bond with my horses and trusting them completely means that we can compete at our very best.�

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Ricardo Fitzpatrick Q & A

Ricardo Fitzpatrick

Full name: Ricardo Roberto Fitzpatrick Date of Birth: 30 November 1980 Place of Birth: Kimberley, South Africa High school attended: Elizabeth Conradie School for the Physically Disabled Tertiary education: Diploma in A+, N+, Server +, Office Administration (Damelin)

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Main Feature: powerlifting

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

Strength sports are a mental test of endurance and a physical test of pushing hundreds of kilograms in weight. The sport is tough for able-bodied athletes but Ricardo Fitzpatrick, an amputee, is showing South Africans that a disability is just a mindset. Game On Magazine caught up with the powerlifter to find out exactly what it is he does.

GOM: What is powerlifting? RF: Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximum weight on three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift. Powerlifting evolved from a sport known as “odd lifts�, which followed the same threeattempt format but used a wider variety of events, akin to strongman competitions. Eventually odd lifts became standardized to the current three.

Powerlifting for able bodied athletes is a World Games sport but for the disabled it is a Paralympic sport, with the benchpress being the only discipline at the Paralympics.

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Ricardo Fitzpatrick Q & A

Ricardo Fitzpatrick GOM: How did you get involved in powerlifting? RF: I was introduced to powerlifting while I was at Elizabeth Conradie School for the Physically Disabled. Initially I wanted to do bodybuilding but my coach Jan Flemming suggested that I try out powerlifting.

I’ve participated in many sports including swimming, table tennis and wheelchair basketball but it is powerlifting where I’ve made a name for myself, both nationally and internationally.

Ricardo Fitzpatrick (RSA) 1.attempt 180 kg - World Benchpress Championships 2013 men’s -83 kg

GOM: In what way are you disabled? RF: There were complications during my birth that led to my left leg getting gangrene. They had to amputate and told my parents that my chance of survival was very small. I made a full recovery and although I’ve always been aware of my disability I’ve never allowed it to affect me.

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GOM: Who do you look up to in powerlifting? RF: Arnold Schwarzenegger. He did not powerlift competitively but his career as a sportsman, politician and actor speaks volumes and I have the highest respect for him. I also look up to 8 time World Champion Daiki Komodo who is the undisputed champion in the 74kg division.


Main Feature: powerlifting

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

GOM: Who has been your support base? RF: I would say my family, friends, my girlfriend and my daughter Alanis. GOM: What does your training programme entail? RF: I won’t elaborate on my whole training as I don’t want to give away my secret training tips. I basically do a lot of upperbody strength training. In Paralympic Powerlifting, all lifters get strapped to the bench which means you have to rely solely on your upperbody strength to lift the weights. GOM: Do you follow a specific eating plan? RF: I eat five times a day, for strength training you have to carbo load during the course of the day to be able the maintain strength in the gym during

training. I use supplements for training and recovery purposes. GOM: How do you prepare for competitions? RF: I follow a long peak programme months before a meet. I change to a quick peak programme four or five weeks prior to the meet in order to achieve my best lifts. GOM: Are you sponsored, if so by whom? Do you have a day job? RF: I am not sponsored. Powerlifting in South Africa is still an amateur sport so that means I have to pay my own way in terms of preparing for competitions, expenses and training requirements. I am currently employed as a Network Engineer at the Office of the Premier in the Northern Cape.

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Ricardo Fitzpatrick Q & A

GOM: What are your highlights and lowlights of powerlifting? RF: I have broken South African records in four different weight categories. I competed at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and was awarded “Northern Cape Sportsman of the Year with a Disability 2015”. In 2014 I was disqualified from the IPC Powerlifting Championships in Dubai due to a technicality which saw me lose my place in the SA team. GOM: What are your future goals in life and powerlifting? RF: I would like to qualify for the Rio Paralympics next year. I’m competing in the last three qualifying events in early 2016 where I’d like to break into the Top 8 on the IPC rankings and qualify for my first Paralympics. GOM: What is the worst injury you have suffered? RF: I injured my rotator cuff in 2007 and it took a year to recover. This the most common type of injury suffered by powerlifters. GOM: What would you say to aspiring powerlifters?

RF: Always aim to better yourself whether it be in the gym or during competitions. Compete against yourself to truly measure yourself. GOM: Your thoughts on the use of enhancing drugs? RF: It is a personal choice but athletes need to know that there are extreme

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circumstances if they test positive. To win without performance enhancing drugs is such a great feeling. GOM: What are the dangers of powerlifting especially for younger athletes and how can they avoid the traps? RF: Powerlifting can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. Young athletes should educate themselves and train with an experienced powerlifter. Always use the same programme until you test yourself then adjust to your new personal best.

Just for fun.. GOM: If you could invite three celebrities to dinner, who would they be? RF: I can only think of two. Arnorld Schwarzenegger and Carmel Fisher. GOM: What do you like to do in your spare time? RF: I like to relax and spend time with my family as I have a hectic schedule with my training and work. GOM: What is your favourite quote?

RF: When you are good at something you love. Work on it, perfect it and turn it into something great.


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Acknowledging South Africa’s Women Sports Stars 2015

Acknowledging South Africa’s Women Sports Stars 2015 South Africa has an abundance of talented sports men and women but women are often left out of the limelight. Game On Magazine would like to congratulate the women who were awarded for their services in sport at the recent South African Sports Awards and the gsport Awards, both of which were held in November. This year marked the 10th installment of the gsport Awards which were started to acknowledge the efforts of South African female athletes in a country where their male counterparts are placed on a pedestal.

SOUTH AFRICAN SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD: ASHLEIGH MOOLMANPASIO

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Main Feature: sports awards

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

Cyclist Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio walked away with the South African Sportswoman of the Year award at a glittering event in Bloemfontein. Ashleigh used her Twitter account to publicly thank the nation for her award and said, “Honoured to win the Sportswoman of the Year award. Couldn’t have asked for [a] more special ending to what has been a huge year of growth. Thank you to everyone who supports me along my journey.” SASA15 Winner Sportswoman of the Year Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio

Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio on the 2015 SA sports awards nomination

Professional Cyclist Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio speaks on the African Cycling Road Championships

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SOUTH AFRICAN SPORTSWOMAN WITH A DISABILITY AWARD: ILSE HAYES Paralympic sprinter Illse Hayes was recognised as the South African Sportswoman with a Disability award. Illse received the same award at the gsport Awards. Sport @ 10 interviews Paralympic gold medalist Ilse Hayes

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Main Feature: sports awards

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

JUNIOR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD: Gezelle Magerman Hurdles runner, Gezelle Magerman, received the Junior Athlete of the Year Award.

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Acknowledging South Africa’s Women Sports Stars 2015

SPAR gsport ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD: Caroline Wöstmann Caroline Wöstmann, who became only the fourth athlete to win the Two Oceans Marathon and the Comrades Marathon in the same year, was honoured as the SPAR gsport Athlete of the Year. Afternoon Express | Kass Naidoo Caroline Wöstmann | FULL EPISODE 26 8 June 2015

Caroline Wöstmann on gsport awards nomination

PARALYMPIAN SWIMMER NATALIE DU TOIT WAS INDUCTED TO THE gsport HALL OF FAME Sports 29 - Natalie Du Toit

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Main Feature: sports awards

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD: marsha cox Now retired hockey ace, Marsha Cox, received a special recognition award.

Read our story on marsha on page 24 of this magazine

Congratulations

spar 2015 gsport awards

to all the women who won awards, and to those that missed out this year; carry on flying the South African flag high.

More 2015 SPAR gsport Awards Winners: Volunteer of the Year Londiwe Hlatswayo

gsport Woman in Media Award (Print) Natalie le Clue

Supporter of the Year Mama Joy Chauke

gsport Woman in Media Award (Social Media) Reabetswe Mashigo

gsport Special Recognition Award Fran Hilton-Smith

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gsport Woman in Media Award (Radio) Cindy Poluta gsport Woman in Media Award (Television) Ronnie Tippett

gsport Special Recognition Award Cynthia Tshaka

gsport Woman of the Year Patricia Kamberami

gsport Style Star Award Nomzamo Mbatha

gsport Coach of the Year Mampho Tsotetsi

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MARSHA COX SA HOCKEY VETERAN

Northlands Girls’ High School

SA Hockey

Veteran Full name: Marsha Cox Date of Birth: 13 January 1983 Place of Birth: Durban, SA High school attended: Northlands Girls High School Tertiary education: University of KwaZulu-Natal and University of Johannesburg Position: Midfielder

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Main Feature: hockey

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

Sponsors: Kookaburra, Clere Active and Nike

KZN U/21, SA U/18 & U/21 (1999-2000); KZN U/21 & A, SA U/21 & A Teams represented: (2001); KZN, SA (2001-2004); KZN U/14, SA U/16 (1996); Southern Gauteng, SA (2005KZN U/18, SA U/16 (1997); KZN U/18 & U/21, SA U/21 (1998); 2014) Meet Marsha Cox from Team South Africa Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

Marsha Cox retired earlier this year after playing more than 300 first class matches for South Africa. The 14 year hockey veteran has made the Netherlands her home and although she is no longer an international player her love affair with hockey is not over just yet.

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MARSHA COX SA HOCKEY VETERAN

SA Hockey

Veteran GOM: You recently called time on your international career, why did you choose to do so? MC: It has been an exciting career filled with highs and lows, but after 14 years of great memories and experiences I wanted to and needed to focus on my other goals. Earning no money while playing hockey leaves you at less of a starting point later in life. GOM: How did you get involved in hockey? MC: My Mom played at a high level (SA SACOS team and KwaZulu-Natal) so I guess it is in the genes. GOM: Why did you move to the Netherlands? MC: I lost a second job because of having to choose between hockey and work. Businesses are not as supportive of athletes’ careers as one would think. I decided that playing in Europe was the best option for me. It meant I could focus on quality training and performance. GOM: Do you have plans to continue playing club hockey or go into coaching? MC: I’m the manager of my former team Hoofdklasse Dames. I’m enjoying my new role and sharing my experiences with the younger players. GOM: You played more than 300 matches for South Africa, what were some of your highlights and lowlights? MC: There are just too many highlights. The lowlights would be finishing fourth at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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GOM: Did you receive remuneration for playing hockey or did you have to have a ‘day job’? MC: I wish! Having a day job was the only way to survive which is quite sad when you have to combine it with training twice a day everyday. GOM: Hockey in South Africa is considered a small sport, what needs to change in order for our national teams to achieve on a consistent basis? MC: Hockey is actually a big sport if you look at the number of players at school, university and club level. We need a semi or fully professional league. We do really well against the top hockey nations but the reality is that we are the only top nation that doesn’t have a centralised national programme.


Main Feature: hockey

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

Marsha Cox on “I am South African”

GOM: Hockey in South Africa has at times struggled to get sponsorship, why do you think this is so? MC: This is a very complex question. I think sports, as a whole, in South Africa struggle to get sponsorship so I guess we have to ask corporations why they are not interested. GOM: Who has been your support base? MC: My family. GOM: Who has been your biggest influence in your hockey career and why? MC: My Mum, through her experiences I learned to appreciate the small blessings and just pure love for the game! And also respect for the game and the people on and off the field. GOM: What has been your most memorable moment in hockey and why? MC: Athens Olympics. My first Olympic experience will always be so special and we were the only team to beat the gold medalists Germany (in a pool game).

GOM: Did you utilise a specific dietary plan to optimise your performance and recovery? MC: Yes, although over the years it changed here and there but a well-balanced diet is key! GOM:What was your worst hockey injury, and how long did it take you to recover? MC: My ankle injury in 2012 that took three months to fully recover. Luckily I could still walk and run but it took three months to be able to do so pain free. GOM: Has playing a team sport like hockey supported you in how you deal with life’s little setbacks? If so, in what way? MC: It certainly has taught me many life lessons, such as how to cope with disappointments and accepting that I can always give more. Learning that there’s a difference between being a national athlete and being an international athlete. Discipline, time management, learning about people and how to work with different personalities, what is important and not so important in order to get team cohesion, just to name a few. GOM: Any words of encouragement for aspiring young athletes? MC: It’s not going to be easy but if you want it with all your heart don’t stop working at it! GOM: Who would you rate as the top male and top female hockey players in the world and why? MC: Luciana Aymar because she is the best player in the world, although she also recently retired.

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Dumisani Msibi goalkeeper for bafana bafana

Goalkeeper for Bafana Bafana Dumisani Msibi, the 20 year old Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, started playing soccer with his friends in and around his home town of Piet Retief. The idea of playing professional football only hit him when he was 12 but the young soccer player could never imagine just how quickly he would rise to the top.

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Main Feature: soccer

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: BackpagePix

Dumisani was one of several players to be selected from the School of Excellence trials in 2009. The Amajita star did not play in the junior structures for long and was already playing in the SAB League (National 3rd Division) at the age of 14 and signed for PSL giants Super Sport United at the beginning of his final year at Holy Trinity High School in Pretoria.

“As a young boy I never thought I would play professionally. It was just a hobby. I realised after making the School of Excellence that soccer could take me far in life,” said Dumisani.

“Super Sport United went around the country scouting players at the end of my Grade 10 year. I attended a week long training programme before playing in the Phumelela tournament where I was named goalkeeper of the tournament. This was the final sign that my future was in soccer.” He had the arduous task of studying and playing soccer but he was surrounded by a strong support base which included his mother. “I’m not going to lie. It was extremely difficult to study, train and play. My studies were my number one priority and Super Sport United respected that. My heart felt thanks goes out to United as although they knew that I had to study they still offered me a first team contract. They have backed me since day one and I’m grateful for that,” explained Dumisani.

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Dumisani Msibi goalkeeper for bafana bafana

“My biggest support has always come from my mother. I love my mom and I thank my mom for everything. She never deprived me of opportunities. I left home at an early age to follow my dream and my mom has always supported me.” Dumisani looks up to incumbent Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune. It is Itumeleng’s never say die attitude and his playing ability that inspires Dumisani to go out and be the best he can possibly be. He made his debut for South Africa last year against Ivory Coast and feels honoured that head coach Shakes Mashaba gave him the opportunity.

“It was a huge honour to make my debut off the bench against Ivory Coast. Playing against a team like Ivory Coast, one of the best teams in the world, reveals your own ability. I worked hard to get where I am in terms of my soccer and making Bafana Bafana was sign to me that my hard work paid off. Thanks must be said to Coach Mashaba who saw my potential and took a gamble with me considering my age.”

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Education is important to Dumisani and he would like to study electrical engineering but time constraints prevent him to do at this stage of his career. He has ambitions to play overseas but his near future is in South Africa as he attempts to establish himself in South African soccer.


Main Feature: soccer

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: BackpagePix

“If the opportunity to play overseas presents itself then I would love to play for an overseas club. Right now I’m focused on giving my all for Super Sport United and South Africa.” Dumisani is still very young and has a great deal to learn

about life and soccer. His ability has caught the eye of the national coach and if he can continue to impress at the highest level then the stars are well within his reach. His desire to be the best has set him down the road of glory and if he can keep on it then the his hero, Itumeleng Khune, has his work cut out for him.

Goalkeeper for

Bafana Bafana

FAST FACTS Full name: Dumisani Msibi Date of Birth: 1 May 1995 Place of Birth: Piet Retief, South Africa High school attended: Holy Trinity High School Position: Goalkeeper Teams represented: School of Excellence, U17 Mpumalanga, Secunda United, Super Sport United, South Africa Under-20, South Africa

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SA Hockey wins Africa Hockey Champs but it’s “Not enough for Rio”

SA Hockey wins Africa Hockey Champs but it’s “Not enough for Rio”

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HOCKEY


Main Feature: Hockey

Words: Graeme Jackson | Photos: BackpagePix

South Africa’s men’s and women’s national hockey teams both did the country proud by winning the Greenfields Africa Hockey Championship titles in October/November. But even this fine achievement was not enough to see them qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Game On Magazine, December: Issue 23, 2015

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SA national men’s and women’s hockey team win the Greenfields African Hockey Championship

The Greenfields African Hockey Championship was held in Johannesburg at the Randburg Hockey Stadium recently, and the South African men’s team defeated arch rivals Egypt 4-2 in a thrilling final which was full of controversy and drama. Umpires Eduardo Lizana of Spain and Aziz Adimah of Ghana had their hands full trying to control the players, with many sin-bin offences committed in the heated battle. In the end, a hat-trick from Matt Guise-Brown and the final goal from Lloyd Norris-Jones took South Africa to victory, with Egypt’s goal coming via the sticks of Houssam Ghobran and Ahmed Elnaggar. The hosts were also indebted to excellent performances from ‘keeper Rassie Pieterse, Jethro Eustice – who celebrated his birthday on the day – and striker Natius Malgraff in what was his 50th Test match. En-route to the final, South Africa produced some score lines that would have been more fitting for rugby: 16-0 against Zimbabwe, 30-0 over Botswana and 11-0 against

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Namibia, before having a tougher challenge against Kenya in the semifinal, when goals from Norris-Jones and JP de Voux secured a narrow 2-1 win. On the women’s side, South Africa were able to defeat Ghana 3-0 in the last match of the round-robin format that made up their tournament, ensuring that they finished top of the standings and claimed a sixth successive African crown.

SA Hockey wins Africa Hockey Champs but it’s “Not enough

for Rio”


Main Feature: Hockey

Words: Graeme Jackson | Photos: BackpagePix

Jade Mayne, Dirkie Chamberlain (playing in her 200th Test match) and Lilian du Plessis scored the goals for South Africa’s women’s team, who bid farewell to the pair of Taryn Bright and Illse Davids, who announced their retirement after 285 and 157 Test matches respectively. Du Plessis (18 goals) and GuiseBrown (16 goals) were the top scorers in the women’s and men’s sections, while Kenya beat Ghana 4-3 to claim bronze in the men’s tournament, and Kenya’s women’s side also won the bronze medals in the ladies section despite losing 3-1 to Nigeria in their last match.

Yet while South Africa’s teams were able to celebrate success in the Africa Hockey Championship, any thought

that this achievement would secure them a place at the Olympic Games in Rio next year was quickly dispelled by SASCOC (South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee). The men’s and women’s teams expressed their unhappiness at winning the continental tournaments not being enough to win a place at Rio 2016, but the South African Hockey Association (SAHA) agreed to SASCOC’s criteria that qualification via the Africa Hockey Championship was not adequate, signing the contract earlier this year.

You can see the contract here Note that SASCOC president Gideon Sam signed with an incorrect date (07/07/2016), though this presumably does not affect the status of the agreement.

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“We commend the SA men’s and women’s teams participating in the African Championships being held in Johannesburg, giving their best and competing for world ranking points,” said SASCOC CEO Tubby Reddy. “However, the SASCOC Board firmly believes that the qualification criteria, which have been agreed between the international sporting federations and the International Olympic Committee and based on World Olympic Qualification, is in line with SASCOC’s

policy of producing world class athletes who will compete at the highest levels.” Essentially, even though the International Olympic Committee – the organisers of the Games – has a qualification berth assigned to the men’s and women’s African champions for field hockey in 2016, South Africa needed to earn their places via the FIH World League.

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This they were unable to do: the men’s side lost to Egypt in a penalty shootout in the bronze medal match of the FIH World League Round 2 in Cape Town in March (a top three finish would have put them through to the next round), while the women’s team could only finish seventh in their semifinals tournament in Valencia, Spain, in June. As things stand, there will be no African representative in Rio for the field hockey tournaments. New Zealand, as the highest-ranked team from the 2014-15 Hockey World League Semifinals not already qualified, will take the South African men’s place, while the women’s berth will fall to Spain for the same reason.

There has been an outpouring for support from the hockey community in November in response to the announcement that SA Hockey would not be represented at the Rio 2016 Olympics and have even created a petition on Change.org.

help SEND THE SA HOCKEY TEAMS TO RIO - sign the petition here

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Courtnall Skosan “Believe in yourself first....”

“Believe in yourself first and then work harder than anyone you know”

Brackenfell High School

University of Pretoria

Full name: Courtnall Douglas Skosan Date of Birth: 24 July 1991 Place of Birth: Cape Town, South Africa High school attended: Brackenfell High School Tertiary education: BCom Informatics (UNISA) Position: Wing

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Main Feature: rugby

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Etienne Burger for Rugby15

Teams represented: Durbell Under-20; Samurai Barracudas (7s); UP-Tuks; Blue Bulls - Under-19, Under-21,

Vodacom Cup, 7s; Golden Lions - Vodacom Cup, Currie Cup; Lions - Super Rugby

Courtnall Skosan moved to Pretoria after finishing school at Brackenfell High to pursue his dream of playing professional rugby for one of the most successful rugby teams in the world. The frighteningly quick wing made his mark at junior level for the Blue Bulls and UP-Tuks in the Varsity Cup but his career stagnated at Loftus Versfeld and so he opted to swop the light blue jersey of the Blue Bulls for the red and white of the Golden Lions. “Moving to the Bulls after school was where my opportunity to play rugby was at the time. I enjoyed my time at Loftus and I learnt a lot. What attracted me to the Golden Lions was their playing style which suited me, and their sense of family. When I joined I felt like part of the family, like I was part of something bigger than just rugby. I prayed and asked God to show me the way forward as I have always done. God directs my footsteps and I follow,” explained the 24 year old Courtnall. Courtnall, a former Junior Springbok, recently help the Golden Lions to their first Currie Cup win since 2011 and feels that his successful junior career, where he won the Varsity Cup and Under-21 competitions twice, set the tone for his first senior competition win.

“The Varsity Cup is an amazing tournament. It opens doors for players, like me, who did not have a contract at a union and was looking for a big break. It definitely creates a platform for young student athletes to enjoy doing what they love while they are studying.”

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Courtnall Skosan “Believe in yourself first....”

The Lions threw Courtnall in the deep end after a just few Vodacom Cup matches when he made his Super Rugby debut against the Blues in 2014. Instead of stuggling he adapted quickly to become a potent try scorer for his new team. Courtnall puts his rapid integration into the world’s toughest competition down to his experienced gained as a Junior Springbok in 2011. “I’m a fast learner so I adapted to Super Rugby pretty quickly. I struggled with my conditioning at first which is important considering I play against much bigger players than myself week in and week out. Guys like Waisake Naholo [New Zealand and Highlanders wing] who I rate as the toughest opponent I’ve played against.”

“Playing junior international rugby definitely played a big role in my development and ability to adapt to Super Rugby. Playing against the best junior players in the world motivated me to work harder so I could be a better player.” Courtnall looks up to former junior players who have gone onto achieve great things like Bryan Habana, Breyton Paulse and Ashwin Willemse as well as comedian Trevor Noah. He wants to emulate his heroes by leaving a lasting impression that inspires people to reach their potential. “They are building a legacy and that is why I believe we are here. To outlive our lives and make a difference in others,” said the parttime model.

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Courtnall is a self-made athlete who leaves all glory to God and is grateful for all the support he has received over years. Courtnall and his fiancée Semone will exchange vows later this year and without her support Courtnall is adamant that his journey would have been more arduous. “God sent me the perfect companion and I’m so excited to start this new journey. She has always been by my side, shouting from the sidelines and attends every match possible. Semone is my number one fan,” said Courtnall.

The most striking characteristic about Courtnall, apart from his impressive dreadlocks, is how incredibly grounded he is as an athlete and as a man. His impeccable humility and rugby pedigree coupled with his tenacious sense of purpose are the hallmarks of a man whose achievements will not only be on the domestic rugby scene but on a much, much grander scale. Patience and consistent performances will see Courtnall realising this sooner rather than later.


Main Feature: rugby

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Etienne Burger for Rugby15

Courtnall’s message to aspiring young athletes: Believe in yourself first and then work harder than anyone you know. Make the necessary sacrifices to be the best that you can possibly be. No matter what obstacles come across your path, keep your eyes fixed on the creator. He will lead you and with Him nothing is impossible. And most importantly, don’t listen to every voice. Some voices are just there to discourage you.

Be positive and surround yourself with positive people. follow Courtnall on social media

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Damian Willemse WP Schools Rugby Player of the Year

Damian

Willemse

Paul Roos Gymnasium

WP Schools Rugby Player of the Year In this edition of Game On we speak to Paul Roos Gymnasium star Damian Willemse, who is aiming to follow in the footsteps of Francois Hougaard, Andries Bekker and Schalk Brits in playing for the Springboks. Paul Roos Gymnasium ended the year as the second best school rugby team in the country, with three players included in the SA Schools squad. The same three players - Joshua Vermeulen, Nico Leonard and Damian Willemse - capped a fruitful rugby year for the school, with the trio also involved in the successful Under-18 CocaCola Craven Week in Stellenbosch for Western Province, who beat Eastern Cape 95-0 in the final.

Pivotal to the success of both the school and province was Damian. The Paul Roos fly-half was rewarded for his outstanding year by being named WP Schools Rugby Player of the Year at the annual awards evening in October.

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Youth Feature: rugby

Words: Bertin Basson | Photos: BackpagePix

Hein Kriek, who coached both Paul Roos and the SA Schools teams this year, is full of praise for the 17-year-old and believes he has all the credentials to succeed in any environment. “Damian is a very talented flyhalf and rugby player with a bright future. He is determined and works hard to achieve his goals. With a devastating side step and good distribution skills, with a kicking game to match, he is turning into the ideal fly-half for any team,” said Kriek.

WP Schools Player of the Year accolade. “To be honest it [the award] does put a lot of pressure on me for next year, all eyes will be on me and a lot will be expected of me, both from the school and the province. It will be a difficult task, but I will take it as it comes - it is all about ticking the boxes. I have achieved my goals this season and I’m heading in the right direction.”

The Strand-born number 10 attended Somerset West Methodist Primary School before making the switch to Paul Roos, where he excelled in several sports. “I started playing rugby at the age of five, from when I can remember I’ve been playing rugby,” said Damian. “I played first team cricket last year, I also do high jump, but this year I’ve focused on rugby.”

Willemse

Damian

WP Schools Rugby Player of the Year

With 12 tries in 18 games, Damian had a huge impact not only as the creative force, but also finishing off attacking movements, and being in Grade 11, much will be expected from him to lead the school to further success next year, as Paul Roos celebrate 150 years of existence.

“It is a great honour, it is a massive award and I felt really excited and I’m truly blessed,” Damian said on scooping the

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Damian Willemse WP Schools Rugby Player of the Year

“The success I achieved this year is motivation to work harder, I can’t afford to be laid back, people will be gunning for me next year and expecting more from me so I will have to up my game. Being in Grade 11, I already know the setup heading into next year and I’m positive - I can only build on this year’s success.” In the modern game, adapting to your surroundings is key and no one is more aware of the challenges than Damian.

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Youth Feature: rugby

Words: Bertin Basson | Photos: BackpagePix

“I really enjoy watching Bernard Foley (Australia and Waratahs) as well as Owen Farrell (England and Saracens), I wouldn’t define myself as a particular fly-half, but rather I adapt to the situation. I don’t go out there with a particular mindset, to attack, I would say I have a bit of everything.” Damian is a determined and driven young man who not only sees himself succeeding on the pitch, but also off it - ideally in the business world. “After school I want to go and study, my goal is to live a balanced life. I am eager to get something behind my name and ideally venture into the business world,” he continued. “I want to own my own business, rugby of course will play a big part and has played a massive part this year. I’ve really had to work hard to balance school and sport. I’m really focused on living a balanced life, rugby, business and a happy family.” “I would enjoy playing overseas, I would love that, but it is not a priority. I will go if it is the right move for me, but I would prefer to stay in the Western Cape, play Currie Cup and Super Rugby for the union for the WP and Stormers and of course play

for the Springboks one day. Playing a test match for the Springboks on Newlands is a big dream of mine.”

Coach Kriek has since accepted an offer from the Pumas Rugby-union following three successful years in Stellenbosch and Damian is thankful for his contribution and the school’s input to molding him into a well-rounded teenager. “I really have to thank my coaches, they helped me a lot in developing me as a player, they gave me the freedom to go out there and play. The school has developed me not only as a sportsman, but also as a gentleman.”

Damian

Willemse WP Schools Rugby Player of the Year

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tech tigers are becoming a force to be reckoned with

tech Tigers

Pretoria Technical High School

are becoming a force to be reckoned with Pretoria Technical High School, a grubber kick away from Loftus Versfeld, made history in 2015 as they qualified to host the Beeld Trophy Middle Schools final for the first time in their 105 years of existence. The PTHS 1st XV, affectionately known as the Tech Tigers, ended the regular season unbeaten but fell short in the final where they were beaten by Hoërskool President 17-10. The notion to resurrect PTHS as a rugby powerhouse began in 2013 when the Blue Bulls Rugby Union, the amateur arm of the Blue Bulls Company, ‘adopted’ PTHS as a focus school. Cluster manager, Adriaan Scheepers, was the man who identified PTHS as a school that needed assistance in terms of developing their rugby structures with transformation a key driving force of the focus schools programme. “Our aim is to achieve the transformation quota set out by SARU which needs to be realised by 2019. The quota requires unions to field teams that are 50% black with 60% of that being indigenous African players,” explained Adriaan. “We decided to move away from the shot gun approach and really focus on a small group of predominantly black schools. This year we had 12 schools in our programme. PTHS was selected as a core school because they already had a rugby culture in place.

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We decided to start with schools that have something to work with. SAIL funds the programme while the BBRU assists with training of coaches and players, capacity building, marketing the game and attracting more players” he added. Francois van Tonder, BBRU Inner City Development Coordinator, was selected to head up the programme and took over as head coach in 2014. Francois is proud of his boys and is thankful for the assistance provided by the BBRU. “We are well on the way in becoming a force to be reckoned with. We have already become too strong for our Beeld classification and we achieved this with just 70 boys [out of 900] so it goes without saying that I’m proud of the guys,” said Francois. “The BBRU has given PTHS unbelievable support from the beginning. From the training and conditioning programmes they provide the players to assisting with gear for the guys who cannot afford the correct equipment such as boots. They have really upheld their side of the programme and I believe that this is a huge factor in the rapid growth of the school’s rugby development,” he added.


youth Feature: rugby

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

Francois’ initial objective was to improve the rugby culture at PTHS but it has since changed to grooming the boys into quality rugby players. “My biggest challenge was convincing the parents that rugby offers more opportunities for young black players to make it in the sport. Soccer is just too saturated in the black community.” “Another setback I encountered when I started coaching at PTHS was building up the players self esteem especially when playing against predominantly white schools. Inexperienced young black players are naturally scared of white players because they are more skilled and usually much

bigger in size. I’m starting to see a shift in my players self belief but we still have a bit more to do to get them into the right mindset.” Transformation has been a thorn in SARU’s side for many years. The national union has come under serious fire about the dragging of their feet in establishing the necessary structures that are needed to produce more talented black rugby players. These players must then be afforded a fair opportunity to showcase their talent. Adriaan and Francois explain that there are many factors involved which the BBRU are trying to rectify. “The BBRU conducts extensive development programmes in the townships but we have noticed that we are not getting a lot of talent. Not because there is no talent but because there are

PTHS Tech Tigers 2014/15 results 2014 Played: 11 Won: 8; Lost: 3 Points: PTHS 480; Opposition 98 Tries: PTHS 70; Opposition 20

2015 Played: 16 Won: 15; Lost: 1 Points: PTHS 624; Opposition 132 Tries: PTHS 105; Opposition 21

no structures in place. It is much harder to identify talent if there are no structures in place. The involvement in the townships is just not there and we don’t have the finances or the human resources to run ten school rugby programmes in the townships,” said Adriaan. “Transport is a huge issue. The kids cannot get to practice or games so we are always trying to get transport which is not always possible. Feeding the guys is also a problem. Many of my players only have one meal a day and that meal is usually not nutritionally beneficial, which is a problem considering rugby is a contact sport. Many of the players are not as strong physically because of their diet so we have to deal with all these types of socio-economic issues with our limited budget,” said Francois. The BBRU is laying down a blueprint for other unions to follow with their focus schools programme and if given the correct resources and sufficient time the programme should start to produce exceptional black talent from the greater Pretoria community. The question remains if this is a sustainable project with the correct intention or a flash in the pan to appease the various stakeholders in terms of reaching the transformation quota.

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Alan Houston A Great Year for Michaelhouse Canoeing MICHAELHOUSE EXPLORE. EDUCATE.EXCEL.

alan houston

MICHAELHOUSE EXPLORE. EDUCATE.EXCEL.

A Great Year for Michaelhouse Canoeing The year 2015 has brought about much joy at Michaelhouse as the KZN school’s Canoe Club has enjoyed a memorable period of success. What a year it has been for the Michaelhouse Canoe Club who ended a nineyear winning streak of traditional KZN canoeing powerhouse Maritzburg College in the 2015 KZN Inter-Schools Canoeing League. This competition is run over the course of the year with schools accumulating points at various inter-schools events and the team trophy is determined by the results of the top four paddlers from each school and Michaelhouse’s Alan Houston led the charge for the year and was announced as the Senior Boy’s Victor Ludorum for 2015. GAME ON spoke to Alan Houston about his achievements in 2015.

Alan (front) and Andrew Houston used the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon as part of their preparations for the upcoming Dusi season Photo by gameplan media

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youth Feature: canoeing

Words: Neil Greig | Photos: Michaelhouse & Gameplan Media

“Over the years I have been privileged to watch the Michaelhouse canoe club grow in numbers and produce some of the best paddlers who all share my passion in the sport,” Alan says. “With the support of the club I have managed to achieve goals I never thought possible. Under 18 wins at the 50 miler canoe marathon, KZN k1 School River champs, Dusi Canoe Marathon and SA K2 Breede Canoe Marathon. “Although I am still in the U18 category I have partnered up with my older brother Andrew (Houston), and raced in the U23 age group where we achieved first place at the Breede Canoe Marathon as well as second place at the SA k2 Fish River Canoe Marathon.

Hansa Fish Canoe Marathon 2015

engaging with the wonderful places in this beautiful country that canoeing takes paddlers to. In his own words, ‘The main reason I paddle is because I love being on the river’.” It is clear by that comment that Alan really loves the sport and has a passion for canoeing. Let him explain how he fell in love with the sport. “The first time I ever got into a boat was at the tender age of 14 years at the Michaelhouse dam. I chose to take up paddling at Michaelhouse because I wasn’t a fan of standing on the hot cricket fields in the summer sun,” Alan says. “My brother Andrew started paddling at Michaelhouse at a similar age because he also shared my view. And Andrew played a big part in my decision to take on paddling as I wanted to follow in his footsteps and use the opportunities given to me. I am fortunate enough to be part of such an amazing school that has offered so much and provided me with their time and enthusiasm.” Alan Houston with the Stuart Maclaren Trophy for Best Senior Canoeist & the KZN Schools Canoeing K1 Boys River Championship Trophy

“Being able to be a part of these events is an honour and privilege I don’t take for granted. I will most definitely continue my paddling career after school as I head to Stellenbosch (to study) next year and hope to achieve a lot more in the near future. I next set my sites on the upcoming Dusi Canoe Marathon partnering with my big brother Andrew Houston.” Michaelhouse’s MIC Canoeing, Richard Snowden, sheds some light on Alan from a personal level while explaining his achievements. “On a personal level I have been involved with Alan over the past four years and have found him to be a wonderful ambassador for the sport. He is dedicated to his training, humble in his achievements and quick to pass on whatever knowledge he feels may help his fellow paddlers,” Richard explains to GAME ON. “In my opinion he paddles for all the right reasons: he does it not for the accolades or podiums or medals, but rather for a love of pushing his body to the limits and

Photo by michaelhouse school

AT A GLANCE Alan Houston’s achievements in 2015 •

Alan dominated the U18 age group throughout the year. He was first (U18) and 12th overall at the 50 Miler. For more on the 50 Miler click here

Alan won the U18 division at the Dusi Canoe Marathon and achieved 16th position overall.

Alan paddled with his older brother, Andrew Houston, at this year’s Fish Canoe Marathon. This took him out of the U18 age group and the brothers managed a most impressive second place (U23 category) and an impressive 7th place overall.

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Nollis Marais is a ‘Man with a Plan’

Nollis Marais is a ‘Man with a Plan’ There is an old adage that goes “do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life” but more often than not, people are not afforded the opportunity to do so because the things they love just don’t pay enough.

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Nollis Marais was a successful logistics manager for Lear [manufacturers of BMW’s vehicle seats] but decided to give up the security of a comfortable salary to pursue his dream of becoming a professional rugby coach. He believes that a little luck, the support of loved ones and having a tough skin have helped him to get where he is today. “It was a difficult decision to make. I struggled to juggle the two but it got too much so I decided to bite the bullet and take a chance. It was tough in the beginning. I took a second mortgage on my house and we were lucky to have my wife’s salary to fall back on [and her unwavering support].


Coach focus: rugby

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Johan Rynners, Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd

I got several calls from my former employer to return which made it harder in the beginning,” explained Nollis.

won two. His second Varsity Cup title was achieved with a 44-5 drubbing of Maties at the Danie Craven Stadium in 2013.

“I worked hard to get where I am but there was also quite a bit of luck involved. I walked into Heyneke Meyer’s office and laid out my goals and how I was going to achieve them. The Blue Bulls were set to appoint somebody else so I must have said something right. Credit has to go to Heyneke who gave me the opportunity to prove myself”, he said.

Nollis was named Blue Bulls Currie Cup head coach earlier this year after the departure of Frans Ludeke and off the back of his tenure as a successful junior coach. He guided the men from Pretoria to their first Currie Cup home semifinal since 2009 but it is not the Currie Cup that he rates as the most stressful competition to coach but surprisingly, the Vodacom Cup.

“The thing that you have to learn quickly is to grow a tough skin. I will never satisfy everyone. I remember getting a call after we beat Western Province convincingly from someone demanding to know why we did not beat them by more”, he jokingly added. He proved himself at junior level as the head coach of Blue Bulls Under-21s and at university level as the head coach of UP-Tuks in the Varsity Cup. He coached the Under21s to four Absa Under-21 Provincial Championship finals where he won three while he masterminded Tuks’ passage into three Varsity Cup final of which he

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Nollis Marais is a ‘Man with a Plan’

“Vodacom Cup is difficult to coach because most of the players stay with the Super Rugby squad. I never had a chance to bond with the players and it is because of this that the smaller unions excel in the Vodacom Cup.” Nollis brought a refreshing change to the way the Blue Bulls play rugby with the players embracing a running approach spearheaded by the back three of Warrick Gelant, Travis Ismaiel and Jamba Ulengo. His ability to turn the Bulls fortunes around in such a short space of time saw the executive management name him as Super Rugby head coach in 2016. A decision that Blue Bulls Company CEO, Barend van Graan, is adamant is the correct one.

“Nollis is not experienced at senior level but a coach has to start somewhere. He shares the board’s vision and goals and we are extremely confident in his ability to lead the Bulls for the next four years. He has proven his worth at junior level and now we want to give him the opportunity to prove himself at the highest level,” said Barend. Nollis had the luxury of using a young group of players during the Currie Cup who were eager to showcase their talent at senior level. The youngsters adapted seamlessly to the way Nollis wanted his team to play but it will be a different story when the battle hardened Springboks return for Super Rugby duty. Nollis is not a worried man though as he has a sound proof method of getting his ideas across as well as dealing with disappointed senior players.

Blue Bulls captain, Lappies Labuschagne talks about Nollis Marais as the new coach for the Bulls

“The younger guys were hungry for something different so they adapted pretty quickly. I had senior players such as Francois Hougaard, Jan Serfontein and Marcel van der Merwe who were not very happy to have been left out

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of the Springboks Rugby World Cup squad but that is part of coaching. Getting players to play at their full potential in spite of personal setbacks,” said Nollis.


Coach focus: rugby

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Johan Rynners, Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd

Nollis is a man who not only sets goals but has a meticulous plan to go about achieving his goals. He has dreamt about coaching senior professional rugby since he started coaching and has a few tricks up his sleeve for the upcoming Super Rugby season.

“Ek soek trots terug in die trui”

“When I got the Currie Cup position it was easy as I had my plans already in place. Super Rugby will be tougher as I have to evolve the way my team plays. I’ve chatted to guys like Nick Mallet and John Mitchell as I believe you should not have an ego as a coach, they’ve been there done that. I wanted to bounce a few ideas off them as I’m in two minds in terms of the way I want to approach the season. I want the players to improve their skills so we can execute the basics perfectly. The rest will follow,” said the staunch family man.

The Bulls have taken a massive gamble and have shown incredible faith in one of their own. The Bulls have finally settled after two massive player exoduses and are in need of something new at Super Rugby level. The rugby world will have to wait and see if Nollis Marais is the man that will bring that change to Loftus Versfeld.

Nollis’ thoughts on player sabbaticals I believe it is the lessor of two evils. Instead of losing them for good we only lose them for preseason. I understand why they do it as the South African Rand is so weak that it would be ludicrous for them not to do it. Obviously as the coach I’d like to work with them from the beginning but I cannot, so we will just bring them up to speed when they return.

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Coach Evangelos Vellios Fresh coaching blood for Ama-Tuks

Coach Evangelos Vellios

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Fresh coaching blood for Ama-Tuks The University of Pretoria, after a bleak with only one win from their opening nine Absa Premiership fixtures have roped in a new assistant coach to Sammy Troughton to assist in turning their game around. Two-time Varsity Cup winner, and 31 years of age, Evangelos Vellios is one of the youngest coaches to coach in the country’s top tier the Absa Premiership.

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At the end of October,with the AmaTuks first team coach suspended, the South African-born, Mozambiqueraised Vellios took up the hot seat as Tuks locked horns with high-flying Platinum Stars.


Coach focus: Soccer

Words: Bertin Basson | Photos: BackpagePix

Vellios moved to the South African capital to study sport science at the University of Pretoria in 2003. He immediately jumped into coaching, mentoring the University’s junior sides. Having coached the U-11, U-12, U-14, U-15 and U-16 teams, former AmaTuks boss Steve Barker promoted Vellios to the club’s Castle Team in 2008, having seen great potential in the budding manager.

At the tender age of 24 the challenge was his first shot at coaching at a senior level and, with the help of Sly Mosala, Tuks won the league twice in four seasons, reaching the play-offs on two occasions. The opportunity to coach the the student team, USSA, arrived in 2011 and following a rocky first year, Vellios led Tuks to USSA success for the first time in eight years. Varsity Cup titles in 2013 and 2014 followed, along with another USSA title, before the AmaTuks senior side came calling towards the end of 2015 following a spell in charge of the Multi-Choice Diski Challenge team.

Vellios has an honours degree in sport and recreation management at the University of Pretoria, over and above his sport science degree. He has also attended several international coaching courses. He is currently doing his UEFA B license through the Irish FA, this will open the opportunity for him to apply within a year to do is UEFA A license. He has also done Scottish coaching levels, and has completed half of his level I SAFA course.

The local and international experience stands Vellios in good stead to go from strength to strength on the local stage to fulfilling his ultimate goal: coaching Portugal giants Benfica.

“I was very honest with myself from a young age, I knew I wasn’t going to be a football player,” Vellios tells Game On. “I got my passion for football from my grandfather, we were really close, I used to watch the games every weekend, he was a student of the game - he played at a good level. I used to listen to him on how the teams played different systems.”

“Already from the age 10 - 12, I started drawing different systems/formations. I always knew that I wanted to be a coach and I’m very fortunate that I have a family that has backed me right through without them I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this dream that I am currently living.”

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the role of trust in sport

The Role of Trust

in Sport

David Horwitz is a professional self-esteem coach (registered with COMENSA) and a soccer coach with many years’ experience in the football academies of PSL clubs. He is currently the coach of Alex United in the fourth tier of South African football. He is passionate about the role selfesteem plays in life and in sport. He can be contacted via

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One of the reasons sport is such a popular spectator experience is that one never really knows what the outcome will be. This is real life drama at its best. We may be able to predict the outcome in some cases, but one never really knows until the final whistle. We can attest to this following the Springbok loss to Japan in the Rugby World Cup, now generally regarded as the greatest Rugby World Cup upset of all time. Yet, if we are honest, we will concede that the All Blacks’ success was not at all surprising. Their general quality was evident over a four year period since their previous World Cup success on home soil. More than anything else their belief in themselves and in each other made them very hard to beat during this time. Even when they may not have deserved to win, they often still managed to do so – as South Africa and Ireland will attest to, just to highlight two occasions in those four years.

The All Blacks were able to win these games because of one word – trust. They trusted themselves and they trusted each other. Photo by: BackpagePix

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TEAMWORK


Coaching feature: trust

Words: David Horwitz | Photos: Reg Caldecott & BackpagePix

TRUST

Photo by: BackpagePix

In the realm of self-esteem trust is vital. Without trust we struggle to build or maintain a relationship with others. Sadly, many of us will have some reference points in this regard. So this may require little explanation. However, what is not readily understood is the role trust plays in building and maintaining a loving relationship with ourselves and the importance of trust in the self-esteem of a sportsperson. I am currently working with a highly talented and successful young soccer player that has struggled with an inner belief that he is not good enough. His outstanding performance has however constantly been recognised and acknowledged by selectors at every level. He is regarded by many as a special young talent, but not by himself.

What we think of ourselves typically has more to do with how others have related to us than it has to do with reality. In my work with him we have established that he is extremely harsh in his assessment of himself. It

Our ability to trust ourselves is a function of our self-esteem. The positive correlation between our sense of value and worth and our level of performance becomes clearer. This applies to all levels of sport but is more noticeable at the highest level where the pressure is intense and extreme.

This highly restrictive inner belief comes from how others have constantly related to him. Despite his repeated success he is constantly reminded of his mistakes by the most important people in his life, his parents, but also by others. In addition, his successes are seldom acknowledged. As a result the opinions of his Mom and Dad have now become his own; sadly this is how the process works. They now manifest in that inner voice that constantly speaks to him with messages that are not helpful. The voice may be his, but the messages belong to someone else.

is clear that he does not trust himself. Because he is not able to trust himself he finds great difficulty in trusting his teammates too. In order to trust others it is helpful to first learn how to trust ourselves. SUCCESS

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The role of a coach is vitally important when it comes to developing and nurturing a young player’s ability to trust him or herself. If the coach has developed the skill of being supportive then it is likely to have a positive impact on the player’s ability to trust him or herself. However if the coach is not able to hide his or her disappointments and it translates into emotional and critical outbursts, then the impact on the player can be devastating. The former approach is more likely to be prevalent in a coach that enjoys a more developed sense of self-esteem.

I have played various sports at various levels and also coached soccer extensively for many years. This general exposure has given me a great vantage point as regards the type of coaching that is prevalent in

South Africa. My own experience is that the vast majority of coaches do not subscribe to the understanding that players have feelings and that these feelings need to be handled with sensitivity. Mistakes are pounced upon and constantly highlighted while acknowledgements are rare. In some cases the relationship between coach and player can even be described as emotionally abusive. I have always been amazed at the prevalence of this approach among our coaches. This unfortunately is how we learn not to trust ourselves. There has been a great deal of focus on “choking” when it comes to analysis of South Africa’s sporting performance. This is of course open to question and it has become a highly controversial topic that has angered the teams and individuals concerned. I doubt, however, if there can be much controversy around the definition of choking. We must surely agree that choking is the inability to trust oneself and one’s teammates in high pressure situations. I am not suggesting that South Africa has not enjoyed success in sports either individually or collectively. I am however confident that we have consistent evidence of significant underachievement in many of our sporting codes. I am further suggesting that the inability of our players to trust themselves is one of the factors influencing this underachievement.

There can be little doubt that this current All Blacks rugby team is a shining example of what can be achieved when each and every player is able to trust himself and his teammates under the most extreme pressure. They have the world cup in their trophy cabinet to prove it.

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Brian lee Team SA shines at IPC World Champs

Team SA shines at IPC World Champs

SPORTS NEWS

Contributed by Brian Lee | Photos: Bonzai Photography

Team South Africa produced an excellent performance at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships which ended in Doha, Qatar on Saturday, October 31. South Africa recently excelled at the extremely intense and competitive IPC Athletics World Championships, held over 10 days, and was attended by approximately 1300 athletes from 90 countries. The team brought home a total of 17 medals (four gold, eight silver and five bronze).

World Championships in Lyon, France, two years ago Team SA ended with an 18 medal haul, putting them 20th on the medals table with the Russian Federation topping the charts with 52. “We congratulate Team South Africa for their great performance at the recently completed IPC World Championships. It’s really encouraging to see our athletes displaying such great performances,” says SASCOC acting CEO Vinesh Maharaj.

South Africa placed in 13th position on the final medal table. At the last IPC Athletics

“Of course, this all bodes well for next year’s Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. You have done the country proud and we wish you all the best as your preparations for Rio continue,” Maharaj concluded.

Anrune Liebenberg - Women’s 400m T 47 - Gold

Ilse Hayes - Women’s 100m T13 - Gold

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Sports News: athletics

Words: Brian Lee | Photos: Bonzai Photography

Ilse Hayes - Women’s 200m T13 - Gold

Reinhardt Hamman - Men’s Javelin Throw F38 - Gold

List of medal winners Anrune Liebenberg Women’s 400m T47 - Gold Ilse Hayes Women’s 100m T13 – Gold Ilse Hayes Women’s 200m T13 - Gold Reinhardt Hamman Men’s Javelin Throw F38 - Gold Arnu Fourie Men’s 100m T44 - Silver Charl Du Toit Men’s 400m T37 – Silver Dyan Buis Men’s 200m T38 - Silver Dyan Buis Men’s Long Jump T38 - Silver Jonathan Ntutu Men’s 200m T12 - Silver Reinhardt Hamman Men’s Shot Put F38 - Silver

Union Sekailwe Men’s 400m T38 – Silver Fanie Van Der Merwe Men’s 100m T37 - Silver Andre Dalle Ave Men’s Long Jump T37 - Bronze Anrune Liebenberg Women’s 200m T47 - Bronze Fanie Van Der Merwe Men’s 200m T37 - Bronze Hilton Langenhoven Men’s 400m T12 - Bronze Zanele Situ Women’s Javelin Throw F54 - Bronze

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Bertin Basson One to watch: Tlotliso ‘Gift’ Leotlela

One to watch: Tlotliso ‘Gift’ Leotlela Contributed by Bertin Basson | Photos: Reg Caldecott

After a period of success amongst South African sprint athletes, it is fitting that we introduce you to another up and coming sprint sensation, Tlotliso ‘Gift’ Leotlela.

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2015 AGN Champs - Boys 17 200m Final

200m IAAF World Youth Championships 2015

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Gift Leotlela in action for Tukkies

10.2s 100m Gift Leotlela 2nd all time


Sports News: athletics

Words: Bertin Basson | Photos: Reg Caldecott

There is a golden dawn rising for South African sprint athletes with the likes of Wayde van Niekerk, Anaso Jobodwana, Akani Simbine and Henricho Bruintjies backed up by the exploits of Leotlela and Kyle Appel. TuksSport athlete, Gift Leotlela, won double gold at the recent Commonweatlh Youth Games in Apia, Samoa with his time of 10.20 over 100m - the second fastest time by a youth athlete as recorded by the IAAF! To put this into perspective, the 16-year-old is but 0.04 seconds away from qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with only 17 senior South African athletes having been able to run faster times.

Gift is coached by Hennie Kriel who worked as a fitness conditioning coach at the Blue Bulls for numerous years, winning the Super Rugby title with current Springbok boss Heyneke Meyer. Kriel has in the past compared Gift to Fourie du Preez with the former HTS Louis Botha athlete, like the Springbok scrumhalf, shy in nature, but very goal driven.

South Africa will send three sprinters to the Olympics in Brazil next year (100m and 200m athletes) and Gift could be on the plane to Rio as part of the 4 x 100m relay team if he is able to run 10.16 in the coming months. If Gift makes it to Rio, the exposure he gets at the Olympics will stand him in great stead as he ultimately aims to enter the realms of Usain Bolt.

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Kyle Gilham Teen stars continue Dusi combination in 2016

Teen stars continue Dusi combination in 2016 Contributed by Kyle Gilham for Gameplan Media | Photos: Anthony Grote

Schoolgirl paddling SPORTS NEWS sensations Cana Peek and Kyeta Purchase have been in sublime form throughout 2015 and are eager to use Sunday, 29 November’s Ozzie Gladwin Canoe Marathon presented by Parklane Superspar as another opportunity to grow their exciting 2016 FNB Dusi partnership. 2015 has seen Peek finish second and third overall at this year’s Dusi and Hansa Fish Canoe Marathons respectively while Purchase’s Junior Girls’ South African Surfski Championships title, fourth place at Marathon World Champs earned her the Junior Sportswoman of the Year award at the recent KZN Sports Awards. Individually the Euro Steel pair have taken the South African women’s paddling scene by storm with the two young teenagers now eager to continue their good run of form together. “We hadn’t ever paddled together until the start of the KZN river season this year,” explained Peek. “We met when I joined the MACSquad in Durban for a few training sessions and then

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Sports News: canoeing

Words: Kyle Gilham for Gameplan Media | Photo: Anthony Grote

Kyeta and I went to Marathon Worlds together where we ended up becoming quite close.

“We got chatting at Fish about paddling Dusi together and things have just developed from there!” she added. The recent Umpetha Challenge was an eye-opening experience for the young duo as they both looked to shake off exam cobwebs and take on some of the best senior crews in the province. “Umpetha was quite a wake-up call for us and made us realise that we really need to start our Dusi training as soon as we’re finished exams! “It also made us realise that we’re still new as a combination and so we’re not quite used to each other style of paddling and reactions.” Despite their young age, lack of time in the boat together and the fact that the 2016 FNB Dusi will be Purchase’s debut at the iconic three day event, Peek is unperturbed and believes they can achieve the goals they have set themselves as they look to rub shoulders with their senior compatriots. “We want to win the Under-18 girls title at Dusi next year and do as well as we can in the ladies race overall!” said Peek decisively.

“We’re both very determined people and age won’t stand between us and our goals.

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“Kyeta is a very strong paddler and is willing to work really hard so her having never done a Dusi isn’t a concern for me at all,” she added.

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Naicker one to watch in Maritzburg event Contributed by Graeme Jackson | Photo: Kloof High School

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The annual CSA (Cricket South Africa) U-17 Boys week will be held in Pietermaritzburg from 11-15 December 2015 and Theesan Naicker is a player to watch.

For those who want to take up cricket, visualise your dreams and never give up on them. Love what you do and have fun,” said Naicker, who added that he intends on studying Sports Science once he completes Matric.

Short of the top-level Coca-Cola Khaya Majola U-19 Week, the U-17 week serves as arguably the most crucial step in the development of an ambitious young player’s career, with national U-19 selectors staking out the competition to identify the most promising individuals who are set to come through the ranks.

Naicker has scored 260 runs in 7 innings this season averaging 37 with the bat. Some of his highlights this year include 105 runs against Howick (From 122 balls including nine 4’s and a 6). He followed this up with 2 wickets for 15 runs off 6 overs in the same game before hitting 80 runs off 107 balls against Thomas More. He also contributed with the ball, spinning a tidy 1 for 35 in 10 overs. Against Welsh touring team West Glamorgan, Naicker hit 52 in a 35 over match.

The Under-17 setup is split along two streams: the Rural Cricket Association of South Africa (RCASA) week as well the National Week that is organised by CSA. The Rural tournament – which will be held in Stellenbosch this year from 14-18 December – gives players that are from small disadvantaged areas a chance to play competitive cricket.

Theesan Naicker’s achievements: Selected for the following teams: KZN U11, KZN U15 (non-travelling reserve), KZN U17

Players such as Justin Ontong and Makhaya Ntini have graduated to higher honours after excelling at the U-17 Week, and the class of 2015 will certainly be aiming to follow in their footsteps. One such example is 16-year-old Kloof High School pupil Theesan Naicker, regarded as one of the most talented up-and-coming players.

Durban High School ‘Bowler of the Year’ in 2013 and 2014

“In the summer holidays I will be participating in the CSA U-17 Week for the KZN team. Thereafter I will spend time with my family and friends.

Kloof High School’s Spar Star of the Month (February 2015)

Theesan Naicker in action for Kloof High School

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Sports News: cricket

Words: Dan Lombard | Photo: Big Pic Photography

Tuks defend Red Bull Campus Cricket title

SPORTS NEWS

Contributed by Dan Lombard | Photo: Big Pic Photography

Assupol Tuks successfully defended their Red Bull Campus Cricket title when they beat England’s Loughborough University in the final at the Abhimanyu Cricket Academy in Dehradun, India.

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Tuks lost their opening match against ICBT Campus (Sri Lanka) by two wickets but beat Heriot-Watt University Dubai (UAE) by 109 runs and Jinnah Degree College Karachi (Pakistan) by 9 wickets. The South Africans despatched Swami Shraddhanand College (India) by 39 runs in the semifinal. Tyler Easton, Tuks all-rounder, said that the opening loss was a big wake up call for the team and overcoming the loss to defend their title in India revealed the character of the team. “India is the home of cricket. To win in India is something that cannot be described. It is tough to get to the top but tougher to stay there so for us to defend it they way we did is a great thing for us,” explained Tyler. Tyler believes that the experience gained at the Red Bull Campus Cricket tournament has placed them in good stead for a successful 2016 season. “It is at this tournament where one makes a name for himself in cricket. Just look at a guy like Theunis de Bruyn who played for Tuks last year and is now playing for South Africa A and the Titans. We will take what we learnt in India and use it so that we can remain the best cricket university in South Africa.”

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Dan lombard David Small reaches milestone in Maritzburg College’s final match

david small with his 100th cap

David Small reaches milestone in Maritzburg College’s final match Contributed by Dan Lombard | Photo: College schoolboy Matt Marshall Maritzburg College signed off their 2015 cricket season in style with a 27 run win over Michaelhouse. Opening batsman David Small became only the second player in College’s history to play 100 matches after captain Bryce Tullis achieved the milestone at the recent Michaelmas tournament. Rain threatened to deny David the opportunity to reach 100 matches and feels relieved that he managed to represent the school he holds dear as 1st team cricketer.

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“The feeling receiving my 100th cap during my last game was quite a relief as I was worried that the rain would ruin my chance of getting it. Playing on Goldstones in my final match was quite special as we had the school behind us and ending where I started was very special,” said David. David and Bryce share a special bond that started in Grade 8 and have the utmost respect for each other.

“Bryce and I have been in the same cricket and hockey teams since the beginning of Grade 8. We started playing first team cricket and hockey at the same time in Grade 10. We are good friends and many times on the cricket field, being captain, he would look to me for advice in tough times as we have been through the same amount of games and have the same amount of experience. Not only on the field are we friends but off the field aswell.”

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Sports News: rowing

Words: St John’s College | Photo: Supplied

St John’s Rowing Duo Junior Men’s Pair (James Mitchell and Daniel Carter) won the 2015 award for School Team of the year. Unfortunately the duo were unable to attend the awards as they were writing their Biology matric exam on Monday morning and they were awarded a fabulous prize of R145 000. James and Daniel have been rowing for 5 years. They both started as novice rowers in U14. It was only after 4 years of rowing that they came into their own and found their true potential. In 2014 James and Dan successfully gained selection to the South African Junior Rowing team to attend the Junior World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. They raced against the best in the world and achieved a 5th place in the junior men’s pair. This was the best any junior men’s pair has ever achieved at this level. They returned to South Africa and began the school rowing season for 2014/2015. Highlights included: • • • •

Setting a new national rowing course record Placing 1st in the junior men’s coxed four at the SA School Championships in March 2015 Placing 1st in the junior men’s coxless pair at the SA School Championships in March 2015 Placing 1st in the junior men’s coxed eight at the SA School Championships in March 2015

These achievements cemented their position as the best junior men’s pair in the country and made it possible for them to be selected for a second time to compete for South Africa at the Junior World Rowing Championships in Rio de Janeiro. James and Dan

competed for a 2nd year at the highest level in the same boat class. They achieved a 5th place in 2015 in Rio de Janeiro. Game On managed to get a quick Q&A from them during this busy period: Q: How long have you been rowing together? A: We have been rowing together for three years. Q: How long have you been competing together? A: We have been competing together for 3 years at school boy level, and two years at national level. Q: Which competitions have you entered to become the top school team? A: SA Champs, Gauteng Champs, SA Schools boat Race, and two junior national championships. Q: What will you use your prize money for? A: We most likely use the money for studies next year. Q: What are your goals for continuing your rowing when you leave school? Will you continue to row together? A: Our goals are to go to the U/23’s in 2016, and whether or not we row together is up to the selection process. Q: How do you feel about the Award: A: James: “I am ecstatic about getting the award, and I’m confident that it will bode us well in the future.” Daniel: “It’s not really about the award, it’s about recognition for rowing. As well as being humble, hard workers.”

St John’s Rowing Junior Men’s Pair School Team of the year at 2015 SA Sports Awards Contributed by St John’s College

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Nedbank helps Meyer earn pro contract Contributed by Brian Lee | Photo: BackpagePix

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The dream of a professional football career has finally come to life for Bloemfontein-born defender Jarred Meyer, who has signed a one-year contract with top-flight club Jomo Cosmos. Meyer was part of the 16 Nedbank Ke Yona Team players who went for month long trials with the 16 Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs. “It is an honour for me to join a club that has a rich history of producing quality in the country,” said Meyer. “I believe Cosmos is the ideal place for me as a young player keen to make a mark in the PSL. I am also looking forward to working closer with my coach and legendary footballer Jomo Sono, who has already added a lot of value to my game.

“I am glad to have come this far and thank you to Nedbank for making this happen.”

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Sports News: Soccer

Words: Brian Lee | Photo: BackpagePix

Now in its third season, the Nedbank Ke Yona Teams Search, which annually scours the lengths and breadths of the country to unearth raw football talent, has already enabled more than 10 players to realise their dreams of playing professional football. Nedbank’s Senior Manager for Brand Communication, Nkosinathi Msiza, congratulated Meyer on his achievement. “As a bank for all, we are pleased to see another talented person realise their dreams,” said Msiza. “Like we do with our core business, Nedbank, remains committed to enabling more people to make things that really matter happen for themselves and our communities. Through the Ke Yona Team Search, we have seen a number of youngsters proving that through determination, hard work and support, anyone can be extraordinary.”

PLAYER PROFILE Name and Surname: Jarred Meyer Nickname: Jabu Age: 23 Position: Centre Back Home Town: Bloemfontein, Free State Former Club: Bubchu United (ABC Motsepe) Educational Qualification: Degree in BA General Management

Jarred Meyer makes the cut

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Alwande Skosana: “Disability is not inability” Contributed by Graeme Jackson | Photo: Reg Caldecott adelaide tambo school

Alwande Skosana, who hails from Harding in KwaZulu-Natal, is South Africa’s top junior Wheelchair Tennis player and is currently listed as the no.4 junior in the world by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Alwande Skosana is 15-years-old and his career in the sport is going from strength to strength. When he was just 12, he won his first singles title at the second draw of Memorial Jens Vanherck in Belgium in 2013, while this year he clinched the junior boy’s singles title at the Airports Company South Africa SA Open, one of the only six super series tournament being played globally. The rising star went on to clinch three ITF Futures tournaments in a row in Pretoria, Soweto and Bloemfontein. The former Harding Special School pupil cites Lucas Sithole, the first South African to win a Grand Slam event in Wheelchair Tennis, as his inspiration.

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“Lucas Sithole really inspires me, because despite his disability he really works hard and make sure he wins in most tournaments local and abroad. The fact that he also comes from the rural area too. Stephan Houdet also inspires me,” Alwande told Wheelchair Tennis South Africa. “Tennis means everything to me; my life will be boring without it. It’s part of my life and I intend to play it as long as I live,” he added, before providing the following inspirational word’s about his approach to living with a disability.

South African top ranked junior, Alwande Skhosana, in action during the boys’ finals at the Bloem Open in Mangaung.

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“Disability is not inability, we are all normal but different physically. Never give up in life because of your disability. If you have a talent, be it in sport or anything else, never hesitate to show it because of your physical appearance. It’s only you who hold the key to your success and who can make a difference out of it.”


Sports News: waterpolo

Words: Dan Lombard | Photo: Supplied

Matthew Hamilton (17) of Durban High School was named best defender at the SACS Waterpolo Tournament in Cape Town recently. It is the third time this year he has walked away with the award after being named Best Defender at the St. Stithians and Clifton College tournaments.

3rd and 4th position. One position better than last year.

Game On Magazine spoke to Matthew about his award and if he participates in other sports.

MH: Playing for DPHS and beating SACS in the finals of their own tournament in Grade 7. We were the complete underdogs and it was quite amazing with most of the crowd supporting us. We won 9-5. It was also pretty special to be selected for the SA U17 and U18 sides in the same year.

GOM: How, when and why did you start playing waterpolo? MH: In Grade 4, at Durban Preparatory High School when a few of the boys were asked to start waterpolo. I was a strong swimmer and it was a natural progression to play waterpolo. I always wanted to play polo. GOM: How did DHS do at the SACS water polo tournament overall? MH: DHS came 3rd after beating Michaelhouse for

GOM: Describe the feeling when you were awarded ‘Best Defender of the Tournament�? MH: I was pleasantly surprised and honoured as there were a lot of great players in the tournament. GOM: Favourite waterpolo memory?

GOM: Would you like to pursue waterpolo after school? If so, what are your aspirations? MH: Yes, I would love to carry on playing water polo and I aspire to play for the national team one day. GOM: Do you participate in other sports? MH: I play rugby for the DHS 1st XV which is also one of my passions.

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Hamilton named Best Defender at SACS waterpolo tournament Contributed by Dan Lombard

Full name: Matthew Hamilton Date of Birth: 1 September 1998 Place of Birth: Durban, South Africa High school: Durban High School

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