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contents Cover FeatureS cover STORY Liam Jordan Write that name down! Words: Neil Greig | Photos: Backpage Media

Henri Schoeman is making waves’ in the Triathlon arena Words: Dee Hean | Photos: Provided

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: The Sharks & Backpage Media

Words: Karien Jonckheere | Photos: Ice Models

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Thomas du Toit Dan Lombard’s Player to Watch Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

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YOUTH Features Soccer Amajimbos! Look out Chile, here we come!

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Carting Stuart White SA’s “Baby Vettle”

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FNB CLASSIC CLASHES 2015 FNB CLASSIC CLASHES 2015 Fixtures

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CanoEing KYLE DOHNE IS PADDLING MILES FOR SMILES

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Motivation Dan Lombard is getting his Game On

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Ayrton Sweeney qualifies for 2015 Russian Swimming Champs

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Renaldo Bothma is Breaking the Line

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sporting News cycling: Pretoria’s new cycle race to rival South Africa’s biggest

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Motor Cross: The 444 of Caleb Tennant is back

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netball: UJ Netball to be coached by former Protea

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Marathon: SA’s Wöstmann takes gold at the Two Oceans Marathon 2015

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Sailing: Budding sailors conquer Inanda in a different boat

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Martial Arts: South Africa attends 1st TAFISA World Martial Arts Games in Canada

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Softball: Western Cape Softball

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Athletics: Any one for the High Jump?

Tennis: 17 year old Michael Copeland makes SA U19 tennis team

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Hockey: 2015 SA Junior InterProvincial Underwater Hockey Championship

Fencing: NMMU to host national ranking fencing competition

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Hockey: Paul Roos 1st XI hockey conquer the Netherlands

Wrestling: Reynhardt Louw

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Gymnastics: 2015 FIG Artistic World Challenge – Qatar and Slovenia

LifeSaving: South African Lifesaving Championships

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Athletics: Amoré Theron smashes the South African shotput record

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Rugby

Athletics: Tuks Men kings of the track in Potch

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Athletics: Trisha Pollicutte from Glenwood House Preparatory shines!

Kovsies cap stellar season with Varsity Sevens Title

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HeaLth Focus

Rugby: Pukke and Tuks share title in Stellenbosh

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Hydration

Rugby: Junior Springboks made to work for win against students

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Correct hydration key for healthy living

Tennis: SA’s Sithole and Montjane bow out of Gauteng Open final

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Liam Jordan Write that name down!

One of South Africa’s rising star footballers, Liam Jordan of Bidvest Wits, recently made his Premier Soccer League debut aged 16. This is Liam’s fascinating journey…

Liam Jordan

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Jordan became the first 16-year-old to debut in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) in more than six years. The last player was Maritzburg United’s Jabulani Ncubeni in 2009. Other 16-year-old players to have debuted in the PSL: Innocent Ntsume, Philani Khwela and Daylon Claasen. Liam is older than PSL record holder, Mkhanyiseli Siwahla, who made his debut at 15 in 2004, but sadly Siwahla’s career faded into obscurity way too quickly. Game On: Liam, thanks for giving us the time to chat to us. Firstly, what was it like making your professional debut for Bidvest Wits in March 2015, breaking the record for the youngest debut? Liam Jordan: It was an awesome experience. Quite nerve wracking at the time, but although I only played for a short period of time I am glad that I have finally made my professional debut in South Africa.

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Cover Story: Soccer

Words: Neil Greig | Photos: Backpage Media

What has been the biggest adjustment for you considering all your football development happened in New Zealand and now your professional football is happening in South Africa? The transition from New Zealand to here has been very good. In New Zealand I was at a football academy, training every day. I guess the biggest adjustment for me was that from training with players my age to training with adults, which is where I have found myself at Wits almost from day one. Andrews Academy

How have you managed to adapt to South Africa as a teenager after growing up in New Zealand? I have managed to adapt well as I was warmly welcomed by the players and staff at my club Bidvest Wits right from the very start.

How have you managed to stay focused on your soccer career after the tragedy of losing your Dad, Keryn Jordan, who we understand played a huge role in your love for the game? I guess in a way losing my Dad at such an early age and seeing him suffer for so long has made me even more determined to carry on in his footsteps and focus on my football. Because I know that is what he would have wanted me to do! We understand that your business manager Glyn Binkin has helped you settle down well at the Bidvest Wits environment, but who do you live with in South Africa? My Mom is also with me in South Africa, but I stay at the Bidvest Wits Academy which is based at Sturrock Park - our training base, and really only see her over weekends. We have schooling, meals and our football training all there at Sturrock Park. We have quite a lot of family in SA, but because of my football commitments I don’t get to see them all that often. I guess it’s one of the sacrifices that one has to make as a professional footballer. Evidence shows that you were developed very well in New Zealand both as a footballer and as a person. How do they do such a good job there?

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In New Zealand there is a very good mentality amongst the young aspiring sportsmen and women. I’m sure it has a lot to do with the fact that the Blacks are World Champions in rugby, and the young sportsmen women grow up wanting to be champions.

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Liam Jordan Write that name down!

We understand you are writing standard nine or Grade 11 now. What school or campus are you at? I am at Andrews College studying under the Cambridge System of education which is a worldwide system that has made it easy for me to transfer from New Zealand to South Africa from a schooling perspective. What is your advice to teenagers like yourself who need to balance education with their sporting career path? Education is very important and one has enough time in a day to fit in both education and sports requirements. It is about sacrifice, hard work and dedication.

What are they keys for young people like yourself to follow and realise their sporting dreams? Follow your dreams through hard work and sacrifice!

Liam Jordan

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Cover Story: Soccer

Words: Neil Greig | Photos: Backpage Media

‘Liam learned the basics young’ - Glyn Binkin Renowned South African business manager Glyn Binkin, who looked after the careers of Lucas Radebe and Shaun Bartlett amongst others, believes that Liam’s biggest strength is that he learnt the basics at a very young age. Game On asked him how he would describe Liam Jordan’s upbringing in terms of his education and soccer development in New Zealand, Binkin said the following: “Liam had a very good football, family and educational background in New Zealand and was taught the basics of football from an early age. It certainly helped him that his late Dad (Keryn) was a professional footballer, as he grew up watching his Dad who obviously played a major role in his life and career to date. His Mother has also been pivotal in his life as she has always kept him grounded and focused on both school and his football,” Binkin said. “I would say Liam has definitely benefitted from a good support structure at home, but like the kids in South Africa he also had many hardships which he had to overcome to get to where he is today.” Much older teammates of Liam’s at Bidvest Wits, like 36-year-old former Bafana Bafana midfielder Dillon Sheppard, have highlighted that Liam is more mature than his years give away. “I think growing up seeing his father suffer and ultimately pass away he had to grow up quickly and often I say how we forget that he is only 16 years old because he displays so much maturity on and off the fields of play,” Binkin explains. “I believe that young South African footballers can learn that one is able to successfully juggle excellence in their chosen sport with a good basic education if one is dedicated to do so. “I believe that he has a very bright future in the game. I have no doubt that when the time is right he will transfer abroad and will have a very successful career in European football if he keeps his feet on the ground and remains focused which I have no doubt he will do.” Asked why he believes Liam’s current employers Bidvest Wits were the right choice of environment for him, Binkin points to their rack record. “When he came back to SA, Liam had numerous options but why he chose Bidvest Wits was because they offered a holistic opportunity for him that covered his football, his schooling, accommodation and meals effectively all in one place,” Binkin says. “Also, they have a proven track record of developing youngsters and under first team coach Gavin Hunt, the club has shown that they give youngsters a chance in the first team no matter how young the players are.”

Who was Liam’s dad, Keryn Jordan? (1 November 1975 –21 October 2013) Keryn Jordan is a former South African international and legend of domestic football in New Zealand who passed away at the age of just 37 when he succumbed to cancer in October 2013. Keryn started out his professional career with Pretoria City (now SuperSport United) before going on to represent Manning Rangers and Moroka Swallows. He was a member of the Rangers squad that won the inaugural Premier Soccer League in 1996/97 and made one appearance for Bafana Bafana, playing in a 2-1 win over Botswana in 1999. In 2004 he moved to New Zealand and began a career with Waitakere United and Auckland City FC which saw him score 76 goals in 100 games across six years. Keryn retired in 2010 due to recurring knee problems and illness. His cancer first appeared as a melanoma spot in 2000 and eventually spread to his brain. He succumbed to the disease and passed away on 21 October 2013 in his hometown of Pretoria, having returned to South Africa earlier in the year to continue treatment.

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Henri Schoeman is ‘making waves’ in the Triathlon arena

HENRI SCHOEMAN:

IN THE TRIATHLON ARENA Currently “triathlon is still a niche sport and I have heard of quite a few triathlons throughout the country being held to test the interest. It would be great if people would support such events and make triathlon in South Africa a force to be reckoned with.”

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Main Feature: triathlon

Words: Dee Hean / Henri Schoeman | Photos: Provided

Born in Vereeniging, Henri grew up in Durban from the tender age of two. Being close to the sea, his parents thought it would be a good idea to make their kids pool safe and teach them water sense from a young age. Henri and his brother Riaan, really enjoyed the swimming lessons and were soon told by their swimming instructor to move onto a proper coach because she saw they both had potential. In his early primary school sports Henri was involved in a lot of nipper lifesaving and school cross country but during high school his focus shifted towards swimming and he worked to excel in the sport with the support of Olympic swimming coach, Alisdair Hatfield, who is still currently coaching him for swimming.

Henri’s brother, Riaan Schoeman excelled in swimming really quickly and with him competing on a world stage was inspired to one day do the same. Their Dad, Joe Schoeman was a duathlete who competed at World Championships, and always had they boys involved in fun triathlons and duathlons around KZN. Henri really enjoyed them and did the occasional Provincial champs and National champs, performing really well every time without specific training. In his mid-teens Henri stopped improving in swimming and also stopped growing, and started excelling in triathlon. “I always wanted to end off my career with triathlon so I decided to transition over at a tender age of 17” says Henri. Henri was about to head over to Abu Dhabi to race when Game On caught up with him and asked him these questions:

HENRI SCHOEMAN:

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Do you have any special goals or intentions for yourself in the future? I am currently qualifying to take part in the Rio 2016 Olympics. To be a World Championship medallist and Olympic medallist are some goals I have for the near future. I aspire to one day be a World and/or Olympic Champion.

You have a very positive attitude (from your website) do you have a mentor (other than your coach) that supports you with this, or does it just come naturally to you to be upbeat and see challenges as opportunities to be better? I think having a positive attitude sprouts from how much I love what I do. It’s very difficult to be negative about something when you are excited to do it and improve at it. When I struggle with something, it comes naturally to any competitive person I think, to overcome the struggle and excel.

What is the best advice/ guidance you have been given in your life (at any level, sporting or personally)? Always enjoy what you are doing. Never let success get to your head and never look down on others, we all started at the bottom.

What important life insights has sport given you that you use in how you live your life from moment to moment?

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Live life to the fullest and never take a second for granted. Make the most of your worst or terrible moments and cherish the good moments even more because it could be over in a second!

Do you have a special quote or saying that inspires and uplifts you? ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going.’

Who has been your greatest inspiration in your life? It’s probably been my brother, Riaan Schoeman. To have seen what commitment, dedication and hard work it takes to have competed in two Olympics is something special. To know that he can do that makes me believe I can also do the same, and hopefully better one-day.

What guidance can you give our readers who aspire to triathlon participation as to know when you are ready to become competitive and are there any training programmes or websites people can use to guide them with advice and knowledge as to what is required for training, gear and coaching to become a triathlete? I think it’s always good to enjoy what you’re doing. A good point of advice I would give a beginner is to join a triathlon club or either swim, cycle or run clubs. It’s always better training in a group than by yourself and then you can measure yourself against the others with your progress and

decide if you have what it takes to be competitive.

In comparison to other sports like golf, cricket, rugby and soccer, how does triathlon rate professionally in terms of career earnings. Can a person earn good money from being a professional triathlete? Triathlon is still a niche sport, especially in South Africa unfortunately. You can make a living if you race and rank well internationally and have big international contracts. The sport is growing rapidly though and with some large amounts of money being pumped into some long distance events lately, I hope that soon ITU events will catch the eye of these investors and there will be more money to be won.

Which are the biggest triathlon events currently in South Africa and internationally that triathletes should have on their calendars? A new event that came to South Africa is the Cape Town World Triathlon Series., which is great opportunity to experience the best in the world competing for the locals. There are also age group events during the weekend for those weekend warriors or even the social competitors to compete in. Iron Man South Africa is also a big one for triathlon. Not the same setup of racing as I do, but there are always large numbers getting involved with this event.

What has been your greatest sporting moment in your life so far?


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Words: Dee Hean / Henri Schoeman | Photos: Provided

Representing South Africa at the 2012 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and winning the silver medal in the Mixed Triathlon Relay.

young age so they can learn and adapt into the sport. I believe our country has lots of talent and potential to be the world’s best athletes.

At 5pm I head out for my run, depending on which day I am in of my program it could be on the track for a killer interval set or an easy run.

What are your plans for 2015 and beyond?

Apart from sport, I would like to one day start my own business of some sort.

I end off training with an Ice bath and gym session at Prime HPI. I then enjoy my evening relaxing with my girlfriend.

My plan for 2015 is to accumulate points in the World Triathlon Series and qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. I think I still have many years in ITU Triathlon. I think I definitely want to give 70.3 Ironman a try and if I enjoy it I will try full Ironman.

Do you have any career aspirations beyond Triathlon? I definitely want to stay involved and grow the sport of triathlon in South Africa, especially amongst the youth. It’s important to have them involved from a

What is a day in your life like? The alarm will usually strike 4:55am and I will get ready and be in the pool by 5:30am with my coach, Alisdair and his squad. I will be home at about 8am and eat breakfast and relax for an hour, usually catching up with some of my own admin. At 9am I will jump on my bike for 1h30 – 2hrs and then eat lunch. I am usually tired after an early wake up and will nap for about 1h30.

Do you following a special diet or take any supplements that you find help you in your racing? I don’t follow any diet as such, but I am careful with what I put in my body and I make sure it’s all the essential nutrients I need. I have been using Cytomax sports drinks and Muscle Milk recovery products for many years, and I find they work very well for me during training/racing.

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Who are your sponsors currently and how does an emerging successful sportsperson find sponsorship to enable them to compete at a higher level? I am very fortunate to have the backing of supportive sponsors. They include FINIS international (Technical swimming equipment); HUUB Design wetsuits; Cytomax and MuscleMilk sports nutrition; Prime High Performance Centre in Durban and Asics South Africa. With my experience on this topic, it’s been a difficult road. In South Africa most times it’s about who you know to get the deal. It’s unfortunate for young athletes who have massive potential to be great one day that don’t get that recognition and base support and grow with a brand/company. It’s important to me to find the brand/company I like most and grow a strong relationship with them. My advice to anyone looking for sponsorship: Work to develop a strong relationship with a brand/company that you want to sponsor you. Make sure the brand/company support you with your sporting endeavors, whether you are succeeding and as importantly, when bad luck strikes as it does so often in triathlon i.e. injury or crash etc.

Most importantly be true to yourself and make yourself a good marketing tool for them to use!

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When you travel overseas, you must meet some interesting people and have some amazing experiences, would you share one or two with the readers that stand out in your mind? I am really fortunate to travel the world and experience all that I have on a regular basis. One experience stands out, and that was my first encounter with Javier Gomez, a legend in the sport and my role model since I first watched him winning races on TV a decade ago. I burst onto the scene in 2013 with some impressive results and I may have caught his eye. I first met him in Hamburg after the World Triathlon Series race. It was after the race and he came up to me and said “well done for your races in Yokohama and Kitzbuhel. It’s some impressive results”. We chatted a bit but briefly. At the end of 2013 he asked if I wanted to join him during 2014 on training camps. I agreed and spend most of my year in 2014 training, travelling and learning from him, the best in the sport.

I am not sure if you follow school/varsity triathlete results, if you do, who stands out of your as raw talent (male/female) that we should watch in future? A younger athlete coming through is Basson Engelbrecht. He had a good result at World Junior Champs last year and will keep my eye on him as he progresses through to Olympic distance racing.

Is there anything that I have not asked you that you feel is really important that you would like to share with our readers/your fans here in South Africa?

As I said previously, triathlon is still a niche sport and I have heard of quite a few triathlons throughout the country being held to test the interest. It would be great if people would support such events and make triathlon in South Africa a force to be reckoned with. What do you do for fun and relaxation?

When I’m training hard I really enjoy getting comfortable and watch a good action movie. I enjoy walking on the beach with my girlfriend and my dog. It barely happens but I also love go karting!


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Words: Dee Hean / Henri Schoeman | Photos: Provided

QUICK FACTS Website http://www.henrischoeman.com/ WTS Ranking 12 811pts Injuries Stress fractures both shins – 2009/2010, shattered collarbone – 2011 Coaches Swimming - Alisdair Hatfield, Bike/Run - Joe Schoeman Junior School Atholton Primary School, Umhlanga High School Durban High School/ Oakridge College Tertiary Institution Varsity College/ Self-Studying through IMM. Height 1.70 m

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Weight 58 kg

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behind the scenes Is there a significant “other” in your life, and if so, how do you balance your sporting career with your personal life? Yes. I am very fortunate to have a very supportive girlfriend and probably my biggest fan. It gets hard when I travel a lot and don’t see her for a long time but we handle it a lot better these days thanks to Skype and Face time. It’s also great spending time with her, she takes my mind off triathlon, which is sometimes much needed. Which public figure do you admire most and why? Javier Gomez. He is a true champion in my eyes and the best role model for triathlon. He is humble and down to earth, very easy to talk to whether you are on the same level as he is or even a social beginner in the sport, or even a fan. He is very hard working, disciplined and very focused on achieving his goals. Who is your least favourite public figure and why? Kim Kardashian, I don’t think the image she portrays is healthy for the girls who look up to her. Favourite brand/clothing? I like buying clothes from YDE, Topman, Markham and Truworths, it’s various young designers and the clothes they sell are always trending and they also fit me really well. Favourite music? I enjoy some of the top hits around the world as well as some good trance beats. Favourite and least favourite foods? Really enjoy my pizza. I don’t think I would ever eat snails! What do you consider an awesome treat? Carrot Cake. Do you wax/shave like most triathletes do, and why do they do this? What, in your opinion, is the best method? There are a few reasons why we shave. For swimming it reduces drag in the water. For cycling if you crash with hairy legs or arms on the road it can rip some of your flesh out in pieces. If you shaved you walk away with some scratches generally. Personally I don’t shave or wax, I just clip before a race. I have waxed before for swimming when I was young and it was fine. Now that my hair is thick I had one of my worst experiences waxing and will never let wax touch my legs or arms again!

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Renaldo Bothma is Breaking the Line

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Main Feature: RUGBY

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: The Sharks & Backpage Media

Every so often a player from a smaller union is given the opportunity to play for a much larger union. Some fade while others, like Renaldo Bothma, grab the opportunity and run with it.

as virtually the entire team plies their trade overseas. We will come together for the first time in August. We have our work cut out for ourselves but we are up for it,” explains Renaldo.

His natural playing ability was noticed while attending Volkskool Heidelberg but was cut from the final Valke Craven Week squad. He became a bit of a journey man after school playing for the Valke U-19 before moving to Durban where he played U-19/21 for the Sharks. In 2010 Renaldo moved to the Lions, was loaned to the Leopards and finally ended up at the Pumas.

It is easy to see why he is fast becoming a household name as Renaldo models his game around Springbok stalwart Schalk Burger. For relaxation Renaldo also enjoys golf and loves to hit a few golf balls around the course whenever the opportunity presents itself. Although he sports the physique and trademark blonde hair that could easily be associated with being a Durban surfer, surprisingly, he is yet to pick up a surfboard.

Under the tutelage of former Pumas coach, Jimmy Stonehouse, Renaldo began to shine. He credits his coach for having the faith in him but it is evident that his burning desire to play top class rugby that has gotten him to where he is now. “I’ve had to work extremely hard to get to where I am. My family have always backed me but out here support can be difficult to find. I’ve pushed as hard as I can to be the best I can be. I’m grateful for all my opportunities and the coaches who have backed me,” said Renaldo. He was noticed by the Welwitschias while playing for the SA President’s XV against Namibia and was approached to play for them as his mother was of Namibian heritage. “I didn’t think I would be playing Super Rugby this year and I wanted to further my career by playing international rugby. Namibia still had to qualify for the World Cup so I decided to take up their offer. Namibia has since qualified so I’m really looking forward to the World Cup in England later this year.” Although traditionally Namibia is a weak performer at the World Cup and as yet to win a game in the four tournaments they have played in, Renaldo, along with his team mates, intend to change that status.

“I grew up a real farm boy. I haven’t tried to surf and I don’t think I will. To be honest, I’m afraid of the ocean [laughs],” Renaldo explains. Renaldo’s rugby journey to date is an inspiring one, especially considering that he is a talented rugby player who has not been as fortunate in receiving the same career breaks as other skilled players have. Regrettably, we will not see him wearing the green and gold for our country (because he has accepted a place in the Namibian National Team which renders him ineligible for the Springbok side), but if his performance continues draw the attention it is currently attracting, it is a very strong possibility that there may well be a more permanent position at one of the big five South African unions in his future. We certainly hope so…

Renaldo Bothma Fast Facts Hometown: Alberton High school: Volkskool Heidelberg Weight: 110 kgs Position: Loose forward Teams represented: U-19 Valke, U-19/21 Sharks, Golden Lions (Vodacom Cup/Currie Cup), Leopards (Currie Cup First Division), Pumas (Vodacom Cup/Currie Cup), Sharks (Super Rugby), SA President’s XV, Namibia.

“We want to return with a couple of wins under our belt. We need to play more consistently. It is very difficult to maintain any sort of team dynamic

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Main Feature: Swimming

Words: Karien Jonckheere | Photos: Ice Models

If the last few weeks are anything to go by, the name proved to be rather prophetic as 21-year-old Ayrton Sweeney was all speed on his way to booking a place at the Swimming World Championships to be held later this year in Kazan, Russia.

Herzlia High School

Sweeney gives much credit to national coach Graham Hill, with whom he has been training in Durban since moving up from Cape Town around two years ago. But it was racing against Van der Burgh in the semifinal of the 200m breaststroke that Sweeney says was the catalyst to his breakthrough performance in Durban, which saw him slicing a massive three seconds off his previous best time. “In the semifinal I had Cameron van der Burgh to swim against and he definitely gave me the confidence and the spirit to push on and to push with him,” explained the former Herzlia High School student. “And that’s when I took two seconds off and got much closer to the qualification time.”

“Cameron has been a tremendous inspiration. I’ve watched him for a long time and he’s always been there. I speak to him at all the galas and he’s an awesome guy, true role model and I know he gave me that confidence to swim that final and that meant a lot to me.”

Ayrton’s 2:11.64 in the 200 m breaststroke saw him dipping under the qualification time by two hundredths of a second at the recent SA Championships in Durban, meaning he’ll be on the plane alongside the likes of Olympic champions Chad le Clos (one of his training partners) and Cameron van der Burgh.

Ayrton took a further second off in the final, despite Cameron withdrawing from the final (100 m being his speciality). Ayrton shared that he woke up the morning of that final with a good feeling and a hunch that he might just do something special. As a result he decided to scratch the 400 individual medley final, which was contested that same day, to focus entirely on the breaststroke. “I’m very happy with my decision obviously but it was a bit of a nerve-wracking one as well,” he said. Speaking about the race itself, Ayrton explained: “I went out in the first 100 and pulled quite some distance on the guys but I was feeling good, my stroke was feeling good, I wasn’t feeling tired.I was feeling super relaxed. I knew the night of the semifinal I slowed down before my third turn so all I was concentrating on was hitting that third turn as hard as I could because that’s where I lost momentum.

So I hit that third turn as hard as I could. As I came up for that last length I just heard huge amounts of screaming. The crowd was just going wild, screaming for me with every stroke I was pulling. I just went on, guns blazing down that last length and touched, looked at the time… absolute euphoria – I was so excited. The crowd was going wild. It was just a magical moment.” That solitary swim (and of course the hours of gruelling training leading up to it) have opened the door to Sweeney who, after the World Championships, inevitably has his sights set on the Rio Olympics. In fact, the part-time LLB student’s time in Durban was good enough to qualify for the Olympics – but he’ll have to do it again at next year’s national championships to secure his spot on the team to South America.

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“Long term, I definitely want to qualify for Rio next year. A year out, being on those times now is quite exciting because if I hold my own I’ll qualify and I do expect to be better in the future. I’m definitely going to put in more work and just be superfocused for next year,” he said. But before all that, the focus is purely on Russia, where Sweeney has in fact competed before – at the World Student Games in 2013. He admits to having been a little overwhelmed by international

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competition on that occasion, but he’ll be better prepared this time around.

“I’m really just going in there trying to make the semifinal – and then the final. I think medals are a little bit far off right now. That would be more towards next year but obviously I just want to make it as far as I can.” His namesake certainly went as far as he could. Senna achieved

the ultimate success – being crowned world champion on three occasions. But Sweeney readily admits he doesn’t know too much about all that.

“I don’t think I’ve watched one Formula 1 race in my life – maybe some highlights, so the complete opposite of my parents there, but I’ve got the name so I think that does enough for me.”


Main Feature: Swimming

Words: Karien Jonckheere | Photos: Ice Models

More about Ayrton Training for around four hours a day, Ayrton describes being in the water as feeling at home. “After every session, whether it was a good one or a bad one – I just know afterwards my body feels great, I’m in a good mood. I’m always in a good mood when I’m in the water. I just feel at home.” He’s also more than comfortable if front of the camera, however, having recently signed with Ice Model Management in Durban. “I’ve just got into modelling so I’m trying to get that going as well. It’s anything from adverts to catwalks, catalogues, anything like that. So it’s busy at the moment. Hopefully the swimming can help out with the modelling – they can go together.” And when not training or modelling, he can be found playing Xbox, hanging out at the beach or having dinner with his teammates. “It’s pretty low-key; not a normal student life but we enjoy it.”

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MAIN Feature: RUGBY

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

Born: 5 May 1995 Place of birth: Cape Town, South Africa School attended: Paarl Boys’ High School Position Prop Height: 1.88 m Weight: 120 kg

★ PLAYER TO WATCH ★ Normally a player only gets one opportunity to represent the Junior Springboks at the World Rugby U-20 Championship. There are a few who repeat the honour and Thomas du Toit, 19, may get to give it another crack after being included in the revised squad that will travel to Argentina to contest two warm up matches against Los Pumitas in May. His career has exploded since finishing school at Paarl Boys’ High School in 2013. He made his Super Rugby debut for the Sharks a few months into 2014 and gained international experience when he represented the Barbarians against Australia and English club Leicester Tigers.

Paarl Boys’ High School

Unfortunately for Thomas the Sharks have the incumbent Springbok front row at their disposal so he finds himself playing off the bench in most matches but his limited game time has not failed to impress Junior Springbok coach Dawie Theron. The experience gained playing with Springboks is second to none for the young prop.

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Thomas du Toit Dan Lombard’s Player to Watch

“The last two years have been a learning experience and I have tried to absorb as much as I can. The older players are very open to helping me out with my game. The Beast [Tendai Mtawarira] is an exceptional person both on and off the field and has guided me a lot. What I like the most is the experienced guys always give credit where it is due. There’s no jealously or at least none that I’ve seen or heard,” said Thomas. The burly loosehead prop will be an assest to Dawie Theron’s Junior Springboks with his wealth of experience having playing Super Rugby. His Sharks commitments made it difficult for him to be an active part of the team but he has been working hard to learn the Junior Boks lineout calls and plays while turning out for the Sharks. “It was difficult to contribute towards the Junior Boks as I’m with Sharks. When I’m with the guys I give my best at training sessions. I don’t expect to start as I’ve not been with the team a heck of a lot. I just want to excel in whatever the team asks of me,” explained Thomas. Thomas’ predicament of not being involved with the Junior Boks was solved when the Sharks released him from their squad ahead of their Australasian tour so that he could join the Junior Boks in Stellenbosch which could be an indication that he may well be going to Italy. He is confident that this year’s squad has what it takes to go overseas and return with the trophy. Thomas believes that the match against the Varsity Cup Dream Team is not indicative of their ability. In fact, it was the perfect exercise to fix the issues before the global showpiece.

“The Junior Bok squad this year is extremely talented. A few good players are going to watch from home as only 28 will crack the nod. We can definitely go all the time way in Italy. The older guys have a score to settle after last year’s disappointing loss in the final,” said Thomas. The Junior Boks will be a stronger outfit with Thomas in their ranks. Whether he starts or warms the bench he is sure to have an impact in Italy. South African rugby has little to fear after the World Cup as the pack of young props, led by Thomas, coming through the ranks are more than capable of carrying the Springboks on their shoulders in seasons to come.

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MAIN Feature: RUGBY

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

Thomas du Toit Fast Facts Teams represented: Youth career: Boland Cavaliers, Western Province Senior career: Natal Sharks, Sharks Representative teams: SA Schools (2013), SA Under-20, Barbarians

The revised Junior Springbok squad to tour Argentina: Forwards (20) Thomas du Toit (Sharks) Joseph Dweba (Free State Cheetahs) Frans van Wyk (Western Province) Abongile Nonkontwana (Blue Bulls) RG Snyman (Blue Bulls) CJ Velleman (EP Kings) Jean-Luc du Preez (Sharks) Hanro Liebenberg (Blue Bulls) Ox Nche (Free State Cheetahs) Jan van der Merwe (Blue Bulls) Conrad van Vuuren (Free State Cheetahs) Jason Jenkins (Blue Bulls) Hyron Andrews (Sharks) Jacques Vemeulen (Western Province) Rikus Bothma (Western Province) Mzamo Majola (Sharks) Reinach Venter (Free State Cheetahs) Ruan Kramer (Sharks) Dan du Preez (Sharks) Walt Steenkamp (Leopards) Backs (17) Justin Phillips (Western Province) Brandon Thompson (Western Province) Leolin Zas (Western Province) Daniel du Plessis (Western Province) Warrick Gelant (Blue Bulls) Jinx Molapo (Blue Bulls) Grant Hermanus (Western Province) Ivan van Zyl (Blue Bulls) Ernst Stapelberg (Western Province) Khanyo Ngcukana (Western Province) Adrian Maebane (Blue Bulls) JT Jackson (Blue Bulls) EW Viljoen (Western Province) Marco Janse van Vuuren (Golden Lions) Innocent Radebe (Sharks) Malcolm Jaer (EP Kings) Remu Malan (Western Province)

★ PLAYER TO WATCH ★

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Youth story: Soccer

Words: Bertin Basson and Phumzile Ngcatshe | Photos: Supplied

Amajimbos recently became the first South African team to ever qualify for the U-17 FIFA World Cup to be held in Chile later this year. The excitement around Coach Molefi Ntseki’s squad is therefore understandable, and the interest will continue to build as the tournament edges closer. Ntseki’s team qualified for Chile 2015 after their second place finish in the 2015 African Youth Championships held in Niger. Although they lost 2-0 to Mali in the final, they managed to qualify for the FIFA U-17 World Cup after beating Cameroon 3-1 and Nigeria 1-0, two crucial results against major African opposition. The top four finishers in this African tournament are the teams that qualify for the U-17 World Cup. Mali and South Africa will be joined by Guinea and Nigeria as Africa’s representatives come the tournament in October this year. Game On Magazine spoke to some of the key members of the South African team as well as coach Ntseki.

Mondli Mpoto

(goalkeeper)

“I learned a lot in the tournament and I’m proud to have been part of the team that qualified for the World Cup. Playing in a foreign country means you have to be on your guard at all times. We tried our best to achieve what we achieved and we’re proud. This is a huge step for us as a junior national side because qualifying for the world cup means we’ve made the nation proud. The spirit was high in camp as we have a good coach who was always behind us.”

Nelson Maluleka

(midfielder & captain)

“It was a great tournament for us where we worked very hard to achieve the results. We are happy to have made the country proud and becoming the first junior side to qualify for the World Cup. We didn’t have one of the best starts but credit must go to the Coach for instilling that ‘never-say-die’ attitude in us; he believed in us and we went on to play in the final. He always pushed us not to be intimidated because of our lack of support in Niger. As a skipper, he always told me the importance of communication with the rest of the team. I followed his orders and we eventually became a better team. I think we’ll also go to Chile and do well.”

Wiseman Meyiwa

(midfielder)

“Well, I’m glad and over the moon to be part of the team that participated in the championships. In terms of qualifying for the World Cup, that was God’s aim and wish.

We played and obviously we were planning to go to Chile later this year, but He (God) made it a reality. I’m thankful to God and we’ll keep working hard. We thank everyone who supported us especially our supporters.”

Katlego Mohamme (defender) “Well it is a great achievement for us and we are very excited as we are the first team to qualify for the world cup. And yeah, it really was a great experience getting to compete with the difficult weather situation and against more physical players. I believe we worked hard and got better results as the tournament went on.”

Khanyisa Mayo (striker)

“I learned a lot during the tournament because it was my first AYC (Africa Youth Championships) as a player; and playing in Africa was a big thing for us. We played against big, physical players but we were never intimidated but played our own football. We passed the ball around, moved into spaces and that worked for us. We managed to beat Nigeria and Cameroon as a result, and I’m proud of being part of that team. Our Coach told us to take our game to the next level after we have qualified for the World Cup. Every player wants to go there and we must work hard to ensure we come back with better results. We’re the first in our country within this age group to go there to the World Cup, and we believe we can do well. It was unfortunate to lose in the AYC final (to Mali) but we’re proud of ourselves!”

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Amajimbos coach Molefi Ntseki has risen into one of South Africa’s finest new generation coaches and what he has done with the U-17 has been nothing short of heroic. Ntseki opens up exclusively to Game On about the plans for Chile and the achievements thus far. Coach, did you expect your boys to do so well in Niger and successfully qualify for this year’s World Cup?

“I think when we left South Africa ahead of the tournament (Africa Youth Championships) we said ‘Road to Chile’ and this is what we aimed for. Our preparations were key. I think it was all about applying ourselves and analyzing your opponents ahead of the match. We prepared ourselves for every match and made sure we knew how the opposition line-up. We were tactically prepared for every team and approached each game accordingly. Credit to the boys and the technical team for executing the plan as well as they did.” What is the U-17 team’s schedule like leading up to the World Cup in October?

“I think we are in a very dicey situation because the players have played in a lot of tournaments before and after the AYC. Most of

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them were involved in the Easter weekend Bayhill Tournament so we couldn’t have a training camp during the Easter school holidays. The friendly game against Mali in Nelspruit, where we only had some of the players available, helped us a lot as we got to see some players that will be able to slot in if a certain player was unable to make the World Cup. We did well against Mali in that game, and we will have another camp in the mid-year school holidays. “ What are your expectations of this side at the World Cup in Chile?

“I think the most important thing for us is to prepare well, line-up a few friendly matches against teams from different continents and get an idea, a picture of what we can expect later this year. The team played very well in Niger and I have no doubt we will perform well in Chile.” What do you think are the current strengths of the Amajimbos squad?

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problems at the beginning of the tournament in defence and as the tournament progressed we sorted that out. The good thing about this team is that we score goals.

The full Squad that qualified for Chile

If you score goals you are likely to win matches, but if you don’t concede you are likely to win championships so that we must remember.

Mondli Mpoto (SuperSport Academy), Sanele Tshabalala (Bidvest Wits Academy), Sizwe Skei (Kaizer Chiefs Academy)

I would say our strength at the moment lies in our attack”. People are really excited by these boys. Do you think we have a golden generation on our hands?

“Yeah, if you look at what the U-20 side from 2009 achieved in Egypt at the U-20 World Cup, most of those players are now regulars for top clubs in the PSL. I think that golden group proved that whenever you go through a tournament at World Cup level and do well at the said tournament, then you set yourself up for a very good career.

Goalkeepers:

Defenders: Simon Nqoi (SuperSport Academy), Notha Ngcobo (Mamelodi Sundowns Academy), Reeve Frosler (Bidvest Wits Academy), Riyaaz Ismali (Hellenic FC), Keanu Cupido (Diambars), Thendo Mukumela (Nywanani Young Chiefs FC, Limpopo), Katlego Mohamme (SuperSport Academy), Athenkosi Dlala (SuperSport Academy)

Midfielders: Wiseman Meyiwa (Kaizer Chiefs Academy), Nelson Maluleke (SuperSport Academy), Sibongakonke Mbatha (School of Excellence), Liam Jordan (Bidvest Wits), Malebogo Modise (Mamelodi Sundowns Academy), Thabiso Monyane (Orlando Pirates Academy), Vuyo Mantjie (Harmony Academy)

Strikers: Luvuyo Mkhatshana (Bidvest Wits Academy), Khanyisa Mayo (SuperSport Academy), Edwin Sekhwama (School of Excellence)

We should take care of these players and get them to clubs where they will play and enjoy a good career, which will continue to build them into better players. By doing this we are creating players who have a good chance to go on and do well for Bafana Bafana in the future.”

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Stuart White SA’s “Baby Vettle”

Stuart White SA’s “Baby Vettle” Bloemfontein’s Grey College is an enigma within South Africa’s educational system. The school produces top achievers in academics and sport like a never ending conveyor belt. Amongst the 160 year old school walls is another emerging prodigy, Stuart ‘Stuwie’ White.

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Grey College


Youth story: Carting

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

Interestingly Stuart, 13, is not a rugby player. He doesn’t smash tennis balls on a court or swim countless laps. His passion lies on an oil stained track with the fumes of petrol hanging heavy in the air. Stuart, or ‘Baby Vettel’ as he is affectionately known, has been in the driver’s seat for the past six years. He had his breakout year in 2013 where he walked away as a double South African champion after winning the National 60cc Vortex Rok Championship and the 60cc Rotax Maxterino Championships. We contacted him while he was racing overseas and asked him a bit about himself and his racing:

GOM: How and why did you get involved in karting?

GOM: Do you have a training schedule/coach?

Stuart: I grew up in a motorsport environment with my dad David. He used to compete in off road racing in the South African Championships. Kart racing is also the safest motorsport for a five year old, which is when I started.

Stuart: I train on weekends in either Vereeniging or Zwartkops in Pretoria as there is no karting track in Bloemfontein. We travel a lot between the two tracks. I am part of a professional karting team – Blue Label Telecoms Roos Kart Team. The team is doing extremely well and is run by Etienne Roos. Etienne is a former Karting World Champion and brings so much experience to the team.

GOM: Why are you called “Baby Vettle”?

Stuart: The media started calling me that because of my admiration of F1 driver Sebastian Vettel and my helmet design.

GOM: Are you sponsored?

Stuart: I do not have a personal sponsor but Blue Label Telecom is the main sponsor for the Roos Kart Team. GOM: Motorsport is not a mainstream sport in South Africa, is it difficult to get the support needed?

Stuart: Yes especially for sponsorship. GOM: Who has inspired you?

Stuart: My dad David as well as the F1 driver Sebastian Vettel.

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GOM: Who is your biggest supporter/s?

Stuart: My immediate support comes from my family, friends and my team members. I have a lot of supporters in Bloemfontein who follow my achievements on Facebook, my website and through the media. GOM: Have you met any famous racing drivers while you have been racing, and if so, who are they and did any of them stand out for you as a personality?

Stuart: Rick Dreezen – FIA CIK European Champion 2014 in Karting. He taught me to keep on fighting to achieve my dreams and to never stop working hard. I met F1 drivers Jano Trulli and Alexander Rossi. Locally, I have met Sarel van der Merwe and I’m good friends with Alfie Cox. GOM: Who do you feel is your strongest competition in SA and why?

Stuart: Delon Thompson. He is very dedicated to the sport and I rate him highly. GOM: Who would you like to beat internationally and why?

Stuart: I want to be the world number 1 so I need to beat everyone. GOM: What is the best racing advice you have ever been given and by whom?

Stuart: Etienne Roos, my team principle, said to me that the motorsport environment is tough and highly competitive. There is so much that can go wrong but I must stay focused and work hard to achieve my goals. GOM: Your favourite karting memory?

Stuart: My favorite karting memory was in 2013 when I became a Double SA Champion in the Mini Rok and Maxterino Championship. I finished 8th overall in the World ROK Finals in Italy. I received my Junior Protea colours for these achievements. GOM: How do you qualify to race overseas?

Stuart: There is no qualification for racing overseas. You do need the infrastructure and support to compete internationally. This is where Etienne helps me a lot.

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Youth story: Carting

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

GOM: Your future goals with regards to racing?

Stuart: I want to make a career out of racing so I will have to move overseas either to Europe or the USA. It is vital that I start making a name for myself on the international circuit. GOM: What do you do for fun and relaxation?

Stuart: I don’t really have time for relaxation but when the opportunity arises I catch up on sleep, fish and go on 4x4 drives. I enjoy watching the F1 Grand Prix and Moto GP. GOM: How do you balance school work and training/racing?

Stuart: I try my best not to fall behind with school, through hard work and dedication. Education and discipline is a fundamental part of motorsport. GOM: Do you play any other sport?

Stuart: I play cricket and hockey but it is difficult to participate in other sports as I want to focus on my racing. GOM: Any advice for other drivers?

Stuart: To achieve your goals, you need to work hard, be dedicated and never give up.

StuWIE “BABY VETTLE” White Stuart’s passion for racing and the hard work he puts in for someone of his age puts him in good stead for many podium finishes on the big stage in a few years time. South Africa could very well have the next Sebastian Vettel in Stuart.

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with David White (Stuwie’s Dad): 1. How do you balance work with supporting your son to race locally and internationally? I am very fortunate that I have partners in the business that understand and are very supportive. Most of work is web based so I can do it anywhere. 2. If a parent wanted their child to get into Karting, how do they go about it? Are there clubs, associations? Yes there is clubs they can join: Vereeniging Kart Club, Northern Regions Kart Club, Western Cape Kart Club and KZN Kart Club. There are teams that take in beginners. I would suggest if someone is interested in getting into karting that they get in touch with one of the teams or clubs to get professional advice. They will help to source the right equipment. 3. What are the financial aspects to karting e.g. how much would a parent spend a year on supporting their child (approx) to participate competitively based on your own experience? It all depends on what level the driver wants to compete in. To compete at regional level is about R70 000. To compete nationally and regionally is R140 000 while racing internationally is R70 000 per race. 4. Stuwie says he needs to urgently compete internationally to get recognised. Do you have any plans in the next couple of years to support this? Yes, we just returned from Europe yesterday , where he competed in four races over the last month. He raced twice in Lonato south of Garda in Italy and we used this for practice and to gather data for the Vortex Rok World Cup in October. Stuwie qualified 7th out of 40 drivers for the X30 European Cup and finished 6th overall. The difference between him and first place was just 0.044 seconds. Stuwie was nominated by Motorsport South Africa to represent South Africa for the FIA Karting Academy Trophy. There are 51 competitors from 40 countries that entered the 3 race series. The first is in May in Spain, the 2nd is in Genk, (in Belgium) in July, and the Le Mans France in September. He will also race in the Vortex Autumn Cup and the Vortex Rok World Cup in Lonato in October.

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DHS vs Glenwood

Durban

CC

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Humansdorp vs Pearson/Woodridge

Humansdorp

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Jim Fouche vs Sentraal ★

Bloemfontein

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HS Klerksdorp vs HS Lichtenburg ★

Klerksdorp

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Eldoraigne vs Zwartkop ★

Pretoria

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Transvalia vs Vereeniging Gim

Vanderbijlpark

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HS Sasolburg vs HTS Sasolburg

Sasolburg

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Potch Volkies vs Potch Gimmies ★

Potchefstroom

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Marais Viljoen vs Florida ★

Johannesburg

CC

30 May 2015

HS Ben Vorster vs HS Pietersburg ★

Tzaneen

CC

30 May 2015

Driehoek vs Dr Malan ★

Vanderbijlpark

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Witteberg vs Bethlehem Voortrekker ★

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KYLE DOHNE IS PADDLING MILES FOR SMILES

Kyle Dohne

is Paddling

Miles for Smiles Adventure enthusiast and local KZN sugarcane farmer, Kyle Dohne (28), is to attempt to break the world record for the longest distance paddled non-stop in the open ocean in 24 hours, to raise awareness for the Miles for Smiles Foundation – and at the same time hopefully give 100 children a smile of their own. The record, of 196km, was last set in 1986 by America’s Randy Fine off the coast of Florida.

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Feature: Canooing

Words: UrbanHouse Media | Photos: Provided

Part of Kyle’s journey will also involve paddling for five days during daylight hours between Maputo and Durban with the recordbreaking attempt taking place on one of these five days.

In what promises to be an adventure of a life-time, Kyle’s journey will also be the first documented paddle between these two cities’ ports which he hopes will raise awareness and at the same time raise enough funds to enable 100 operations to correct cleft lips and palates of 100 children. “The day I choose to go for the record will depend on the weather conditions and on how strong I am feeling at the time. I think paddling through the night is going to be the biggest challenge for me, both mentally and physically,” said Kyle. This endeavour forms part of Kyle’s attempt to paddle in a surf-ski in the open sea from Maputo to Durban sometime in May over five days covering a distance of approximately 288 nautical miles or 534km. The exact date of Kyle’s expedition is largely dependent on the weather and the prevailing winds, as both these play a big role in the success of the challenge. Together with a small support crew aboard a yacht carrying food, medical and hydration supplies, Kyle will paddle from port to port during daylight hours and on one of the five days, choosing a good

weather day, Kyle will attempt to break the previous world record of 196km. An accomplished paddler, Kyle was looking for an endurance adventure to satisfy both his love of paddling and at the same time participate in a quest which would also benefit those not as fortunate as himself.

“I needed a challenge “beyond the normal” and started to look for something interesting that played to my strengths and weaknesses. I have always been interested in athletes that pushed the boundaries. With paddling and the ocean both being passions of mine, an enduro-paddle between Maputo and Durban really appealed to me,” said Kyle.

think how lucky our family is that, firstly they are both healthy and secondly that we have the means to look after their health,” said Kyle. Kyle has set his goal at raising R500 000 which would mean 100 operations for children born with cleft and lip abnormalities. Cleft lips and cleft palates are the fourth most common birth defects in the world and are typically corrected shortly after a baby’s birth. However, for many children in rural areas, medical treatment is not available. Often these children cannot eat, speak, or even breathe properly. Due to low self-esteem, as well as feelings of isolation, these children often live as social outcasts.

“My journey will both satisfy my dreams of participating in an adventure challenge and be a part of making a real difference in people’s lives,” said Kyle. To support Kyle’s challenge visit http://milesforsmiles.co.za/themoyizela-challenge

“I first came across Miles for Smiles when friends of mine rode their motorbikes up into Africa for the cause. Since then my niece and nephew have been born and it made me

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Dan Lombard is getting his Game On

LOMBARD is getting his Dan’s motto of “Accept, Adapt, Thrive” is clear testimony to his amazing inner strength and determination to live life fully, not miss a moment or let his challenges or his past hinder his clear and committed resolve to be independent, successful and continue to be involved in Rugby, the sport which inspires him to be more! Dan has been writing for us since our December issue of the magazine, and he has contributed hugely to the quality of our articles. We are totally awed by his ability to type with his tongue! Dan has one of the most amazing work ethics I have ever had the privilege of working with and he delivers his articles well within deadlines and has an incredible capacity to research, write and keep abreast of his work despite being laid up in hospital for the last 4-5 weeks with a pressure sore and surgery. Dan, you are definitely our man! – Dee Hean, GOM Editor

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Leadership & Motivation: JOURNALISM

Interview: Dee Hean | Photos: Provided

ABOUT DAN 1. Dan, we met you through the magazine and as you have become an intrinsic part of our Game On Team, and we felt that our readers would be interested in knowing more about you. Please share with us how you became a quadriplegic. On Tuesday, 13 May 2008, I broke my neck during a rugby practice at Pretoria Boys, severing my spinal cord. The injury left me as a C4/5 quadriplegic. I was in Grade 12. 2. How has this changed your feelings about rugby? It has made my love for the game stronger. I love being a part of rugby. It is really difficult to explain. I can tell you this, my mom is not too happy about it but she supports me anyway. It does not stop her from telling me what a barbaric game it is but it all falls on deaf ears. 3. What would you like to see change about the way rugby is played at a school level, and competitively in South Africa?

★ Age: 25

★ High School:

Pretoria Boys High School

★ Varsity/College:

University of Pretoria

★ Lives in: Pretoria

★ Occupation:

Journalist (mainly sport) Student

School rugby has been at the edge of a precipice for the last several seasons. I feel a decision needs to be made whether school rugby should embrace semi-professionalism. Not in the sense of paying school rugby players, but implementing the correct structures (nutrition, strength and conditioning programmes etc) to develop players. Right now, some schools are and others not, which is creating a rift in playing ability among school players. At a professional level, I would like to see an all-round approach. This should start at school level, but be enforced by professional coaches. Players need to play the space not the face, which means they should let the ball do the work and not try to bash their way through defences. Another ‘pet peeve’ of mine is the option taking when a team is awarded a penalty. In most instances, a team opts to kick a penalty goal if in range. The possibility of missing is 50/50. So why not go for a lineout and push for a try? The chances of not scoring are the same. Rugby scoring has become too safe. It is irritating to watch, and I take my hat off to the Varsity Cup Management for changing the point scoring to encourage tries.

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4. I have read your bio on your website: www. rugbyfromawheelchair.com [1] and perceive a strong desire to make a difference in sport and in life, can you share what these are?

I’m passionate about rugby safety. I’m the Blue Bulls BokSmart ambassador and I believe in what BokSmart is trying to do wholeheartedly. I never want a player to have to go through what I did and still do. Quadriplegia is a lifelong problem. So those of you who attend the BokSmart courses, pay attention as you will never know the number of players you save, only the ones who were injured. 5. Do you hold any sportsmen/women in high regard, and why?

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Without a doubt Victor Matfield. I admire his understanding of the game. He is simply phenomenal. I modelled my game around Bakkies Botha as the enforcer for whichever team I played for. I was forever being pulled off some poor guy. 6. Your journalistic skills are becoming more in demand, why journalism and what are your life goals in terms of career aspirations? I stumbled into writing. At school, I was fairly good at English especially creative writing. When I left school I studied psychology at Tuks, but did not enjoy it, although I completed my degree. In 2012, a few of my friends suggested I start a blog and it all unfolded from there.

My passion has grown in leaps and bounds with passing my Honours in journalism at Tuks in 2014 being my biggest achievement to date. I would like to work in communications for a rugby union. That’s my current career aspiration.


Leadership & Motivation: JOURNALISM

Interview: Dee Hean | Photos: Provided

7. Obviously being a quad is hugely challenging in itself, we would like our readers to understand better what it means to operate your business and life from this perspective, what do you find the biggest obstacles (like accessibility/ people’s attitudes/health challenges) and how do you manage them. It is quite simply what you make of your circumstances. I’ve never let my disability get me down. I returned to school after my rehab and completed my schooling in 2008. I moved into university residence the next year and have not returned home since. I served as a house committee member for my residence (the first quadriplegic in Tuks’ history to do so), held student jobs and basically led a full student life including coming home at 6 in the morning from clubbing a couple of times. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel and create memories such as celebrating New Years in New York City and snapping photos atop the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

There are obviously negatives. I’m dealing with a pressure sore at the moment. People can be incredibly nasty and highly judgemental. I’ve lost friends, relationships, jobs because of my disability but it is not about the negatives.

It is about living in the positives, no matter how small. Pushing the elevator button by yourself is one of the most liberating things to do. 8. Please share with us what brings you the most enjoyment personally and professionally?

Rugby, rugby, rugby. It may make me sound single minded but it is what drives me. Writing about rugby allows me to pick up the ball, to tackle a player and feel the turf under my studs. I’ve also started venturing out into other sports which I’m enjoying.

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I enjoy reading, I grew up reading and was never really interested in PC games. I like to fill my head with as much information and can absorb everything which is a characteristic that helps me in my work. I love a good old braai and eat meat like a carnivore. Something I miss terribly is the ocean, I have fond memories of mucking about in the ocean whether surfing with a mate or on my dad’s back as he took me out as a youngster. Something I try to do is help people in whatever way possible. I have an ongoing joke with my female friends as they find it very easy to breakdown in front of me. No matter where we are.

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9. Who do you feel are the up and coming rugby players in South Africa to watch in 2015? South Africa is an endless conveyor belt of young talent. The Kriel twins, Jesse and Dan, are an example of that. Hanro Liebenberg is a shining star in the making. Innocent Radebe has the ability to be a great player. Vincent Koch is a scrummaging machine. There are simply too many to mention.


Leadership & Motivation: JOURNALISM

Interview: Dee Hean | Photos: Provided

10. Do you have any saying/motto that you live by? They have changed over the years but I’ve settled on Accept, Adapt, Thrive. The first two words is the motto of a fellow quadriplegic based in the UK but, in my eyes, what’s the point of accepting and adapting if you do not thrive as a result.

11. When you fall down (in the dumps) who supports you most through that, and what guidance would you share with other young people who have mobility impairments that would support them to find purpose and strength to become independent and live life fully as you are doing? It is very important for a quadriplegic to have a solid support structure. The support comes from various sources but the main contenders are my family and friends depending on what the issue is. I get support from strangers, colleagues and peers. It really is difficult to pinpoint them. I’m trying a new kind of therapy to help me externalise any negativity instead of bottling it up within myself. To those out there struggling, it starts with a decision. A decision that only you can make. The decision is whether you can or cannot do something. To be blunt, very few people care about your special needs. And I agree, you and I are not special. We have just been dealt a bad hand but that does not mean we cannot produce a royal flush.

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12. What inspired you to contact Game On and ask if they required freelance journalists? It was just before I left for Dubai in December 2014. I had finished up my Honours and needed to source a bit of work to build a name for myself. Game On did a story on a quadriplegic and friend of mine, Gerhard Swarts. I was impressed by the scope and look of the magazine and decided to just give it a shot. As it turns out it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. 13. What do you enjoy most about being part of the Game On family? The camaraderie. I work for four different publications and Game On is the only one where I can call my editor and talk shop for 5 minutes and then spend the next 30 minutes talking about the weather, icecream or ballet. I feel that at Game On I’m not just valued as a writer but as a person.

14. Lastly, is there any question that I have not asked about a topic or area of your life, that you would like to share with our readers? Just remember that quadriplegics (or any other disabled person) is a person with dreams and fears. Treat them as you would any other “normal” person because at the end of the day we just move a little differently.

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Game On Sports News: Cycling

Pretoria's new cycle race to rival South Africa's biggest Words by: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

The inaugural Bestmed Capital Classic road race will be held on May 18 and it is expected to be one of the best rides in South Africa.

The 99km race will begin at SuperSport Park in Centurion and the safety of participants will be paramount with sections of the N1 and N14 freeways closed off.

sports news

The event will begin at 7am so even the most social of riders will be able to finish before the 2pm cutoff. There will be massage therapists to take care of aches and pains as well as bike mechanics to fix any kinks in rider's bicycles. The Pretoria Family Festival held at the same venue will make this an experience for everyone. For more information please call

076 621 1807

or send an email to

eventsupport@asgworld.co.za.

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Dan Lombard The 444 of Caleb Tennant is back

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The

444

of

Caleb Tennant is back Words: Monster Energy SA | Photos: Monster Energy SA

Caleb Tennant hasn’t been seen on the race scene since he finished 3rd in the the MX2 class in 2013. In 2014 Caleb was forced to turn in the towel due to financial setbacks and went to go work full time for his father while saving up to get back on a bike. He missed riding so much that he started making calls to Laren van der Westhuizen, current trainer John Wakefield, Shaun Pautz and Cecil Penny Racing with the help of TLB Monster Energy Yamaha they organised him a ride. In January 2015 while preparing for the season ahead riding at his home track Zone 7 Caleb suffered a bad crash, with his front wheel collapsing on a table top, cracking ribs and breaking his collar bone putting him out of action for over 2 months. Mid way through March Caleb

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got back on his bike and started preparing for the 2nd round of the South African Motocross Nationals which is being held in Cape Town. Caleb asked we extend thanks for him publically… “Id like to thank all my sponsors, mechanic Shaun Pautz, trainer John Wakefield but a special has to go out to Laren van der Westhuizen who pushed me to get back on my bike again. I look forward to racing against the countries best again on Saturday.” Caleb is currently sponsored by: TLB Monster Energy Yamaha, Cecil Penny Racing, Pelotrain, MP suspension, SFS Freight, Moving Muscles, Von Zipper, Racestar Graffix, FIST, Thor, FMF, Gaerne, Motul, Shoei, Pirelli, Portable-Shade.

A new video on Cape Town local Caleb Tennant has just been released and we wanted to share this with you and the world.  Its been a long time coming and its extremely exciting to see him back on a bike in 2015 and we wish him well for the season.  He took the time out 2 weeks ago to go film with close friend Thomas Sandell to produce a project called: RISE.


Game On Sports News: Netball

UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG

sports news

UJ Netball to be coached by former Protea Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

Former Protea netball player, Leigh-Ann Zackey-Smal, has been appointed head coach of the UJ netball team after a short stint with NWU-Pukke. Leigh-Ann took over the University of Johannesburg reigns in February and will be looking to win the University Sports South Africa (USSA) netball tournament hosted by UJ. The university would like to improve on their sixth place finish last year. Leigh-Ann had a stellar career for the Proteas from 2003-2011 where she played in a pair of Commonwealth Games and World Cups. Before her national selection she represented Rand Afrikaans University, now UJ. She also made SA Schools in 1998 and 2000 and played for the South African U-21 team for two years.

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Dan Lombard SA’s Wöstmann takes gold at the Two Oceans Marathon 2015

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SA's Caroline Wöstmann takes gold at the Two Oceans Marathon 2015 Contributed by Dan Lombard

Caroline Wöstmann became the first South African women to win the Two Oceans Marathon since Gwen van Lingen in 2001. Caroline, who runs for Nedbank, took the gold in a time of 3:41:23 which was 70 minutes faster then her 2014 time. Russian Nina Podnebesnova took

silver in 3:44:04 and Two Oceans debutant Tanith Maxwell took bronze with a finish in 3:45:18. The men's race was dominated by foreign runners. Lesotho's Motlokoa Nkhabutlane (3:10:27) and Moeketsi Mosuhli (3:13:44) finished first and third respectively while Zimbabwe's Collen Makaza won the silver in a time of 3:12:41.

Race results 56 km Men 1st:

Motlokoa Nkhabutlane

2nd:

Collen Makaza (Zimbabwe) (3:12:41)

3rd:

Moeketsi Mosuhli

(Lesotho)

3:10:27

(Lesotho – Maxed Elite)

3:13:44 56 km Women

1st:

Caroline Wöstmann

(Nedbank)

2nd:

Nina Podnebesnova

(Russia)

3rd:

Tanith Maxwell

(Boxer Superstores)

3:41:23 3:44:04 3:45:18 21 km Men

Stephen Lesego Mokoka

(Transnet)

2nd:

Elroy Gelant

(Boxer Superstores)

3rd:

Joel Mmone

(Nedbank)

1st:

1:04:00 1:04:04 1:04:05 21 km Women

Lebogang Phalula

(Boxer Superstores)

2nd:

Mapaseka Makhanya

(Boxer Superstores)

3rd:

Diana Lebo Phalula

(Maxed Elite)

1st:

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Game On Sports News: Martial Arts

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South Africa attends 1st TAFISA World Martial Arts Games in Canada Contributed by Philna van Veijeren | Photos: Provided

1st Tafisa World Martial Arts Games

Last year, South Africa became a proud member of TAFISA - The Association For International Sport For All, and MASA were invited to participate in the 1st TAFISA World Martial Arts Games in Richmond, Canada on 3-7 September 2014.

A team of 20 members were selected, of which 13 went to participate, with Shihan James Vermaak as National Coach and Master Louise Viviers, the president of Martial Arts South Africa (MASA), as Team Manager. Four of the team members were juniors under the age 18. Sadly, due to the lack of funding available from national sporting structures, each team member had to raise R40-R42 000 each in order to be able to attend this event to represent South Africa. The team’s positive and friendly attitude soon had them popular among the 12 participating countries. In the end the team took home 33 medals, of which the 4 juniors won 3 gold, 2 silver and a bronze in Forms, Weapons, Point and Continuous Fighting.

The junior members – Keagen Rowe from Tygervalley College (17), Zenita Peens (15) from Sasolburg High, Pitso Molefe (11) and Jodi Verwey (10) both from Aliwal North School- especially made their team proud, through their hard work and training during the championship, as well as their discipline and adherence to authority. 2016 looks to be an exciting year for MASA, as South Africa will host the Arnold Sports Festival on 27 – 29 May 2016, as well as possibly hosting the TAFISA World Martial Arts Games should MASA be able to secure a written contract to ensure participation by TAFISA and obtain IOC sanctioning, for this event, which would be attended from around the world.

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Dan Lombard 17 year old Michael Copeland makes SA U-19 tennis team

sports news St John’s College

17 year old Michael Copeland makes SA U-19 tennis team Contributed by Dan Lombard

Michael Copeland, a Grade 11 learner at St John's College, has made the South Africa U-19 tennis team off the back of a good showing at the SA Schools tournament in March. Micheal represented Central Gauteng as their number one seed and ended second overall. He along with three other players will travel to the United Kingdom in the June/July holidays. This will be the first time that Micheal has represented South Africa at age group level. The tour will see the SA U-19 team playing a match against a Scotland team in Edinburgh and a match against an England team at the Sutton Tennis Club in Wimbledon, London.

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Game On Sports News: Fencing

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NMMU to host national ranking fencing competition Contributed by Dan Lombard

Fencing South Africa announced that the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University [NMMU] will play host to the Eastern Cape's first national ranking competition. NMMU

The competition will be held at NMMU'S Missionvale campus between August 21-23. The competition is being organised by local fencing club Excelsior Fencing EC and is expected to draw the top fencers in the country to the Windy City come August. Fencing is a rapidly growing sport at NMMU and the institution has some of the finest fencers in the country. Xabiso Nyati and Chumani Nyezi did NMMU proud when they finished in the Top 10 at the University Sports South Africa tournament in 2014.

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Dan Lombard Paul Roos 1st XI hockey conquer the Netherlands

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Paul Roos 1st XI hockey conquer the Netherlands Contributed by Dan Lombard

Paul Roos Gimnasium travelled to the Netherlands to play hockey against some of the best in the world during the April holidays. They returned unbeaten having won five and drawn once. The tour formed part of the school’s 150th birthday celebrations and was an accumulative effort of various stakeholders. The touring party was made of 28 players split into two teams with the tour providing a two fold purpose. The first team were made up players who will represent the 1st XI this year while the second was a development team for 2016.

Paul Roos Gimnasium

PRG played against club sides as the Dutch don’t have school teams. The tour was throughly enjoyed by players and management alike and has set PRG on the right track for 2015. Paul Roos Gim’s Netherlands tour results:

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PRG

0–0

Ringpass

PRG

4–2

Kleine Switzerland

PRG

8–0

Dordrecht

PRG

4–3

Braxgata

PRG

2–0

Taxandria

PRG

2–1

LOHC


Game On Sports News: Lifesaving

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Lifesaving News Contributed by Philna van Veijeren | Photos: Topfoto

The South African Lifesaving Championships this year are being held from April to 2 May 2015. 09-11/04/15 23/04/15 24-26/04/15

Thur - Sat

2015 LSA Surf Nippers National Championships

Strand, Cape Town

Thur

2015 LSA Surf Masters National Championships

Pirates (Battery Beach) KZN

Fri - Sun

2015 LSA Surf Jnr/ Snr National Championships

Pirates (Battery Beach) KZN

2015 LSA Stillwater National 29-30/04/15 Wed - Thur Championships - Indoor Pool Events

Kings Park Swimming Pool, KZN

01/05/15

Fri

2015 LSA Stillwater National Championships - Indoor Pool Events

Kings Park Swimming Pool, KZN

02/05/15

Sat

2015 LSA Stillwater National Championships - Openwater Events

Addington Beach, KZN

Last year, the games were championed by the teams from Gauteng North in the swimming pool section and Western Province in the open water dam competition, making them the teams to beat this year.

There is a competition in every age group from seven years and up, with every two years grouped together. Competitors partake in provincial context. There are three different categories in which the lifesavers can compete –

swimming pool, dam and ocean, each with a number of different items to partake in. Be sure not to miss this competition, for it promises to be action-packed. Watch our Facebook and Twitter Feeds for results.

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Dan Lombard Amoré Theron smashes the South African U-18 shotput record

Amoré Theron won gold for shotput at the SA Championships for the physically disabled. She threw the shotput 5,30m breaking the SA U-18 record by 23cm.

sports news

Amoré Theron smashes the South African U-18 shotput record Contributed by Dan Lombard | Photos: Supplied

Afrikaanse Hoërskool Kroonstad Amoré, 17, is a Grade 11 learner at Afrikaanse Hoërskool Kroonstad. She developed Charcott-Marie-Tooth disease when she was 7. This hereditary disease attacks the nervous system and touch sensation of the arms and legs but can attack the hands and feet in advanced cases. The disease effected her hands and feet but that will not stop Amoré from achieving greatness in athletics. She wishes to compete at the Paralympics one day.

Congrats Amoré!

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Game On Sports News: Athletics

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Tuks Men kings of the track in Potch Contributed by Dan Lombard

The Tuks Men's team took gold at five of seven track events in Potchefstroom in late March. NWU-Pukke and UFS Kovsies took top spot in the 3000m and 800m respectively. Tuks sprinter Akani Simbine proved to strong in the 100m to win in a time of 10.09 seconds. The Hamman brothers dominated the hurdles with LeRoux claiming the gold in the 400m hurdles winning in 50.82 seconds after taking the lead from NWU-Pukke's Hardus Maritz after he hit the penultimate hurdle. Muntingh Hamman pulled away in the final 40m of the 110m hurdles to win in a time of 14.34 seconds. Tuks' Simbine proved his worth again when he came from behind to help his relay team win the 4 x 100m. NWU-Pukke started off strongly with UP-Tuks, Kovsies and UJ neck and neck at the final change-over but it was to be Tuks' day. Tuks rounded off their track events by taking gold in the Mixed Medley relay in a time of 5:39.66. The race consists 2 x 400m and 2 x 800m split between the men and women. Former Tuks athlete Caster Semenya helped Pukke to a silver medal while Maties took bronze.

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Dee Hean Trisha Pollicutte from Glenwood House Preparatory shines!

sports news

Trisha Pollicutte from Glenwood House Preparatory shines! Contributed by Dee Hean

Glenwood House

Trisha Pollicutte from Glenwood House in George became the U-13 South African Biathlon Champion at the meet held in Stellenbosch at the beginning of April where the top athletes from 15 provinces competed. Trisha also took part in the SA National Level 3 gala which took place at the Newton Park Swimming pool in PE on 12 to 16 March. There were 667 swimmers from 98 clubs representing the whole South Africa, Namibia & Zimbabwe. Only 7 swimmers out of 300 SWD swimmers qualified to compete in Level 3. Trisha did exceptionally well. She entered 11 events, made the finals of 8 and won 2 Bronze medals for 50m & 100m butterfly. Trisha is only the 3rd ever SWD female Swimmer to medal at a Level 3 National competition. It is a great honour for any 12 year old swimmer to qualify for Level 3 and an awesome experience competing with the best in SA.

Congratulations Trish!

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Game On Sports News: Javellin

sports news

Pukke and Tuks share title in Stellenbosh Contributed by Dan Lombard

NWU-Pukke and UP-Tuks were tied overall after the Varsity Sports athletics meet in Stellenbosh and so the title was shared.

Pukke’s Alan Cumming broke the Hammer Throw record in his first appearance at the Varsity Sports athletics. He threw 58.13m to take gold.

Pukke broke another record when Ruan Murray threw the discuss 53.98m to take top spot. Middle distance runner Caster Semenya is slowly making her comeback in Pukke colours and her efforts in Stellenbosh proved it. She defended the gold she won in Potchefstroom earlier in the year when she claimed the top spot in the 800m in a time of 2:05 minutes.

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Dan Lombard Junior Springboks made to work for win against students

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Junior Springboks made to work for win against students Contributed by Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

South Africa U-20 had to dig deep to pull out a (31-24) win against a determined Varsity Cup Dream Team in Stellenbosch on Tuesday, April 18. The match served a dual purpose in that it rewarded the best Varsity Cup players during the 2015 season with a shot at flexing their muscles against the Junior Boks. The Junior Boks used the match to test combinations ahead of their trip tp Argentina to face the Los Pumitas in two warm up matches and ultimately the World Rugby U-20 Championship in July. The Dream Team played a Barbarians style of rugby and pushed the Junior Boks to the edge in the first half which allowed them to go into the break leading 12-10. The Junior Boks found their rhythm in the second half with the injection of their bench to record an unimpressive win.

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Scorers: Varsity Cup Dream Team: Tries: Penalty try, Smith, Smit, Hugget; Conversions: Radebe, Smith. Junior Springboks: Tries: du Plessis, van der Merwe, Penalty try; Conversions: Stapelberg, Thomson; Penalties: Stapelberg (2), Thomson (2).


Game On Sports News: Rugby

South Africa U-20: 15. Warrick Gelant

(Vodacom Blue Bulls)

14. Kanyo Ngcukana

(DHL Western Province)

13.

(Vodacom Blue Bulls)

JT Jackson

12. Daniel du Plessis

(DHL Western Province)

11. Leolin Zas

(DHL Western Province)

10.

Ernst Stapelberg

(DHL Western Province)

Ivan van Zyl

(Vodacom Blue Bulls)

9. 8.

Hanro Liebenberg

(Vodacom Blue Bulls)

7.

Dan du Preez

(Cell C Sharks)

6.

CJ Velleman

(EP Kings)

5.

RG Snyman

(Vodacom Blue Bulls)

4.

Abongile Nonkontwana

(Vodacom Blue Bulls)

3.

Ruan Kramer

(Toyota Free State Cheetahs)

2.

Joseph Dweba

(Toyota Free State Cheetahs)

1.

Ox Nche

(Toyota Free State Cheetahs)

16.

Mzamo Majola

(Cell C Sharks),

17.

Jan van der Merwe

(Vodacom Blue Bulls),

18.

Frans van Wyk

(DHL Western Province),

19.

Jason Jenkins

(Vodacom Blue Bulls),

20.

Jean-Luc du Preez

(Cell C Sharks),

Replacements:

21. Marco Janse van Vuuren

(Xerox Golden Lions),

22. Brandon Thomson

(DHL Western Province),

23.

(DHL Western Province).

Grant Hermanus

Varsity Cup Dream Team: 15. Rhyno Smith

(NWU-Pukke)

14.

Maphutha Dolo

(UFS-Shimlas)

13.

Rowayne Beukman

(NWU-Pukke)

12. Johan Deysel

(NWU-Pukke)

11. Jean-Paul Lewis

(Maties)

10.

Innocent Radebe

(UKZN-Impi)

9.

Dillon Smit

(NWU-Pukke)

8.

Jeandre Rudolph

(NWU-Pukke)

7.

Henco Venter

(UFS-Shimlas)

6.

Wiaan Liebenberg

(UP-Tuks)

5.

Reniel Hugo (captain)

(UP-Tuks)

4.

Irne Herbst

(UP-Tuks)

3.

John-Roy Jenkinson

(NWU-Pukke)

2.

Chad Solomon

(UCT-Ikeys)

1.

Johan Smith

(NWU-Pukke)

16.

Nqobisizwe Mxoli

(UP-Tuks)

17.

Elandre Hugget

(UFS-Shimlas)

Replacements:

18.

Dayan van der Westhuizen

(UP-Tuks)

19.

Walt Steenkamp

(NWU-Pukke)

20.

Gerhard Olivier

(UFS-Shimlas)

21. Mthokozisi Mkhabela

(UFS-Shimlas)

22. Johnny Welthagen

(NWU-Pukke)

23.

(UCT)

Lihleli Xoli

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Dan Lombard SA’s Sithole and Montjane bow out of Gauteng Open final

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SA’s Sithole and Montjane bow out of Gauteng Open final Contributed by Dan Lombard

South Africa’s top wheelchair tennis seeds Lucas Sithole and KG Montjane lost their respective finals after causing upsets in their semifinals at the Gauteng Open held in the middle of April. Sithole achieved his eighth successive victory against Antony Cotterill when he saw him off 6-0, 6-3 in the semifinal. Montjane beat Sabine Ellerbrock in straight sets 6-3, 7-6(3) as she rolled into her second final of 2015. After impressive runs to the finals for Sithole and Montjane, World no.4 Sithole lost the Quad Singles final to world no.1 David Wagner 6-4, 6-1 while Marjolein Buis beat Montjane 6-4, 6-1 to claim the Women’s Singles titles. KG Montjane won the Women’s Doubles title with Buis.

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Game On Sports News: Sailing

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Budding sailors conquer Inanda in a different boat Contributed by: Karien Jonckheere

While the country’s – and the world’s – best sailors gather in Hyeres, France this week for the ISAF World Cup, a very different group of sailors took to the water at Inanda dam in KwaZulu Natal. That’s where SA Sailing hosted an introduction to sailing session for a group of firsttimers ranging in age from nine to 24.  They are not new to the water, however, as they’re part of seven-time Dusi champion Martin Dreyer’s Change a Life Programme – where they have been learning canoeing.  Laser Pico boats are rather a different prospect, but the group relished the opportunity to try their hand at manoeuvring the larger craft. “We took this group as they were already water aware so

that we could get stuck into sailing instruction straight away and not hassle too much about water awareness,” explained Bart Fokkens, one of the SA Sailing instructors. “Initially we had an instructor on board but then sent them off on their own under our supervision. They were all really chuffed with this new opportunity to get involved with a new water sport which they can see happening from the other side of the dam,” he added. Having been given a taste of what sailing is all about, the plan is now to hold monthly sessions with the same group, and also introduce more kids to sailing every month. “This is all part of SAS KZN’s Promotion and Transformation of Sailing programme which is supported by the Department

of Sports and Recreation KZN,” explained SA Sailing chairman Peter Hall. “Ultimately our aim is to take sailing to areas and communities which may not have had the opportunity to experience what a great sport it is. Who knows, we may just discover the next Asenathi Jim among this group. Asenathi is one of our great role models in SA Sailing. Having come from a township in the Eastern Cape, he is now bidding to compete at his second Olympic Games,” added Hall. Jim is, in fact, one of the SA contingent competing in Hyeres this week, where he and partner Roger Hudson are aiming for another great showing after bagging a top-10 spot at their last World Cup event in Miami in January.

For more information on SAS KZN’s development initiatives or to get involved, please contact project coordinator Ricky Robinson at rickyr@sailing.org.za.

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Philna van Veijeren Western Cape Softball Newsfinal

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Western Cape Softball News Contributed by Philna van Veijeren | Photos: Provided

In the Western Cape, softball is played at primary and high school level. League games are played in each district in the fourth and first terms. The Cape Town Metro district is further divided into four education zones – south, north, east and central. Zonal teams are selected and participate in an inter-zonal competition – this year over the weekend of 27 and 28 February. At this event U-13 and U-16 district teams (boys and girls) were selected. These teams played in the Human Rights inter-district softball festival on 20, 21, and 22 March this year. This festival is the annual highlight of school softball in the Western Cape. The district teams come from all across the Western Cape - Cape Town, Eden, Karoo, West Coast, Cape Winelands and the Overberg. Over 300 school kids travelled to Cape Town to play in the tournament. The festival was supported and funded by the Western Cape Government’s School Sport Directorate and the Western Cape Sport Confederation. For the new school term they are looking forward to the Top School Playoffs in each district, in preparation to identify the top softball primary and high school for boys and girls in the Western Cape. The final playoff will be held at the Inter-district Top Schools Competition on September the 24th. The schools with the top U-13 and U-17 teams will then travel to Pretoria to compete against other provinces to identify the top softball school in South Africa. This will happen on 11-16 December 2015.

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Game On Sports News: High Jump

Hoërskool Potchefstroom Gimnasium

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Any one for the High Jump? Contributed by Philna van Veijeren | Photos: Provided

The National Schools Athletics Championships were held between the 25th and the 28th of March at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenberg.

The ladies U-19 competition was owned by Tanya van Deventer from Hoërskool Potchefstroom Gimnasium. She reigned supreme with 1,75m – a height that is also her personal best. Tanya says “your attitude is one of the most important aspects of your performance. I visualise the height I want to achieve long before a big competition – I write my goal height on my hand, wall, dressing table, and everywhere I’ll notice it daily. I see myself as my own biggest competition and don’t allow my opponents to intimidate me” and that is her secret to success.

Prestige College

The men’s high jump U-19 was won by Christopher Moleya from Prestige College in Hammanskraal, who soared to a jawdropping record breaking height of 2,20m to take the gold.

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Philna van Veijeren 2015 SA Junior Inter-Provincial Underwater Hockey

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2015 SA Junior InterProvincial Underwater Hockey Championship Contributed by Philna van Veijeren | Photos: Provided

At the 2015 SA Junior Inter-Provincial Underwater Hockey Championship in Durban the men’s U-19 competition was won by Gauteng, and in the ladies section the U-19 Gauteng North girls took the prize. According to Reinate van den Berg, a member of the victorious Gauteng North team, the secret to their success is simply an amazing team spirit. The new kids in the team had to carry around pineapples during the tournament – just for fun – and the team would never play a game without first singing their traditional song, based on the tune of the Spongebob Squarepants theme song. The U-19 Gauteng North girls don’t see themselves as a team, but rather as a family – they pride themselves in having the biggest sleepovers known to man (as they like to believe). These girls’ success is as a result of their hard training – 3 to 4 times a week, 2 hours in the evenings, focusing on intensive underwater fitness. Many Saturdays are dedicated to training camps with the teams from Rustenberg and Gauteng.

Clearly, hard work pays off. Congratulations to the Gauteng North ladies and the Gauteng men!

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Game On Sports News: Wrestling

– Wrestling – Reynhardt Louw Contributed by Philna van Veijeren | Photo: SASCOC

“Wrestling isn’t for those who want to be rich, or have a lot of glory because of their sport - wrestling is for those who are strong-willed and dedicated, and who love to test themselves.” Reynhardt Louw is a Grade 12 learner at Hoërskool Zwartkop who knows all about the hard work and sacrifices it takes to be a successful wrestler. He recently participated in the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, where he achieved 6th place.

This young man’s path to the Olympics started at the tender age of seven, when he joined Centurion Wrestling Gymnasium. Barely a year later, he won his first gold medal at the North Gauteng Provincial Championships. Another year, and he succeeded in attaining his first national gold medal, and he has won at least one South African title every year ever since, making his grand total – so far – 13 South African and 21 North Gauteng titles. Since 2013, leading up to the Youth Olympics, he has toured

“I think that only wrestlers and their parents truly know what hard work and sacrifices they are going through. Wrestling teaches you self-discipline and hard work, and it makes you aware that one thing leads to another. You learn how to cope with set-backs, and that if something doesn’t go your way, it isn’t the end of the world.”

the United States of America as a part of the South African Cadet wrestling team, placed 17th in the 54kg Cadet freestyle category in Zrenjanin, Serbia, qualified for the Youth Olympics at the African Championships in Alexandria, Egypt, and placed 13th in World Championships in Snina, Slovakia. In between his travels, Louw trained 3 times a day, getting up at 4am and moving in with his coaches to train with their son, and missed up to a term of school at a time.

Hoërskool Zwartkop

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Philna van Veijeren Gymnastics 2015 FIG Artistic World Challenge

Gymnastics 2015 FIG Artistic World Challenge – Qatar and Slovenia

Hoërskool Waterkloof

Contributed by Philna van Veijeren

Bianca Mann, a 20-year-old student at the University of Johannesburg, and Angela Maguire, who is only 17 and a learner at Hoërskool Waterkloof, recently participated in the 2015 FIG Artistic World Challenge Cups in Qatar and Slovenia. The girls participated in all 4 events beam, vault, bar and floor.

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The Doha World Challenge Cup in Qatar took place 25-27 March 2015. Angela’s best event was her beam, where she only just missed qualifying for the finals in 13th place. Bianca was placed 8th in her best event, bar, which meant she qualified for the finals, where she improved with two places to finish 6th. As soon as the girls had finished in Doha, they jetted off to Ljubljana, Slovenia, for the next FIG World Challenge Cup. This time around, Angela improved all of her marks in all of the events and only missed the vault finals by 0,15 marks. For Bianca, however, things became difficult when she contracted a viral infection somewhere between Doha and Ljubljana. She couldn’t compete in the floor event, but persevered to compete in the bar, vault and beam events. Bianca Mann and Angela Maguire are wonderful representatives for our country everywhere they go, competing against “specialists” who focus on one event, and still performing so incredibly well. Well done ladies, we celebrate your successes. UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG

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Kovsies cap stellar season with Varsity Sevens Title

Kovsies

cap stellar season with

Varsity Sevens

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Feature: Rugby

Words: Varsity Sports/Dummett & Co. | Photos: SASPA

Cape Town, 28 April 2015 – The University of the Free State (Kovsies) capped off a stellar rugby season by winning the Varsity Sevens tournament with a 24-19 victory over Tuks in the final at Villagers on Monday. The Sevens title is another feather in the university’s cap after they also won the Varsity Cup competition earlier in the month. The Free State team had to dig deep to clinch the victory, after trailing 7-12 at half-time. They ran in two tries in the final ten minutes to clinch the title, after finishing the group stages at the top of the log.

steal possession in Tuks’ 22. They quickly shifted the ball out wide and the extra numbers on the outside handed them the first try of the match. Tuks were being pinned in their 22 but they kept their composure and launched a massive counterattack which saw them run the length of the field to grab their first try of the match to level matters at 7-7 with three minutes remaining in the half. Tuks would remain on attack for the remainder of the half and found themselves with a 12-7 lead at the interval thanks to a brilliant team effort to score in the right corner. Kovsies were on the attack from the second half kickoff and were awarded a penalty five

metres from the Tuks try line. They called for the powerplay and made it count to grab a try and regain the lead at 17-12 with eight minutes remaining in the match. The Bloemfontein students would then stretch their lead to 12 points with another second half try to put some breathing space between the sides.

Tuks were under severe pressure and being pinned inside their 22 once again but a wild pass by Kovsies allowed Tuks to grab possession and run the length of the field to bring themselves back into the contest trailing 19-24 with two minutes remaining in the match.

Kovsies started the final with real oomph and showed some great play at the ruck to

University of the

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The Pretoria side called for their powerplay in the final minute of the match and just as it seemed as if though they were going to break through the Kovsies defence, the Bloemfontein students were awarded a penalty to stop Tuks in their tracks and hand the trophy to Kovsies. NWU-Pukke secured third place when they beat UJ 31-19 while UCT-Ikeys clinched the Plate section when they narrowly beat Cape-rivals UWC 17-12. Maties finished the tournament in seventh place, NMMU had to settle for eighth while UFH avoided the wooden spoon when they beat WSU to ninth position, after failing to win a single match in the group stages.

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Feature: Rugby

Words: Varsity Sports/Dummett & Co. | Photos: SASPA

About Varsity Sports 7s Rugby Varsity 7s Rugby is now in its third season. The inaugural tournament in 2012, which stretched over two legs, which was held in Plettenberg Bay and Margate with the University of Stellenbosch (Maties) reigning supreme winning in Plett and finishing as runners-up in Margate. The tournament then moved to Camps Bay in 2013 where Maties, once again, came out on top. After taking a break in 2013, the 7s tournament returns and this year holds extra incentive for the players as 7s Rugby is due to debut at the Rio Olympics in 2016. The tournament, which will run from April 25-27, will be hosted at Villagers in Claremont, Cape Town with matches being broadcast live on SuperSport. Ten universities from across the country will compete at this year’s tournament. They are: University of the Free State (Kovsies), University of Stellenbosch (Maties), NMMU, Pukke, Tuks, UCT, University of Fort Hare, University of Johannesburg, University of the Western Cape and Walter Sisulu University.

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Dan Lombard Correct hydration key for healthy living

Correct hydration key for healthy living Should we be drinking 2 litres a day or should we follow our instincts and drink what we need acccording to how our bodies feel? It was interesting researching the subject as there is still (it appears) the burning question about exactly what is too much or too little water required by the body to be healthy, on and off the field, Our research showed that there seems to be no one overwhelming consensus on the topic, which we found dissappointing as we were hoping to give our readers the facts and most updated information in this article. Instead, what we have chosed to do is discuss the 3 factors involved in hydration, namely, dehydration, hydration and overhydration so you can make an informed assessment of what you personally need when exercising.

Knowledge is power.

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Health: HYDRATION

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Stock

Playing sport or engaging in rigorous physical activity for prolonged periods are part of any young person’s life during their schooling career and often beyond that. Physical exertion stimulates the body’s internal thermostat to initiate it’s “airconditioning” system to produce perspiration which involves removing water from the circulatory system and excreting it through the skin, thus cooling the body. It is different for each person, but whether it’s a social game of soccer, an intense workout at the local gym or a cycle around your neighbourhood you could feel a headache coming on, or experience , nausea or cramping, in all likelihood you may be dehydrated, or if you have consumed a lot of liquid during your exercising period, you may be overhydrated.

The science behind hydration has shifted back and forth over the past several decades. We managed to reach renowned sports physician and our own sporting guru, Professor Tim Noakes, whose published works on hydration (Waterlogged) detail the slow changes in hydration patterns in marathon running over decades of participation and working with athletes. When Dr Noakes started running in 1969, the general consensus was that athletes should drink as little as possible while exercising. Gradually this idea changed to the present idea that one should drink up to two litres of water per day. Dr Noakes’s response to our enquiry directly with him regarding what the correct hydration protocol should be in his opinion, and he responded “ I wrote the book Waterlogged, which discusses the entire story of what you need to do to drink during exercise.

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The answer is so simple – JUST DRINK TO THIRST as do all creatures on this planet. The body is designed to tell each of us how much we need to drink.  Only because we are human are we stupid enough to think that science can tell us, better than our instincts, exactly how much we should be eating and drinking.”

So, what is Dehydration? Dehydration occurs when the body loses the required water and salts for it to function efficiently. If it is not rectified in time, dehydration can become detrimental to your health. According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), moderate caffeine intake will not adversely affect your hydration status or increase your urine input while alcohol will.

Signs that you may be dehydrated: It is important to remember not to flood Muscle fatigue the body with fluids if you find yourself Loss of coordination dehydrated as it can lead to a bigger problem termed “hyponatremia” Inability to regulate (overhydration), but we will touch body temperature on that later.

Heat illness (e.g., cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke) Decreased energy and athletic performance

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What is Hydration?

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Stock

As with many things, a person’s hydration needs depend on the individual. Age, gender, cultural background, altitude, temperature and type of exercise can all affect your hydration status. The easiest way to check your hydration status is by checking the colour of your urine. The darker it is the more fluids you need. It’s pretty straight forward. Another way is to weigh yourself before and after your exercise routine. Your weight should not fluctuate too much. In fact, a variation of 1% change means you need to drink more fluids. It is strongly recommended to refrain from any sugar based drinks to provide hydration during exercise, and these include fruit juice, fizzy drinks and sugar loaded sports drinks. These may these upset your stomach and cause your performance to suffer as sugar burns off quickly and can cause a sugar low and a decline in performance.

Formulated Sports Drinks Formulated Sports drinks (post exercise recovery) are better in rehydrating you if: Your exercise routine lasts longer than an hour. You sweat a lot or notice a white cakey substance on your clothes. You wear protective gear. The weather is hot and/or humid. Your fluid needs to be replenished quickly. A well formulated post-exercise recovery sports drink should provide: Fluids to cool down your body and replace what you lost. Carbohydrates and protien for energy and Muscle and bone recovery and healing. Sodium and potassium when minerals are lost in sweat and these buffer lactic acid build up (for cramping). What to look for in a formuated sports drink: No carbonation. Carbohydrates: 30-60 grams of carbohydrate/litre from different sources such as glucose, sucrose, fructose and/or maltodextrin.

Overhydration Overhydration, or water intoxication, occurs when the sodium level in your blood becomes diluted because of excessive fluid intake. It is extremely dangerous and can lead to death due to a condition known as hyponatremia. If you think you may be suffering from hyponatremia, please seek medical attention immediately. Dr Tim Noakes listed several unmistakable symptoms of hyponatremia in his book Waterlogged and they are: Impaired exercise performance. Nausea and vomiting. Headaches. Altered level of consciousness. Seizures (convulsions). Bloating and swollen hands, legs, and feet. Muscle cell breakdown (rhabdomyolysis) with the development of acute kidney failure.

(Extract available at http:// www.humankinetics.com/ excerpts/excerpts/seven-clearsymptoms-of-exercise-associatedhyponatremia)

Sodium: 460-690 mg of sodium/litre (or at least 70 mg/250 ml). Potassium: About 78-195 mg/litre.

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Guidelines for maintaining the correct hydration status for adults (Source: ACSM): Before exercise

• 470-590ml of fluid; 4 hours before exercise. • 240-340ml of fluid; 10-15 minutes before exercise. • A drink containing sodium (salt) and/or a small meal will help to retain fluids.

During exercise

• 90-240ml of water; every 15-20 minutes if exercising for less than an hour. • 90-240ml of a formulated sports drink (5-8% of carbohydrates with electrolytes); every 15-20 minutes if exercising for more than an hour.

After exercise

• Weigh yourself and check urine to determine your hydration status. The key is to rectify your losses within two hours. • Consume 600-710ml of fluid for every 500g lost. Do not exceed 950ml per hour.

Guidelines for maintaining the correct hydration status for children/adolescents: (Source: Lutheran Hospital)

Before exercise

• 120-240ml of water; 1-2 hours before exercise. • 120-240ml of water; 10-15 minutes before exercise.

During exercise

• 150-270ml of water/formulated sports drink; every 15-20 minutes during exercise.

After exercise

• At least 710ml of water/post exercise recovery sports forumation for every 500g of weight lost within two hours.

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