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Dan LombarD The SpRingbokS Rugby WoRld Cup Winning FoRmula

The SpringbokS Rugby WoRld Cup Winning Formula The Rugby World Cup is a special tournament which has captured the hearts of players and supporters alike. In order to lift up the most sought after trophy in world rugby requires a great deal more than playing good rugby (although that makes up quite a bit of the equation) and Game On Magazine has taken a step back to analyse the successful campaigns of 1995 and 2007 to determine what the current crop of Springboks need to do to win. South Africa kicked off their Rugby World Cup run in 1995 and went on to win the tournament they hosted. Having been excluded from the 1987 and 1991 editions because of the sporting sanctions imposed on the country due to Apartheid, South Africa is the most successful nation to have contested the William Webb Ellis Cup. The Springboks have won two of the five tournaments they have participated at including the 2007 final in France. Not even the mighty All Blacks have won outside of New Zealand. In the years that South Africa have not won they have still performed relatively well. In 1999, they finished third after a late Australian drop goal denied them a place in the final. 2003 and 2011 saw the Springboks fall out in the quarterfinals to New Zealand and Australia respectively.

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Cover Story: Rugby

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STRong pRovinCial Rugby The Springbok teams of 1995 and 2007 were made up of players from very strong provincial teams. In 1995 Bok coach Kitch Christie selected 13 players from his successful Transvaal (now Golden Lions) outfit. Transvaal won back to back Currie Cup titles in 1993 and 1994 as well as the inaugural Super 10 tournament. In 2007 national coach Jake White selected the nucleus of his World Cup squad from the Bulls and Sharks. Both teams contested the Super 14 final of that year with a last minute try by Bryan Habana allowing the Bulls to become the first South African Super Rugby champions.

SeTTled Squad The blueprint of both winning campaigns was the selection of settled squads and combinations. The players that made up the combinations may not have been the best as individual players but as a unit they were unmatched. The two seasons preceding the Rugby World Cups of 1995 and 2007 did not make very good reading for the Springboks. In 1992 South Africa lost to New Zealand and Australia in their first two Tests since isolation. Less than a year out from the 1995 RWC they lost a series to New Zealand. Fast forward 12 years and several months away from the 2007 edition South Africa lost 49-0 to Australia. In both instances the coaches showed faith in their squads which paid dividends when it mattered most.

LuCk To win a Rugby World Cup involves a bit of luck. Having a capable referee or the good bounce of the ball all play a part in victory. In the 1995 final New Zealand were the better team but flyhalf Andrew Mehrten missed several attempts at goal. A beautifully struck drop goal by South Africa’s Joel Stransky in extra time ultimately separated the two teams. But the biggest luck the South Africa were gifted occurred in the semifinal against France in Durban. Monsoon rains had turned Kings Park into a swimming pool and the match was delayed by more then an hour. The referee was finally convinced by either a turn in the weather or the persuasion of SARU president Louis Luyt. If the match was cancelled France would have contested the final due to South Africa’s poor discipline record as they received a red card during their pool match against Canada.

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Dan LombarD The SpRingbokS Rugby WoRld Cup Winning FoRmula

In 2007 South Africa’s destiny was more controlled as they breezed through their matches in the lead up to the final. The only hiccup was a 30-25 win over Tonga in the pool stage. White opted to give a lot of his second stringers an opportunity to play. It was only after he flooded the field with his first choice players in the second half that the Springboks took the lead and hold on to win the match. South Africa had another stroke of luck in the final when England winger Bok no.8 Danie Rossouw’s cover tackle was enough to cause Mark Cueto dived over in the the England flyer to clip the touchline and the television match corner to score what looked official disallowed the try. like a sure try.

CliniCal Rugby In both finals the Springboks played a very conservative game opting to take shots at goal than kicking for the corner and pushing for tries. History has shown that finals are low scoring games and the Springboks will need to take all their points and ensure that they are clinical in the execution of their chosen game plan. On the other hand South Africa needs to be able to adapt if their opposition nullifies their plan like Argentina did in Durban in August. Finally, the Springboks need to close out their matches which they failed to do against Australia and New Zealand in the Rugby Championship after they held the lead for most of the game. South Africa has the pedigree to go the whole nine yards in this year’s World Cup despite their results in 2015. The belief and hunger are there and with the backing of a united South Africa Heyneke Meyer and his charges have a chance of boarding a homeward bound airplane with a certain gold trophy in tow.

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Cover Story: Rugby

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SouTh afRiCa RWC 2015 Team CompleTe line up : Cornal Hendricks, Zane Kirchner, Tendai Mtawarira, Frans Malherbe, Victor Matfield, Lwazi Mvovo, Scarra Ntubeni, Rudy Paige, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Trevor Nyakane, Handré Pollard,Schalk Burger, Willem Alberts, Schalk Brits, Marcell Coetzee, Damian De Allende, Faf de Klerk, Vincent Koch, Siya Kolisi, Jesse Kriel, Francois Louw, Willie le Roux, Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje, Franco Mostert, Morne Steyn, Adriaan Strauss, Warren Whiteley, Heinke van der Merwe, Marcel van der Merwe, Bismarck du Plessis, Elton Jantjies, Jannie du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Bryan Habana

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Dan’s Rugby World Cup 2015 overview and predictions

Dan’s Overview & Predictions With the Rugby World Cup is just around the corner, the participating countries are all busy with their warmup matches as they prepare to contest for the most coveted trophy in world rugby, the William Webb Ellis Cup. Pre-tournament favourites New Zealand stumbled in their final Rugby Championship match against Australia to allow the Wallabies to win the title they last held in 2011. Australia will be under the cosh to perform at the global showpiece as history has shown whoever wins the Southern Hemisphere competition goes onto perform poorly at the Rugby World Cup. South Africa endured a dismal Rugby Championship campaign where they finished bottom of the log. Their loss against Argentina in Durban saw them slip to fifth on the world rankings, a position South Africa last held under the tutelage of Rudolph Straeuli. 6 Nations champions Ireland are expected to do well in England and France will as usual be the dark horses with their second place finishes in 1987, 1999 and 2011.

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Pool A This is undoubtedly the Pool of Death as England, Australia and Wales are the powerhouse nations drawn in Pool A. Fiji should be competitive in the opening matches but if they succumb to injuries the bigger nations should prove too strong. Uruguay unfortunately is just there to make up the numbers and are not likely to win any of their pool matches. Prediction: England and Australia to proceed to the knockout stages.

Pool B South Africa should walk straight into the quarterfinals with Samoa the only country that might make the Springboks lives difficult with their abrasive play. Japan and the USA are growing strength to strength and will see their match-up as a must win. Scotland have a perfect understanding of the weather conditions and thus should end second. Prediction: South Africa and Scotland to proceed to the knockout stages.

Pool C New Zealand headline Pool C and should make easy work of their opponents. Argentina,

buoyed by the scalps of both Australia and South Africa in recent years coupled with their 3rd place finish in 2007 have it in them to do well. Tonga and Georgia will contest third place while Namibia will seek to win their first RWC match. Prediction: New Zealand and Argentina to proceed to the knockout stages.

Pool D This is a difficult pool to predict as France and Ireland should breeze through but one cannot write off Italy and Canada. The top two places will be decided upon which French team pitches up as they are renowned to blow hot and cold, sometimes in the same match. Romania may have a chance against Italy but other than that should remain winless. Prediction: France and Ireland to proceed to the knockout stages. The beautiful thing about the Rugby World Cup is that anything can happen. It is not just about the pedigree of the team, just ask New Zealand when they were dumped out of the quarterfinals in 2007 by France. The rugby fraternity have been salivating in anticipation for this year’s installment and it should prove to be an explosive month of rugby.


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Rugby World Cup 2015 Fixtures Fri 18 Sep 20:00 - England v Fiji - Twickenham Sat 19 Sep 12:00 - Tonga v Georgia - Kingsholm 14:30 - Ireland v Canada – Millennium Stadium 16:45 - South Africa v Japan - Brighton Community Stadium 20:00 - France v Italy - Twickenham Sun 20 Sep 12:00 - Samoa v USA - Brighton Community Stadium 14:30 - Wales v Uruguay - Millennium Stadium 16:45 - New Zealand v Argentina - Wembley Wed 23 Sep 14:30 - Scotland v Japan - Kingsholm 16:45 - Australia v Fiji - Millennium Stadium 20:00 - France v Romania - Olympic Stadium Thu 24 Sep 20:00 - New Zealand v Namibia - Olympic Stadium Fri 25 Sep 16:45 - Argentina v Georgia - Kingsholm Sat 26 Sep 14:30 - Italy v Canada - Elland Road 16:45 - South Africa v Samoa - Villa Park 20:00 - England v Wales - Twickenham Sun 27 Sep 12:00 - Australia v Uruguay - Villa Park 14:30 - Scotland v USA - Elland Park 16:45 - Ireland v Romania - Wembley Tue 29 Sep 16:45 - Tonga v Namibia - Sandy Park Thu 1 Oct 16:45 - Wales v Fiji - Millennium Stadium 20:00 - France v Canada - Stadiummk Fri 2 Oct 20:00 - New Zealand v Georgia - Millennium Stadium Sat 3 Oct 14:30 - Samoa v Japan - Stadiummk 16:45 - South Africa v Scotland - St James’ Park 20:00 - England v Australia - Twickenham

Sun 4 Oct 14:30 - Argentina v Tonga - Leicester City Stadium 16:45 - Ireland v Italy - Olympic Stadium Tue 6 Oct 16:45 - Canada v Romania - Leicester City Stadium 20:00 - Fiji v Uruguay - Stadiummk Wed 7 Oct 20:00 - Namibia v Georgia - Sandy Park 16:45 - South Africa v USA - Olympic Stadium Fri 9 Oct 20:00 - New Zealand v Tonga - St James’ Park Sat 10 Oct 14:30 - Samoa v Scotland - St James’ Park 16:45 - Australia v Wales - Twickenham 20:00 - England v Uruguay - Manchester City Stadium Sun 11 Oct 12:00 - Argentina v Namibia - Leicester City Stadium 14:30 - Italy v Romania - Sandy Park 16:45 - France v Ireland - Millennium Stadium 20:00 - USA v Japan - Kingsholm Sat 17 Oct 16:00 - QF1: Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A Twickenham 20:00 - QF2: Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D Millennium Stadium Sun 18 Oct 13:00 - QF3: Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C Millennium Stadium 16:00 - QF4: Winner Pool A v Runner-up Pool B Twickenham Sat 24 Oct 16:00 - SF1: Winner QF1 v Winner QF2 - Twickenham Sun 25 Oct 16:00 - SF2: Winner QF3 v Winner QF4 - Twickenham Fri 30 Oct 20:00 - Bronze final - Olympic Stadium Sat 31 Oct 16:00 – Final - Twickenham

Past winners and runners up Year Winner 1987 New Zealand 1991 Australia 1995 South Africa 1999 Australia 2003 England 2007 South Africa 2011 New Zealand

Runners-up France England New Zealand France Australia England France

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Dan’s Players to watch craven week 2015

dan’s top 5 players to watch:

craven week

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The 2015 Coca-Cola Under-18 Craven Week ended in a flourish as Western Province beat Eastern Province 95-0 in the unofficial final. Craven Weekis the pinnacle of schoolboy rugby in South Africa and Game On Magazine has selected five players who impressed during the week long tournament.

Khwezi Mafu Date of Birth: 29 March 1998 Place of Birth: King William’s Town, Eastern Cape High school: Grey High School PE Craven Week team represented and years: Eastern Province (2015) SA Schools: 2015 Position: Loose forward Height: 1.90m Weight: 103kg Plans for after school (rugby, study, etc.): I’d like to play professional rugby and study Business Management.

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Grey PE 1st XV coach, Tim Fraser, on Khwezi: Physically he is quite a specimen. He is also a very dynamic athlete. Off the field, Khwezi is a hard worker and disciplined. He’s a good all round youngster. In terms of his future, he’s not the complete package yet and he understands that which is the most important thing. But if he is willing to work as hard as he is now then the sky is the limit.


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Adriaan van der Bank Date of Birth: 8 February 1997 Place of Birth: Worcester, Western Cape High school: Worcester Gimnasium

Photo: William brown

Craven Week team represented and years: Boland (2014, 2015) Position: Flyhalf Height: 1.80m Weight: 78kg

Plans for after school (rugby, study, etc.): I have signed with WesternProvince for next year’s season. I’m taking a gap year to focus on my rugby. I would also like to study Sports Science at Stellenbosch University. Worcester Gimnasium 1st XV coach, Björn Botha, on Adriaan: I’ve been working with Adriaan since 2014 and he has such a relaxed personality. He is also a young man who is determined to achieve whatever he sets his mind too. He leads from the front and was the game breaker when we beat HTS Drostdy in our derby match earlier this year. He doesn’t allow setbacks to affect him. Instead he uses them as motivation. He has signed with Western Province for next yearand his work ethic will open doors for him.

Cobus Wiese Date of Birth: 2 June 1997 Place of Birth: Upington High school: Hoërskool Upington Craven Week team represented and years: Griquas CD 2014, 2015 SA Schools: 2014, 2015 Position: Loose forward Height: 1.97m Weight: 103kg

Photo: William brown

Plans for after school (rugby, study, etc.): I’ve signed a contract with the WP Institute for 2016 and 2017, and I would like to study Bsc Agriculture at Stellenbosch University from 2017. Hoërskool Upington 1st XV coach, Riaan Kotze, on Cobus: Cobus is a gifted rugby player and is a pleasant boy off the field. He grew up in a good household and works extremely hard so I think he’ll go far with his rugby. Cobus is a great ambassador for the sport.

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Dan’s Players to watch craven week 2015

Embrose Papier

Date of Birth: 25 April 1997 Place of Birth: Clanwilliam, WC High school: Hoërskool Garsfontein Craven Week team represented and years: Boland U13 (2010), Blue Bulls U18 (2014, 2015) SA Schools: 2014, 2015

Position: Scrumhalf Height:1.76m

Photo: William brown

Weight: 79kg

Plans for after school (rugby, study, etc.): I would like to play for the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup and make the Junior Springboks squad. Hoërskool Garsfontein 1st XV coach, Tjaart van der Walt, on Embrose: Embrose is one of the best players I’ve ever had the privilege to coach. He’s a special talent. His attacking and kicking game are good. One of his best attributes is his cover tackling as he has stopped many sure tries from being scored. He definitely has the ability to go far.

Salmaan Moerat Date of Birth: 6 March 1998 Place of Birth: Paarl, Western Cape High school: Paarl Boys High School (Grade 11) Craven Week team represented and years: Boland U13 (2011), Boland Grant Khomo U16 (2014), Boland U18 (2015) SA Schools: 2015 Position: Lock Height: 2.00m Weight: 111kg Plans for after school (rugby, study, etc.): I’d like to give professional rugby a crack as well as study, even if it is part time.

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Paarl Boys High 1st XV coach, Sean Erasmus, on Salmaan: Salmaan is one of the very few complete players that I’ve coached. Off the field he is everything you want from a player. He’s professional, focused and gets on well with his peers. Once he’s on the field, he switches to game mode. He’s a very exciting prospect considering he is still in Grade 11. He has the skill Photo: set to compete for Springbok honours.

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Triathlete Gillian Sanders is aiming for a medal for SA in Rio 2016 Olympics

Triathlete

Gillian Sanders is aiming for a medal for SA in Rio 2016 Olympics

St Anne’s College

Stellenbosch University

Full name: Gillian Caroline Sanders Date of Birth: 15 October 1981 Place of Birth: Johannesburg High school attended: St Anne’s College Tertiary education: University of Stellenbosch, BA Law, LLB Current Triathlon ranking in South Africa and the world: 1st in South Africa. 21st in the world.

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main Feature: Triathlon

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

Triathlons require athletes to be proficient in three different disciplines, namely running, swimming and cycling. These activities demand different abilities from the athletes. Gillian Sanders, a lawyer by trade, is an example of a triathlete who has harnessed her body’s ability to become a force to be reckoned with in the world of triathlon.

GOM: When did you first get involved in triathlons and how? GS: I did my first triathlon when I was 10. I was running and swimming at school and playing all other school sports I possibly could. My Dad had started doing triathlons around this time and they would often hold mini children’s events at these triathlons. My sister and I thought what Dad was doing was very cool and since we were already running and swimming, we thought why not add in the bike (which was a purple BMX back in those days). I guess we both found it fun and I’ve been doing it ever since. GOM: Do you compete fulltime? If not, what is your occupation? GS: Yes, I’m a full time athlete. I was working full time as a lawyer and competing up until the end of 2010 but with the hours of training required

to be at the highest level, as well as the hours required for recovery this proved extremely difficult with a law career and I had to choose one or the other if I was going to do it properly. I chose triathlon. I can be a lawyer until I’m 65 but there is a shelf life on being a professional athlete and so I seized the opportunity while I could. GOM: Are you sponsored? GS: Yes, I have a wonderful group of sponsors who help me both with product and financially. My product sponsors are Gu Energy (sports nutrition), Amanzi Swimwear, Iffley Road (running attire), Zone 3 (wetsuits). My financial sponsors are Troubadour Goods (luxury goods company), Bahrain Triathlon Club, Optima Racing Team (my local triathlon club), Navarino Ltd (capital & consulting firm). I am also supported by Triathlon South Africa.

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Triathlete Gillian Sanders is aiming for a medal for SA in Rio 2016 Olympics

Gillian Sanders GOM: What are your career highlights? GS: My 19th place at the London Olympic Games after 18 months as a full time athlete as well as the silver medal won at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year in the mixed team relay. GOM: Career goals? GS: To medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics. I was 19th 3 years ago and I’d really love to win a medal for my country. GOM: What is your training schedule? GS: I do about 25 - 30 hours of training a week, usually a swim, bike and run every day. I do strength and conditioning 2-3 times as well as a weekly massage. Weekly training is usually about 9 hours of swimming, 9 hours biking, 7 hours of running and 2-3 hours of strength. GOM: Do you follow a special diet plan for optimal performance and what do you find most useful pre and post race to recover? GS: I generally eat a very healthy, balanced diet with enough carbs to fuel me and enough protein to repair my body as well as lots of fruit and veg. My sister is a sports dietician so I’ve learnt through the years from her what to eat as an elite athlete. Our family has

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always had a very healthy appetite towards food and nutrition and I’m very lucky to have grown up in such a healthy environment. I’m fortunate in that we are burning so many calories in training I almost have to force myself to eat more sometimes to replace it all. I don’t eat anything fancy before racing, I will ensure I’ve been eating enough carbs in the lead up to a race. Afterwards I will always try to have a protein drink such as chocolate milk as this helps repair the body as quickly as possible. GOM: Best triathlon memory? GS: My race at the London 2012 Olympic Games. There were 250 000 people out lining our race course. I’ve never in my life heard such noise, the atmosphere and support was incredible. It gives me goose bumps just thinking about it. It was everything and more that you’d expect an Olympic race to be, I loved every moment of it. GOM: Hardest thing about triathlon? GS: The training itself is extremely hard and in your base training phase you can often feel tired almost all of the time and have no energy for anything else whatsoever. However, I’d say the hardest thing is trying to be your best at all three disciplines.


main Feature: Triathlon

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

GS: Sometimes you can find that you are swimming and running well but not biking well and vice versa. The challenge is therefore striking that balance where you are performing well at all three disciplines and not sacrificing any of the disciplines at the expense of the others. For example, if you wipe yourself out trying to do too many miles on the bike, this may affect your swimming training and mean you’re not getting your key swims done well. It’s a fine balance. GOM: Who is your support base? GS: My husband, my family and my coach. They all provide me with support in different ways but are all integral to my success and I wouldn’t be where I am without each of them. GOM: Who inspires you? GS: I had role models growing up and was very inspired by

Elana Meyer and Penny Heyns. These days I’m more inspired by being the best athlete I can possibly be and knowing that I’ve not yet reached my best but am continuously striving to get there. That essentially gets me out of bed in the morning knowing I need to do more to be the best. GOM: What do you do to take your mind off/relax from triathlons? GS: I like to go for coffee and cake. I enjoy reading and watching movies. I’ll also often research a place where I’m going racing next. Even though we don’t get time to really do many tourist things, it’s always nice to know the history of a place before you go and race there. I can’t really do anything wild as I’m always training or racing, so chilling at home on the couch with a good book or the paper is always a winner.

James Beckinsale (Gillian’s Coach) on Gillian:

GOM: If somebody is interested in doing triathlon, what is the best way forward? What motivation would you give them? GS: I’d tell them not to worry about fancy kit and bikes to begin with. I’d find a local triathlon club and coach to get involved with. There are a lot of beginners trying out the sport and that way you’re bound to find some like minded individuals which will make it that little bit easier and fun. The coach will guide you in the right direction training wise and will know what it requires for you to complete the race/s you’ve chosen to do. Motivation wise, just ensure that you are having fun. Triathlon can be a very challenging sport which makes the reward feeling after a race or a hard training session, that much more amazing.

Gillian Sanders Interview Triathlon Show 2014

“I started working with Gillian at the end of 2009 and it has been a great experience for me preparing her for the Olympic and Commonwealth Games as well as racing at the highest level in triathlon. Her spirit is incredible. She has travelled to the other side of the world and crashed out or had a mechanical issuebut she saw enough progression to keep her spirits up and battling on. She was diagnosed with a low iron count but even that didn’t deter her.

Gillian Sanders BEET IT Training Diary

She is still making progressions with 2015 seeing some of her most consistent swim times and runs times to date. We have a few things we are still working on with the swim and we are expect to shave off another few seconds per 100m before Rio.”

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SA’s Reinard Schuhknecht current One Arm Golf world Champion

SA’s Reinard Schuhknecht Current One Arm Golf

world Champion Hoërskool Transvalia

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main Feature: golf

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

“I’ve been working with Reinard for about three years. He is such an incredible golfer. He’s also such a great guy off the course. His short game is second to none and he has the ability to achieve so much more on the golf course.“ Francois Viljoen, Reinard’s coach

Children should not have to deal with the complexities of adulthood, they deserve to be shielded from the harsh realities of life until they are old enough to handle them. Reinard Schuhknecht was just another teenage boy until tragedy struck in his fourteenth year.

Born and raised in Vanderbijlpark, he had an ingrained sense of adventure. While spending another afternoon jumping off the roof of his friend’s house into the swimming pool he got to close to a powerline. 11000 volts of electricity coursed through his right arm burning his flesh until nothing was left. Fourteen days in ICU and six operations later were not enough to save his arm and so he began a life of learning to adapt to being left handed. Now 23, Reinard has transformed his misfortune into an opportunity to live out his dream on the golf course. The current One Arm World champion’s golf journey started out as a hobby but golf has since grown into his life.

“I cannot remember the first two weeks after my accident. But what I do remember is a couple of my friends instructing me that once I’m out of hospital the first thing we’re going to do is play golf. I think that’s what helped me the most. The support from my family, friends and strangers showed me that my life was not over. My brother is my caddy and he really does a great job at calming me down. I’m blessed to be surrounded by such great people.”

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SA’s Reinard Schuhknecht current One Arm Golf world Champion

“I was in rehab for a month where they taught me to use my left hand so I could dress, eat and write. Two days after I was discharged I was driving golf balls on the course. It is funny because before my accident I played maybe once or twice a year due to school and sport commitments. A few years after my ordeal I decided to give professional golf a crack and I haven’t looked back since.” After finishing school at Hoërskool Transvalia he set off to Pretoria where he studied PGA at the Dylan Hayes Golf Academy. He now runs a golf cart refurbishment company in his home town. His current handicap is five. Golf gives Reinard a feeling nothing else can. He has learnt to adapt to the challenges, accept the good fortunes of life, but never to become complacent because golf has the ability to bring you down to earth at a staggering rate of knots.

“Being on the course is just incredible. Golf teaches you so much about yourself. I really enjoy playing at the Eye of Africa and at my home club Heron Banks. My favourite shot is sinking a long putt which I had to do this year to defend my One Arm World title. I regularly play against able-bodied golfers and beat them. I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world to pursue my passion. I cannot get enough of this game.” Away from the course, Reinard is a man of simple pleasures. He enjoys spending quality time with his girlfriend, family and friends. His sense of adventure has

2014/15 achievements 2015 • SA Disabled Open - 1st (Stroke play), 2nd (Overall – Handicap 0-18) • Handisport/BGC Mallorca Open (Spain) - 1st • Awarded SAGA colours • One Arm World Championship 1st (Stroke and match play) 2014 • SA Disabled Open - 1st place (Arm amputees), 3rd place(Overall in stroke play – Handicap 0-18) • Awarded Protea colours • World Cup for Disabled Golfers - 2nd in the team event • One Arm World Championship –1st (Stroke play) • Qualified to represent Europe in the Ryder Cup – One Arm Golfers. Team Europe beat Team USA 21-7 • Competed at the Nedbank Golf Challenge – Pro Am

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not dissipated since his teenage years with an afternoon of motorboating and wakeboarding on the Vaal being right up there for the deadly accurate putter. “I enjoy quad biking but I’m always hesitant to do anything crazy. Can you imagine if I broke my arm? I’d be up the creek without a paddle.” Reinard’s goal is to become the first one arm golfer to compete in the Sunshine Tour and at the rate he is developing, there is no reason why he cannot compete for even higher honours.

Look out Ernie, there is a new man on the block and he goes by the name of Reinard Schuhknecht!


clive rice Honouring a Legend whose legacy lives on

Clive Rice Honouring

a Legend

whose legacy lives on

South African cricket lost one of its most legendary figures in late July when Clive Rice, a former Proteas captain who led the national team on their return from isolation in 1991, passed away at the age of 66 in a Cape Town hospital after suffering from a brain tumour.

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main Feature: cricket

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Clive Rice first learnt of the presence of large tumour in his brain when he was 49 and he fought off the cancer for the better part of two decades before it finally got the better of him. In March this year Rice had treatment on the tumour in Bangalore, India. Rice is considered one of the finest allrounders of his generation, and arguably the greatest player never to have earned a Test cap. He played only three One Day Internationals (ODIs) for South Africa because his career coincided with the country’s isolation from international sport due to apartheid. Born on July 23 1949 in Johannesburg, Clive Edward Butler Rice was a product of St John’s College

and matriculated in the late 1960s. He has a field named after him at the school, as does legendary boxer Bruce Mitchell. At the age of 22 he had been selected for a tour of Australia set to take place in 1971/72, but the tour was cancelled and sporting isolation set in. Only 20 years later, at the age of 42, was Rice finally able to represent South Africa. He captained the Proteas in an ODI series in India but missed out on the squad for the 1992 World Cup and never played at the international level again. Rice’s first-class career statistics underline his immense talent for the game of cricket. He played 482 first-class matches – mostly for Transvaal, Natal and English county side Nottinghamshire – and scored 26,331 runs at an average of 40.95 and took 930 wickets at 22.49. He also played 479 List A matches, making 13,474 runs and taking 517 wickets.

His professional career spanned from 1969 to 1994, with the heights arriving in the 1970s and ‘80s when he was the driving force behind’s Transvaal’s ‘Mean Machine’ that dominated local cricket.

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Renowned cricket website ESPN Cricinfo described Rice as “one of the game’s leading allrounders - a punishing righthanded batsman with one of the most savage cuts in cricket, a seamer capable of genuine pace through the 1970s and a captain as hard-headed as any in the business.”

Rice is also remembered fondly in Nottinghamshire, where he first played for the county team in 1975. He captained Notts from 1979 to 1987 and led them to the county championship in 1981 (their first title win since 1929) and 1987. He also coached Nottinghamshire from 1999 to 2002, most notably signing a young Kevin Pietersen in 2000. Rice’s mentorship helped turn Pietersen into one of cricket’s modern greats, and the former England batsman was one of the first to pay tribute to the late legend. “Such a caring person. That’s the kind of stuff I’ll always remember, how caring he was. Yes, the cricket is one thing but I moved to England as a young little kid of 19, 20 years of age with no family, no friends. But he would invite me to his house all the time for dinner and we’d just sit in the lounge and talk about anything and everything,” Pietersen told Eye Witness News after Rice’s death.

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New Zealand great Richard Hadlee, one of the finest allrounders in cricket history, formed a potent partnership with Rice when both played for Notts and believes the South African’s talent for the game was a match for anyone: “Whether it be Test cricket, whether it be one-day cricket, I can sit here and comfortably say that he would have competed with the best.” The ICC chief executive and former Proteas wicketkeeper Dave Richardson called Rice a “giant of the game”. Richardson, who played for South Africa after Rice’s era, added, “Though his international appearances for the Proteas were

limited to just three ODIs, Clive was a hugely inspirational figure for those of us who had the privilege to represent our country. When South Africa was readmitted to international cricket in 1991, it was fitting that Clive was named as captain.” Richardson also highlighted Rice’s role as a coach, inspiring Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock and Jonty Rhodes, all of whom went on to play leading roles for the Proteas in their international careers.

The final word on Rice is best left to his former Transvaal teammate and fellow allrounder, Mike Proctor:

“Clive was a fighter like you can’t believe and he proved that on the cricket field and he’s proved it over the past few months. He’s just got a heart the size of Africa. He’s a remarkable man.”

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Words: Phumzile Ngcatshe | Photos: Backpage Media

The 2015 Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup is currently underway, with some provinces having already wrapped up their matches. Those who have qualified are looking forward to the national finals set for October. Gauteng, Free State, Eastern Cape, Limpopo are some of the provinces that have completed their provincial matches, with the Northern Cape set to finalise theirs this coming weekend. In this feature, Game On takes a look at five players who were outstanding for their teams during the provincial showdown.. Gauteng has SAFA School of Excellence as champions, Limpopo has Benny’s Sport Development, who have been crowned for the fifth time (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015), from the Eastern Cape it is Walmer High School, whilst the Free State province will have HTS Louis Botha as their national representatives after claiming the provincial honours (R100 000 prize and a trophy).

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Louis Botha Technical High School

Teboho Khasipe HTS Louis Botha High (Free State) Position: Defender The experienced centre-back has been a vital cog in the Free Stater’s defence as he helped in communication, marshalling the defence as well as starting the attacks from the back. The 19-year-old is vital for HTS simply because he is with Bloemfontein Celtic’s Multi Choice Diski Challenge side where he’s learning the tricks of the trade. As a skipper, he was part of the SA U-17 squad last year and has helped his teammates in ensuring they’re better prepared mentally.

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Words: Phumzile Ngcatshe | Photos: Backpage Media

Mutshidzi Nemaxwi Benny’s Sports Development (Limpopo) Position: Striker The Grade 12 student based in Limpopo has been a shining star for the provincial champions and has been the most outstanding performer for the team. The player is labelled as intelligent by his coach Justice Matloga and he’s a coach-able player with the ability to listen to instructions and carry them onto the field. He played his second tournament as he was fielded last year when he was only 16 years old, with the coach saying he’s an experienced boy by now. Although he is short in height, he can play in many positions and his versatility has benefitted the side.

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Clapham High School

The Gauteng finalists will be looking forward to their national participation where they will hope to win a bigger prize and their progress is credited to Boikanyo’s fine form. As a skipper, he pushed his teammates to remain focused, thus maintaining the hard work and winning mentality. His team manger, Johannes Petje, believes the player will go far in the game and his creativity in the middle of the park has kept the side in an uncompromising form. Although he doesn’t score as many as he’d like, his role in creating goals is marvellous and they’re working hard to do well in October.

Keamogetswe Boikanyo Clapham High School (Gauteng/Tshwane North) Position: Midfielder

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Siphamandla Sabelo SAFA Transnet School of Excellence (Gauteng) Position: Striker Siphamandla was instrumental in his team’s success this year as they beat Clapham High from Tshwane in the final. The 17-year-old netted the opening and closing goals for the team. The school also had some of the players who had a chance to be part of the South Africa U-17 side such as Sibongakonke Walmer High in Port Elizabeth Mbatha (captain) and Edwin Sekhwama (Eastern Cape) (who score three Position: Midfielder goals). The man from the friendly province is one of the key players for the Walmerbased school and will be one watch in October. His control in the middle of the park, the ability to rally his teammates and his eye to spot a teammate with a great pass is what makes him a complete player. His ability to fight and keep up his work rate is set to benefit the team in the national finals. This year was their second appearance after finishing as runners up last year. The national winners are set to walk away with a whopping R3.4 million and a trophy as the tournament will be staged in Soweto’s Nike Centre from 5-10 October 2015.

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Chad ho takes gold

Chad Takes

Gold

Have a glance at the medal haul from the recent swimming World Championships in Russia and you may notice Chad’s name in SA’s gold medal column. Chad le Clos, yes, but also another one – Chad Ho.

Westville Boys’ High School

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main Feature: Swimming

Words: Karien Jonckheere | Photos: Provided

As the championships came to an end, Ho and Le Clos were the only South African swimmers to have claimed gold – Ho in the 5km open water swim. It may not be as glamorous as some of the sprint events in the pool, but it’s

certainly tougher and far more gruelling. But despite Ho powering ahead of all his international rivals in Russia, his is not quite a household name (like his namesake’s) just yet. The 25-year-old started

swimming at a young age after hanging out at the pool with his older sisters, Tracey and Andrea, who were swimmers. By the time he reached Kloof Senior Primary, he started finishing in the top five in his age group.

Like Le Clos, Ho attended Westville Boys High, and the accolades kept coming. By now he’s claimed an incredible six Midmar Mile titles, and along with his recent gold medal, he also has a World Championships bronze from 2009 – and the overall title from the 2010 open water World Cup series.

Speaking about the last few 100m of his recent performance in Russia, Ho explained: “I was talking in my head, reassuring myself that I could do it. Once I saw the finish line and realised I had a good chance at winning I told myself I had to give it my absolute all.”

happiness that runs through you. It is one of the best feelings I have ever felt. It was such a proud moment to hear the national anthem being played,” he said afterwards.

That he did, beating Germany’s Rob Muffels in a photo finish in a time of 55 minutes 17.6 seconds to top the podium.

Elation turned to disappointment a few days later, however, as Ho missed out on a top-10 spot (and with it automatic Olympic qualification) in the 10km swim. Unfortunately for the Durban swimmer, the 5km is not an Olympic event so

“I don’t even know how to fully describe the feeling of

in order to get to Rio, he’ll have to qualify at another 10km event in Setubal, Portugal next year. Ho got a taste of Olympic competition back in 2008 in Beijing where he finished ninth, but fell agonisingly short of qualifying for London in 2012 and now has his sights firmly set on Rio next year.

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“I was very disappointed with the 10km result in Russia (19th) as I wanted to finish in the top 10. I gave it my all and that is all I can do,” said Ho, who spoke about his qualification chances in Portugal. I’m fairly confident but I don’t want to go there thinking I have it in the bag. Anything can happen on race day. There are a few things I need to reassess, which my coach and I will be doing. I would like to get some more races in before then to expose myself to the international scene.” Getting international exposure has been a bit of a costly affair, with Swimming South Africa not fully funding trips for their swimmers – including to the recent World Championships.

In order to get to Russia, Ho had to elicit the help of strangers, via:

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“It was expensive and I didn’t have the flush money. My girlfriend started doing fundraisers and found out about the crowd funding which she then started up. It works very well and it’s

amazing how many people are willing to support you financially,” said a grateful Ho, who was joined by veteran Roland Schoeman in the endeavour.

So, while his girlfriend continues to raise funds, Ho will return to his 100kma-week training regime in order to keep his Olympic dream alive.

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Matt Saulez kzn’s rising golf star MICHAELHOUSE EXPLORE. EDUCATE.EXCEL.

MATT SAULEZ

KZN’s Rising

Golf Star Matt Saulez has had a very good season and won his first national title in May. He vaulted to 12th overall in the South African Golf Association All Junior rankings and is definitely one of the rising stars in SA junior golf. Matt was a member of the KZN team that won the B-Division in the SA Junior Inter-Provincial in December last year – the team will compete in the A-Division this year. Based on his overall ranking, he was selected to the SAGA Junior Team that won the annual Challenge Cup in May. The SAGA Junior team comprises top juniors around the country and they competed against Western Province, Gauteng, Gauteng North, a University team and a Presidents Team. Matt has also started to make on impact on the Open Amateur circuit and has broken into the top 80 this season. (This is the ranking for all amateurs up to the age of 35).

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MICHAELHOUSE EXPLORE. EDUCATE.EXCEL.

Michaelhouse School


youth Feature: golf

Words: Dee Hean | Photos: Provided

Q & A with Matt GOM: When did you take up Golf and who has coached you? MS: I have played golf since I could walk. I would hit my Dad’s practice balls in the house !!! We lived next to a driving range at a very young age, and my Mum and Dad would take me to the range as often as possible. I started playing tournament golf at the age of 8. My Dad has been my only coach until recently when Emile Steinmann from TUKS HPC has been helping me with my swing. He is an extremely talented coach and I will be spending more time with him next year as I will be based at the TUKS HPC.

sport. I play for the First XI at Michaelhouse. But not nearly as much as my passion for golf. GOM: How do you manage your academics in conjunction with competing in Golf competitively? MS: I have to dedicate time to catch up on work that I have missed while away playing tournaments, so I don’t have much free time. When I am at school and during class I try to work hard and do my best so I do not fall behind. GOM: What have you learned from Golf that supports you in your life (like life skills)?

MS: I have always been drawn to golf and everything that is good about it, and what it teaches you about life. It seems to come naturally to me to be involved in the sport and make it a part of my life.

MS: Golf has taught me patience, to never give up, endurance, concentration and dedication. Also to respect your peers.

GOM: Who do you count on as your support and inspiration in your life?

GOM: What are your goals for the rest of 2015 in golf and beyond school?

MS: My family has always been very supportive of my golf. It is an extremely time consuming sport and they happily give up plenty of their time to support me.

MS: My priority for the remainder to this year is academics and to end with a good matric. Therefore my golf will be limited to the Men’s and Junior InterProvincial in September and December respectively. I would like to help both teams to be successful at these tournaments.

GOM: What do you like best about the sport?

GOM: Is Golf the only sport you are passionate about? MS: I am also passionate about playing cricket, and I love the

From next year I would like to take my game to a higher level with the ultimate goal of playing professionally. Consistency in golf is the key and this is my major goal. GOM: What other areas in your life have you found fulfillment in (what do you do for fun and to relax)? MS: Family and friends are the core to my life away from golf. Being a boarder at Michaelhouse I have such great mates and I love spending time with these friends. Being at home with my family is the relaxation that I love the most. I love following and watching other sports on TV. GOM: There has to be days that you just don’t feel like golf, what do you do on those days? MS: This doesn’t happen very often !!! In fact never !!!, but being at home is what I love. Holidays with family and friends at the beach would be my first choice. GOM: Strengths & Weaknesses? (Chocolate?)

MS: I like to think I have a good work ethic and practicing every day comes easily to me. My weakness is chocolate biscuits !!!

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GOM: What does your recent SUCCESS mean to you?

MS: It is very important in my life, and having success at the sport you love is the best feeling ever. It provides great fulfillment and reward for all the hard work. GOM: Do you have a mental preparation coach that supports you in your Golf? MS: I do not have a full time mental preparation coach, but have had help from Theo Bezuidenhout from TUKS HPC. I will be spending more time with him next year. GOM: Who do you feel is your biggest competition that you respect and would like to win against? MS: In Junior Golf the people I respect the most and feel are the best players in SA are Jovan Rebula and Dylan Naidoo. GOM: Tell us about training for golf and what it requires?

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MS: To prepare for golf any spare time I have is spent on the range and doing things to improve my game. I practice golf every day, and I spend hours hitting golf balls practicing my driving, long and short iron play, pitching and chipping, and finally putting. Then there is the mental and physical side to the preparation. Next year I plan to dedicate myself to improve physically, practically and mentally. I will be part of the TUKS HPC programme. GOM: What type of driver, chipper and putter do you use and why you choose that brand/s?

MS: Driver: TaylorMade SLDR Irons TaylorMade RSI TP Wedges: TaylorMade Tour Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron I play these clubs because they are such high quality and are the most comfortable and suitable to my game.


youth Feature: golf

Words: Dee Hean | Photos: Provided

MATT SAULEZ

KZN’s Rising

Golf Star

GOM: What are the best results you have achieved to date and against who? How do you feel about it?

MS: My best two tournament wins have been the following: 1. 2014 KZN Mens Closed Strokeplay – I won this when I was 17 years old and against the Mens players in KZN. Most notably Gavin Sole and Kevin Rundle who are extremely talented and experienced players. I also reached the No. 1 Ranking for KZN Mens after this win. 2. 2015 St Francis Links SA National U19 Tournament – This win on such a difficult Jack Nicklaus Championship course was extremely satisfying. In tough conditions and demanding course I managed to beat Dylan Naidoo who was then SA’s top Ranked Junior.

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SA’S JULIA VINCENT seeks to inspire future generations of divers

SA’s Julia

Vincent seeks to inspire future generations of divers When Julia Vincent stepped onto a plane bound for South Carolina, it was with an equal measure of fear and excitement. Her life was about to change in ways she could never have dreamt and looking back, she admits it was the best step she could ever have taken. Growing up in Johannesburg, Vincent was initially fascinated by gymnastics but when that didn’t work out, diving turned out to be the next best thing. Also having played field hockey and netball, Julia grew up enjoying team sports.

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Kingsmead College


youth Feature: diving

Words: Karien Jonckheere | Photo: Provided

While diving in college is a team sport, there is a lot of individual responsibility that made it appealing to her. “I love team sports, so this was a different type of sport for me,” shared Julia. “I love the adrenaline rush of doing this and being able to work within a team while still being able to do your own thing.” Just a few years later, not only has it taken her to a full college scholarship in the United States, but also to some of the greatest stages of all – the recent World Championships in Kazan, Russia being one of them. “My move to America was the biggest change in my life to date; it was nerve-wracking yet exciting but I was ready to start a new chapter in my life,” admitted the former Kingsmead College student, who earlier this year claimed an impressive three national titles. “The impact it has had on my diving has been remarkably positive and although I had a great foundation from my first coach, I was unable to train the amount of hours I needed to be as successful as I want to be. “ “I train in an indoor pool now (which makes a big difference because it means I can train all through the year), I have specialised weight trainers, which has helped me unbelievably with my strength, as well as an incredibly supportive swimming and diving team, and of course I have a new coach that has new tactics and techniques to ensure that I reach my goal of competing at the Olympic Games.”

“His goal is make me mentally stronger than I have ever been as this will help during competitions. We connect really well and I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with him,” added Vincent, whose coach, Todd Sherritt, is equally admiring of his charge.” “Jules has worked really hard this year and has made a lot of progress. She is maturing as an athlete, and the World Championships was the strongest field I have seen in a long time. Regardless of the outcome with her rate of improvement she is headed to be one of the top divers in the world,” said Sherritt. “When Jules sent me a tape of her diving I immediately saw the talent, and offered her a full scholarship to the University of South Carolina. I have had the honour to work with her for the past 11 months, and I know you will see another dramatic improvement heading into the Olympic Games.

“I have had three Olympians and I see Jules adding to that number. She is a hard trainer and is a great competitor and I see her developing into one of the best divers South Africa has ever had,” he added. High praise indeed from a former USA diving head coach.

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have been on the tour.” Competing at the recent World Championships in Russia, Vincent managed 21st spot in the 1m springboard event, 33rd in the 3m springboard and 15th with partner Nicole Gillis in the synchronized 3m springboard event. “It went well in Russia. I competed with a very strong mind and achieved an international personal best in two out of three of my events,” she said afterwards.

“My synchro partner, Nicole, and I also achieved our highest overall international finish since we have been diving together. It was an amazing experience and we all had a lot of fun as a team. These kinds of events are also so incredibly humbling because of the talent that we are up against. I am unbelievably thankful to

As for what needs to be done if Vincent wants to qualify for next year’s Olympic Games in Rio, she explained: “I have returned to the States where I will continue my college diving, putting in hours of hard work to ensure that I am prepared for our World Cup trial, which will take place in December 2015. “To qualify for the Olympics it is important for me to at least place in the 20s at World Cup, which takes place in February 2016 but my goal is to make the semi-final in the 3m event, which would be placing top 18.My main long-term goal is to qualify for the Olympics and while doing that, I would like to put South African diving on the map. I want more people to know about it in South Africa as it isn’t a very well-known sport. “

divers is what’s most important. I want to show them that anything is possible as long as they set their minds to it.” Vincent has certainly set her mind to Olympic participation – and not only that, but ultimately also putting on a good show. “The adrenalin rush is definitely what keeps me going but I think what keeps me most motivated is the feeling I get when I know I have done a good dive in a meet. There is nothing quite like it. Diving is like putting on a show and who doesn’t want to put on a good show?”

“My goal from the beginning has been to inspire divers who follow in the generations after me. The development of the younger

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2015 World Champ Results: High 5 to South Africa’s Netball Team

2015

World Champ Results

High 5 to South Africa’s Netball Team

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youth Feature: netball

Words: Karien Jonckheere | Photos: Reg Caldecott

There were audible sighs of relief from around the country as the Spar SA netball team emerged as the top team in Africa at the recently concluded Netball World Cup in Australia.It was far from a foregone conclusion. And it was far too close for comfort when it came down to it. But the SA netballers could board the plane back from Sydney with their heads held high, having beaten Malawi 4846 in the play-off for fifth place. Particularly after losing to their African rivals in the opening match of the tournament. That was followed by good pool wins over Singapore, Sri Lanka and Wales, however, before losses to eventual world champions Australia, and eventual bronze medallists England.A playoff victory over Uganda was next before the nailbiting win over Malawi for fifth.

“I have no doubt – that if South Africa had a team in that competition, that their improvement in performance would be fantastic because it’s the conditioning that teaches Australia and New Zealand how to finish off and how to win. “ “That’s the vital stuff when you play the big games. When we played them we let it go in the last few minutes – and that’s what you gain out of harder competition all the time. You learn how to go all the way to the end of the line – to go over the line basically.” Neverthless, Plummer was thrilled with what her charges did manage to accomplish.

“I’m delighted for the team and for the organisation and for South Africa – to come out African winners – I think that’s fantastic.”

Any higher than fifth spot in the world is simply unrealistic at this point – unless some kind of professional league is set up to ensure SA netball players are on court for much of the year. Former Australian coach Norma Plummer has done wonders with the SA side since taking over the reins shortly before the World Cup, but she can only do so much. “I keep saying – the problem is not having the competition,” explained Plummer. “I’m not sure you all understand just how good the ANZ [AustraliaNew Zealand professional league] championships are. It’s this kind of [World Cup standard] netball-plus on a weekly basis and it goes for nine months of the year. Then there are test matches – so it’s that kind of standard of the competition.”

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Captain Maryke Holzhausen was equally pleased. “I think throughout the tournament we really worked hard and we really improved every time we took the court.” “My impression of the team is that we have a very balanced group of girls. I think in every area of the court we have a lot of depth. Anyone can actually go out on that court and the competition within the team is extremely great,” said the captain. “I think we’ve been lacking that in South Africa for a few years but now you know you have to actually perform to stay on the court. So I’m definitely proud of the girls.

As for her thoughts on what their new Australian coach (who gained even more fans with her dance move – see the video) added to the mix, Holzhausen added: “Norma has just been a great asset to our team. Every time we went for training or every time just before a game she’s really added value to what we’ve been working on and I think we can see the difference in our game and the way we handle things. She’s really been great and it’s been a privilege to work with her.If she could stay on – and if she achieved with us what she did in just a few weeks – I think the possibilities are endless for four years’ time at the next World Cup in England.”

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youth Feature: netball

Words: Karien Jonckheere | Photos: Reg Caldecott

Australia Vs South Africa NetBall World Cup Sydney 2015

SA’s results at the Netball World Cup

Netball World Cup results

SA

51 - 58

Malawi

GOLD

Australia

SA

69-21

Singapore

SILVER

New Zealand

SA

89-17

Sri Lanka

Bronze

England

SA

68-40

Wales

SA

31-66

Australia

SA

46-62

England

SA

50-40

Uganda

SA

48-46

Malawi

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Thabo Mnyamane Doing things right

Thabo Mnyamane Doing things right

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Thabo Mnyamane is the first Varsity Cup player to sign a professional contract with a Premier Soccer League side. He finished his studies at the North West University in Mafikeng before making the leap to pro football.

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Words: Bertin Basson - Backpage Media | Photos: Provided

Did You Know? Thabo Mnyamane has a Diploma in Sport Science, and he is currently working as an interim estate agent. He does this while playing in South Africa’s top flight football league. Did we mention that the left-footed forward has represented Bafana Bafana, scoring on his debut vs Swaziland.

TM: I could have done better I believe, because I know my full potential. I wasn’t that consistent, but I am looking rectify that - in order to be at your best you need to be consistent.

TM: Some can view it as competition, some can view it as enhancement. We are a team and we recruited the likes of Lennox [Bacela] and [Getaneh] Kebedewho are good players. I am happy the team is getting the best players in the league and I know everyone will step up their game and I believe that we will finish in a proper standard on the log.

GOM: What are your goals for this season? Geofrey Massa is gone now, of course you stepped up last season, but even more so this season with a lot of competition coming through the door...

As a team we are looking to rectify what we did towards the end of last season when we slid down the log and we couldn’t get a win.

GOM: Thabo, last season served as a breakthrough season for you, what are your thoughts on the previous campaign?

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Thabo Mnyamane Doing things right This season we are looking to be more compact, engage more and have more freedom. GOM: Of course there were rumours of you going elsewhere, but you did recently sign a new contract at the club, how happy are you to stay on at Tuks? TM: They said the world is ending in 2012, but we are still living and it’s 2015 so there will always be rumours [laughs]. I am happy at Tuks, they have been good to me, they are the club that introduced me to a professional level so I am grateful for the opportunity and I’m happy to be home. GOM: Let’s shift focus from Varsity of Football, you came through the ranks, where did football start for you? TM: In a nutshell, I played for a local team called Junior Lions FC [in Sebokeng]. From there the coach of Junior Lions took me to the North West University of Mafikeng, I got a scholarship in 2011 and started studying and playing football at the same time. We were so happy and honoured to be part of Varsity Cup when it first launched in 2013 and it was so humbling. I felt blessed because I was the first person from Varsity Cup to sign a pro contract. I am very grateful to everyone that has helped me get this far and as a person I would like to give a shout out to all the people playing football and studying. I know it’s not easy, it’s difficult managing two things, but at the end of the day it will pay off and at the end you will have both success in football and education. I am grateful for Varsity Cup because it is showcasing South Africa’s talent via the students.

Thank you to everyone who made Varsity Cup possible.

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GOM: How did you get it right to balance both studies and football? TM: It wasn’t easy. I remember there was a point that I had to decide in my first year, what were my priorities in life. If I had to say that I am quitting football or quitting school, I wouldn’t be where I am today because both play a major role in my life. It was difficult, but luckily we had support from the Varsity itself. They made it easier for us because we would go to classes till maybe two or three in the afternoon, and then we would have training later that afternoon. It was more difficult when you had to study and you were writing the next day, but as a person you need to set your priorities straight and you need to know what you want in life. Once you go after it, never look back. GOM: For those who don’t know, what exactly did you study? TM: I did a Diploma in Sports Science, it’s a three year course. God is so great because I managed to finish it in record time and now at least I have a diploma backing me up while I’m playing football. GOM: What do you see in the future for yourself, after football? TM: During football I would like to do my B-tech and M-tech and then obviously after football I can open my own practice, enhancing sports men and women. That is the main goal I would say, but currently I am an interim real estate agent so I am juggling both things. It takes my mind off football because sometimes when I am done I go to the office and learn things, a new perspective of life. GOM: So what exactly do you do as an interim estate agent? TM: I would say it is more practical work, because even when you are an interim you need to sell houses, you need to get clients, you need to merge the buyer and the seller. Basically I sell houses.


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GOM: Have you managed to sell a few houses? TM: I have managed to clinch a few deals, it’s not easy! My main focus is football so I will only be at the office once or twice a week so that I don’t put strain on myself because I need rest. When I’m free or off I will be at the office trying to get some deals done. GOM: What advice do you have for youngsters, because many aspire to be footballers, but it’s important they understand that you have to plan ahead for life after football? TM: My message to those youngsters is that if they take high school very seriously it will open doors for them to get scholarships to a good varsity. Football-wise, the problem with South African football is that we only want to perform when people are watching. To the youngsters out there, time is on your side and I wish for them to put in more work when no-one is watching, go the extra mile and believe me at the end of the day it will pay off. He who puts more work will reap more benefits. GOM: Do you have any other advice?

Studies are a vital role to your life, as an individual you have to be equipped educationally because education is the key to success - it really is. No one will hire someone that is not equipped educationally so my wish is for South African soccer development to include education in the system to educate the players. Because you come from a rural place for example, you get to a professional setup where you are earning big money and you don’t know what to do with it because you are not educationally or financially equipped.

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that I should take one year off [from studies], because it was my first time in a professional setup - to focus and engage more in football. I still have a lot of time. GOM: Your move to Tuks, was it motivated by the fact that you can continue your studies at the club? TM: It was definitely part of it. The reason I chose Tuks is because they have good infrastructures, they are a University side. It was more about the studies, unfortunately when I got here - I spoke to my parents and agent, and we came to the conclusion

GOM: You actually signed for Tuks, but only joined the team after you finished your studies... TM: It was a tough decision because I could have easily packed my bags and left Mafikeng for AmaTuks, but then if did that I wasn’t going to graduate so I chose to wait a few months. I had to wait four more months before officially joining the club.

Thabo Mnyamane

“I signed in August, but I completed my studies to December. It was a tough decision because obviously as a youngster you are excited, but at the back of my mind I already knew that what I am doing [studying] is important so I finished it off. Four months didn’t do me any harm because I managed to get my diploma.”

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youth Feature: soccer

Words: Bertin Basson - Backpage Media | Photos: Provided

FAST FACTS Name: Thabo Mnyamane Born: 17 August, 1992 Club: University of Pretoria Position: Striker

Watch the Story Behind The Siyagobhoza - Chiefs Targeting Tuks Mnyamane

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Khwezi Duma

BACKSTROKE

TO SUCCESS

Crawford College Sandton

Thirteen-year-old backstroke specialist swimmer, Khwezi Duma, has already travelled to countries such as Australia, Italy and Zimbabwe amongst many as a result of her swimming gift.

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youth Feature: swimming

Words: Lungi Ntuli - Backpage Media | Photo: The Sandton Chronicle

At 11-years-old Khwezi Duma was ranked first in her age group in South African swimming standings and today she is still number one in her age group. After being trained by team South Africa coach Graham Hill, who has spoken highly of her, she is now tipped to be the next swimmer to follow in the footsteps of Penny Heyns.
 She recently won the gold in the 100m Butterfly at the 2015 SA Level 3 Age group nationals in Port Elizabeth.
 Khwezi has been representing South Africa in junior events from as early as ten-years-old where she would be the youngest member of the team, but despite that she always comes back with medals.


In 2014 she was the youngest member of the CGA Team that travelled to Australia where she achieved the qualifying times for the Australian age group and also the Nationals in March 2014 in the SA Level 3 Age Group in Cape Town.
 She did not stop there as she also made the South African Union Sports Council team for the Under 20 Youth Games in Harare at just 13 years of age, again being the youngest in her team. “I love competing and whenever I swim I tell myself that I want to give my best performance ever. To me it is all about enjoyment, hard work and discipline at all times,” said Khwezi.


The Crawford College Sandton grade eight pupil, who has now relocated to Johannesburg from KZN due to her family’s financial constraints, recently returned from Australia and Rome with six medals.
 For someone who is travelling a lot, most kids struggle to balance their academics with sport but with Khweziit’s the other way around.
 Her mother said she is grateful for the sport because Khwezi has become very responsible and independent.
 “I would be lying if I said I am complaining with her academics - in fact I could not be more than happy. She has somehow managed to balance her swimming success with her academics,” said Mrs Duma.
 “Swimming has taught her to be disciplined, to work hard and most importantly to manage

her time well. I am grateful to God for her.
 “Her dad and I work extremely hard to make sure that we are there for her,” continued Khwezi’s mother.
 “There are lots of sacrifices that we have made to ensure that she becomes what she is today. The struggle with finances still continues but we continue to pray and that will not stop us from supporting this amazing talent.”
 Although at one point she was ear-marked to be in the Rio Olympics next year, Khwezi says she has set her sights on the 2022 Olympics.


“I will not be in the Olympics next year, but in 2022 it is going to be my time,” said Khwezi. “I am enjoying my journey so far. I know that there are other girls in other countries that are also working hard to beat me, so that is one of my motivations to work hard.”
 In March this year Khwezi broke two Johannesburg Co-ed Schools Gala records in the 50m and 100m backstroke, helping her school win the tournament.

Read about Khwezi Duma’s sport grant here.

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Grant Dodds on Junior Rowing

in SA

A critical component of a sport’s continued success is the development of young athletes so that they can take over the oar in the future. Grant Dodds, Proteas Junior Men’s coach, is one of those entrusted to ensure that the conveyor belt of South African rowing continues to spew out competitive rowers.

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youth Feature: rowing

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

Grant doubled up as tour manager for Team South Africa at the 2015 World Rowing Junior Championships in Rio de Janeiro where a Men’s and Women’s team competed for podium finishes. James Mitchell and Daniel Carter finished 5th as they did last year in Germany but the competition in Rio was much tougher. TaylaMay Bentley and Rosanne Bentley finished 2nd in the B Final and 8th overall. Both performances are exceptional considering rowing is such a small sport in South Africa.

Grant has been involved in school rowing for 15 years. He is the head coach at St. John’s College in Johannesburg and volunteered his time as the Junior Proteas coach in 2009. These positions give Grant an inside perspective of the growth and development of junior rowers in South Africa and their performances in Rio.

It is hoped that they will continue with rowing and that they qualify for the South African Under-20 team,” said Grant.

“Most of the athletes that went to Rio are in their final year of school so this is more of a development exercise.

Grant is frank about the current state of rowing in South Africa but is optimistic about the future.

“With regards to the Olympics, 2016 is too soon for this group of rowers. 2020 is a realistic goal but ultimately 2024 is what they should set their sights on.”

“Participation is growing slowly and what is very encouraging is the number of junior rowers. There are around 3500 registered rowers with half being Under-16. School rowing is alive and well. It really underpins our sport.”

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As per the norm with minnow sports, escalating costs is an issue because it can deter some athletes who have the talent but not the money. SASCOC does give Rowing South Africa financial support but the focus is on the Olympic stream.

“Rowing is not a cheap exercise and this year’s junior tour was the most expensive one to date. Athletes [and their parents] had to fork out R115000 for training camps, equipment and travelling to Brazil. We did get a bit of support from the Gauteng Department of Sport last year and we’re hoping to receive

it again this year. Just to make it easier for the parents.” Distance is an issue as athletes are usually spread across the length and breadth of South Africa. A junior rowing coordinator is employed by Rowing South Africa to travel the country and identify talent.

“It is pretty tough to get all the rowers in one location because they’re at school. Rowing at this level does put a lot of strain on their academics and we cannot lose sight of the reason they’re in school. We were lucky that this year’s athletes are all Johannesburg based. We don’t want to leave out any talent so if there is a rower in some far off town we’ll make a plan.” “A lack of suitable water is a logistical nightmare. Roodeplaat Dam is the only 2000m still water dam in South Africa. So to prepare all our rowers for international events requires us to get them to Roodeplaat so they can train on an Olympic certified course. We do have another venue on the Buffalo River but it is only for a week and subject to tidal changes.”

“Rowing is a sport that once it grabs an athlete they usually hooked for life. A key thing rowing teaches kids is delayed gratification. In a world were everything is instantaneous rowers have to work extremely hard to achieve their goals. At school level, the different grades get to interact with each other which is something that does not often

happen in other codes. Rowing also develops the athlete’s mental capabilities. One can train for months yet on the day the race can still be extremely taxing on the body which requires the athlete to tap into their mental strength to push through.”

Rowing in South Africa faces quite a few challenges but this does not stop these young athletes from going out and striving to be the best.

From left to right: Rosanne Bentley, Tayla-May Bentley, James Mitchell, Daniel Carter & Grant Dodds

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youth Feature: rowing

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

Grant urges youngsters who are interested in rowing to take up the sport by joining their local clubs or at school if it is offered. Young athletes are the lifeblood of rowing and future of the sport depends on the steady flow of new athletes as South Africa looks to challenge for medal finishes in years to come.

Boys Pair

Girls Pair

Coach: Grant Dodds

Coach: Caitlyn Reed

Stroke

Stroke

Name: Daniel Carter Date of Birth: 3 March 1997 Place of Birth: Johannesburg School: St Johns College

Name: Tayla-May Bentley Date of Birth: 6 January 1997 Place of Birth: Johannesburg School: St Mary’s School, Waverley

Bow

Bow

Name: James Mitchell Date of Birth: 15 September 1997 Place of Birth: Johannesburg School: St Johns College

Name: Rosanne Bentley Date of Birth: 21 September 1997 Place of Birth: Johannesburg School: St. Andrew’s School for Girls

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Kobus Schoeman Grooming the next athletic stars

coach focus

Kobus Schoeman Grooming the next athletic stars

HoĂŤrskool Waterkloof

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Kobus Schoeman was one of South Africa’s shining lights, but the hurdler only got to compete overseas in the twilight of his career as South Africa had not yet undergone the political transition from Apartheid to the South Africa of today that has opened up the sporting competition opportunities that now exist for our athletes. He spends his time now sharing his passion and expertise with the next generation of athletes.


main Feature: athletics

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

Kobus was born in Potgieterus (now Mokopane) in Limpopo on November 16, 1965. He attended Hoërskool Middelburg and it was at school where he stumbled into hurdles. “Afrikaans schools from Grade 1 are very competitive in the traditional South African school sports. I was a sprinter when I started competing at school level, running both the 100m and 200m. In Grade 10, they needed someone to run in the 110m hurdles B race at the Inter Schools meeting and my coach asked me. I had never run hurdles before so my coach showed me how and shortly after I managed to break the record in my first race and decided to stick with hurdles.” Kobus studied Law at the University of Pretoria for three years but had to discontinue his studies to complete his military service which he did through the South African Police Force. He continued to compete in and around South Africa and his performances earned him Springbok colours. When South Africa was readmitted to international sport Kobus earned his Protea colours.

He qualified for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona but had to withdraw due to a hamstring injury. The next year he competed at the IAAF World Championships in Germany where he was knocked out in the quarterfinals.Kobus retired in 1995 because of family commitments and although his competitive days were over, his coaching days had just begun.

Kobus is currently the Marketing Coordinator at Hoërskool Waterkloof and he also assists with recruiting and fundraising. After school he coaches athletics. Kobus, who holds former Olympic 400m runner Gert Potgieter in high esteem, he cut his coaching teeth while working in Nigeria, not on the athletics track but rather in the classroom.

“I spent six weeks at a time in Nigeria where I gave management courses. I did a few instructor courses when I was in the police force as well as management courses through the various companies I worked for. I was employed to coach junior, middle and senior management at the various oil companies in Nigeria.” says Kobus Kobus returned to South Africa in 2008 after losing his younger brother to a heart attack. His coaching took off while at Klofies and his coaching philosophy is a simple one.

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“I know from my international career that South Africa has the potential to produce Olympic champions. The rest of the world is not that much better than us. Wejust need to improve our training methods, diet and mental conditioning. The kids in South Africa are not equipped to deal with the stresses of international competition.”

Athletics in South Africa is tiny compared to Europe where 50 000 plus spectators will pack a stadium just to watch athletics. Our young athletes are not used to that sort of exposure which can make it incredibly daunting for them. I coach young athletes what I learnt the hard way so that they can have it easier.”

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to Kobus. That and the competiveness of parents. “Athletics South Africa is,in every sense of the word, bankrupt. How can they afford to develop athletes, hold internationally recognised meetings and provide the prize money to make it feasible for athletes to compete if ASA is broke? To put it into perspective, R42 million was spent to celebrate the new apparel sponsor for the 2012 Olympics.

That is ridiculous and detrimental to the sport’s growth!”

Kobus Schoeman Grooming the next athletic stars


main Feature: athletics

Words: Dan Lombard | Photos: Provided

“Another issue is that parents are too competitive when it comes to their children. It is an unsavoury thing to witness a parent scream and shout on the sidelines. There have been a few instances where I’ve had to tell parents to leave. Parents expect instant success but they don’t realise that athletics is a long term sport. The pressure on school athletes proves too much for the children and many give up sport, which is a loss to the entire country.”

Kobus believes that he and other former athletes turned coaches have a duty to share what they learned in order to help the development of the next generation of South African stars. His experience coupled with his passion for athletics will go a long way in assisting young athletes to not only realise their potential but achieve the highest of accolades.

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PADDYUPTON

paddy upton good form, bad form

Paddy Upton says “form” is an illusion Paddy Upton is renowned in the cricketing world for his coaching, however Paddy’s insights actually apply to ALL sporting codes, and this article on form can be used by coaches to support their players in whatever sport they are facilitating. “Form is nothing more than an abstract concept of the mind,” he says. “Form is lost when the body’s natural intelligence is forgotten or blocked.” Paddy has realised that with any sportsman’s performance over a set period of time there will be peaks and valleys. No player in any sport has sustained a level of consistent success over his or her entire career. At face value, this is nothing but form. Every player goes through dips of “good form” and “bad form”. Upton, however, says that form is an illusion

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Words: Paddy Upton & Game On Magazine | Photos: Provided

Editor’s question Why are South African Coaches not utilising Paddy’s knowledge and skills to help our players? Why have we lost him to Australia and India when our results clearly show we could use his support here at home!Do you not think it would it not be useful to have Paddy facilitating coaching clinics for Coaches at a school level so that players (through their coaches) can benefit from his knowledge at a younger age and become stronger more balanced players for selection who can handle the pressure of performance at international level? Motivation Coaching Tips | Frank Furness interviews SA Cricket Performance Coach

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“When you play roulette, you have the choice of red or black. If the ball repeatedly lands on black, there is an unfounded belief that the ball will land on red the next time the wheel spins. The truth is for every new spin of the wheel, the ball has a 50-50 chance of landing on either red or black. What came before is irrelevant. It’s the same with a sports star. As long as the player has prepared his own game to the best of his ability, he has an equal chance of failure or success whether in so called “good form”or “bad form”. The only reason his chance of failure increases is if he focuses on his downward spiralling in to poor form.” Individual perception is a good place to start when discussing form. Let’s take two players who are both struggling to score runs; the player who believes that his poor run is down to bad luck and that a big score is around the corner will be able to focus on the procedures that have made

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him successful in the past and trust that will bring back success. The player who buys in to the concept of poor form will look to rectify the situation by tackling the problem; in this case not making enough runs. Upton is clear that it is not about the popular psychology concept of ‘thinking positively’. Rather it is about not feeding the monster that is the abstract concept of poor form.

“Whatever you focus on grows,” says Upton. “If a player truly believes that nothing is wrong and that he is only going out to good bowling, bad shots, bad luck or whatever else, and not the result of poor form, he will continue to prepare his game in the same way that made him successful. If he believes that his poor form is real, he will try and fix the problem by

preparing differently, often by focusing on perceived technical errors. Coaches add to this by the allure of getting overly technical. In reality, the problem is seldom physical. It’s more deeply rooted in the mental.” The reason many coaches do this is because they do not fully understand or are not able to deal with the mental obstacles that the player has constructed for himself. Coaches are often inclined to be seen as technical gurus. By solving a mechanical problem in the player’s game, the coach is seen as an all-knowing saviour. In addition to this, being known as a player with a mental weakness rather than a technical one can be a career ender. Choking in cricket is perhaps the most contagious and feared abstract concept there is.


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Words: Paddy Upton & Game On Magazine | Photos: Provided

During South Africa’s reign as the number one Test team under Kirsten, Graeme Smith went through a lean patch in terms of runs. Coaches and experts credited this dry spell to a poor technique. They rightly pointed out that Smith was falling over his front leg and playing across his body and getting trapped lbw, or his front foot cemented itself in the crease and he played away from his body getting caught behind the wicket. However, Smith had always played this way. A split-screen of ‘Smith the runs machine’ and ‘Smith the easy wicket’ showed that his technique hadn’t changed.

What had changed was the perception of where

the problem was – the position of his front foot. The problem threatened to spiral out of control until Kirsten and Smith both came to the conclusion that the problem was not physical. Smith didn’t allow his focus to shift to a minute part of his game and was able to naturally feel his way to “good form” by cutting out shots that exposed this weakness such as driving through the offside and focussing on what suited his game such as playing through the on side.

“When a player has bought in to the idea of bad form, I’ll get him to take a step back from cricket,” Upton explains. “It’s like being in a helicopter flying at 10m above the ground. The small details seem big but you don’t see the whole picture. I’ll take them up to 10 000m to look at their family, their financial situation, their health, where they’ve come from, where they’re going. It gives them perspective. Then we’ll come down to 1 000m and look at the last few years. There have probably been periods of good and bad results. It gets the player to understand that this current run is all part of a natural cycle. He can then mentally go back and remember the things that made him successful and focus on that.”

Understanding that form is abstract does not detract from the need to prepare well. Success comes from a combination of preparation plus belief. It is realistic confidence that comes from knowing you have done all that is within your control and accepting that it still might not go your way. Not overthinking is crucial.

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Upton explains how when a player’s game is flowing naturally, his body movements are being governed by body intelligence which is controlled by the basal ganglia found at the base of the forebrain. Players are able to perform complex tasks such as playing a cricket shot without thinking about it because the motor functions

involved are so ingrained in the athlete’s body. When the athlete starts to overthink things and focuses on a perceived technical weakness, the pre-frontal cortex takes over and what was once instinctive becomes clumsy and uncoordinated. When AB de Villiers pulls a 150km/h Mitchell Johnson bouncer, he is not

thinking about it, his body just does it. De Kock scored those hundreds against India with the same technical issues he has now such as playing away from his body and not moving his feet. However, back then, they weren’t perceived as flaws as he was crunching most deliveries from the middle of his bat.

In his book, “Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking”, Malcom Gladwell refers to the ‘story-telling problem’; suggesting people are too quick to come up with explanations for things that they really can’t explain. How many times have we watched a sports star give a post-match conference and fail to fully explain his or her match winning performance? They’ll use words and phrases such as “in the zone” or “trusted my instinct”. Athletes only get overly technical when things start to go wrong. There are a few measures that Upton suggests when trying to get back in to “form”. The first step is to focus on strengths (he suggests 80% of your focus should be on your strengths). Play to your strengths by Paddy Upton, Head Coach at Rajasthan Royals & Leadership Coach

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Words: Paddy Upton & Game On Magazine | Photos: Provided

Whatever you focus on grows so by focusing on what made you successful as opposed to what you perceive to be a problem is vital. The next step is preparation. Confidence and “form” are related and confidence comes from backing your own game. Sure, it

won’t always guarantee positive results, but knowing you have prepared as best you can for the opposition, match conditions and your specific skills and talents ensures you approach the game with as much confidence as possible.

Once the physical preparation has been done, the mental side of things becomes important. Know that this lapse in “form” is temporary and part of a natural cycle. See the bigger picture and remember what made you successful in the first place.

Mental Conditioning Lectures by Paddy Upton

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ABOUT PADDY

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Paddy has worked with some of the top cricketers on the planet in a number of different roles. He is currently the head coach of both the Sydney Thunder Cricket Team as well as the Rajasthan Royals that competes in the 20 over Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia and the Indian Premier League (IPL) respectively. His work with Gary Kirsten as high performance manager for both the South African and Indian national sides helped both nations reach the number one Test ranking during his stints there and became a World Cup winner with India in 2011.

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Philna van Veijeren national top schools squash tournament

National Top Schools Squash Tournament Contributed by Philna van Veijeren

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On 8-10 August, the country’s top 8 squash school teams gathered at the National Top Schools Squash Tournament 2015. After a tough series of games, it was Rondebosch Boys High School and St Mary’s Waverley who walked away with the trophies in the boys and girls categories respectively.

SPORTS NEWS

The Rondebosch boys, Murray Commins (Captain), Gavin Kaplan, Joffvre Duminy, Dayyaan Galiem, Matthew Eaton and Stuart Krone had a good weekend, only losing the third round and soaring through the playoffs. It was a memorable tournament for the captain, Murray, playing as number 1, who won all 5 of his matches as well as his 2nd Top Schools Gold medal. Joffvre and Stuart also had an outstanding tournament, winning all of their matches, and Gavin lost only one match narrowly, claiming his 2nd gold medal. The girls of St Mary’s performed equally well, toppling the teams of Epworth and Queenswood who were in 2nd and 3rd place respectively.

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Sports News: rugby

Words: Philna van Veijeren | Photo: Provided

Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool

Affies vs Boys High – The battle for Pretoria

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Contributed by Philna van Veijeren

This year, the Affies boys bagged an extraordinary win (56-3), but won only one battle – their war is still raging. According to the Affies team captain, Eduan Lubbe, one can never know what to expect from one of these games. Even though their victory was by a margin of 56-3, it was impossible to predict. The derby games are a different species because of the massive run up towards it that sends adrenaline soaring, ensuring every young man plays his heart out for school pride.

The game was played on the Boys High field, in front of a massive crowd of supporters, old and young, from both schools. Lubbe believes their success this year is due to their passion and dedication to their school and team – they weren’t playing for themselves, but representing their entire following, who weren’t disappointed.

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Philna van Veijeren A fighting spirit – Taekwondo world championships

A fighting spirit – Taekwondo world championships Contributed by Philna van Veijeren | Photo:Provided

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Juané Boonzaaier is showing how women are achieving in sports at the highest levels. SPORTS NEWS

The almost-16-year-old was recently chosen as the best junior female black belt at the UITF Taekwondo World Championships, which took place 10-12 July at Hertfordshire, nearby London, UK. She also won a silver medal for sparring and a gold medal for power breaking. Boonzaaier, who is currently grade 10 at Curro College Hazeldean, took up Taekwondo at age 10 for basic self-defence, but soon discovered a talent and passion for the sport that had her hooked. She was the youngest member of the SA team that went to the UK. In the near future she hopes to achieve her second dan qualification and is looking forward to the SA championships in October.

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Sports News: rugby

Words: Neil Greig - Backpage Media | Photo: Provided

Glenwood Boys’ High School pupil Donovan du Randt has continued the trend of Glenwood’s schoolboy rugby players making inroads into the South African national teams. Du Randt is one of the players selected to represent South Africa at the upcoming Youth Commonwealth Games in Apia, Samoa from 9 to 11 September. Team manager Marius Schoeman believes they have chosen the best possible team in the country and their goal is to return home with the gold medal. “This group is the result of an identification process that started two years ago at the Under-16 Coca-Cola Grant Khomo Week. We have monitored their progress ever since, and they all came through a rigorous training camp hosted in April and last December,” said Schoeman. “The majority of the squad consists of players who did very well for the SA Schools team in the recent Under-18 International Series against quality opposition. Although we won’t have much time together before we fly to Samoa, I am confident that the boys will perform well.” The squad will assemble on Thursday, 28 August in Johannesburg as part of the greater Team SA contingent for a three-day training camp, and are set to depart for the Pacific Islands on Sunday, 30 August.

SA Sevens Under-18 team

Glenwood’s Du Randt gets SA Sevens call up

(For the Youth Commonwealth Games in Samoa - provincial union and high school in brackets) 1. Manie Libbok (SWD, Outeniqua) 2. Embrose Papier (Blue Bulls, Garsfontein) 3. Francois Agenbag (Free State, Grey College) 4. Curwin Bosch (Eastern Province, Grey College) 5. Heino Bezuidenhout (Eastern Province, Daniel Pienaar) 6. Stedman Gans (Blue Bulls, Waterkloof)

7. Donovan du Randt (KwaZulu-Natal, Glenwood) Contributed by Neil Greig - Backpage Media

8. Hacjivah Dayimane (Golden Lions, Jeppe) 9. Johan Visser (Western Province, Paarl Gymnasium) 10. Damian Willemse (Western Province, Paul Roos) 11. JC Pretorius (Pumas, Middelburg) 12. Mfundu Ndlovu (Pumas, Standerton) Management: Manager: Marius Schoeman (SARU) Coach: Paul Delport (SARU)

glenwood boys’ high school Commonwealth Youth Games

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My career best Jared Houston Contributed by: Neil Greig

Winning a bodyboarding event in Chile recently was “easily the most gratifying” career victory for South African bodyboarder Jared Houston. Cape Town-born wave master Jared Houston recently scored big at the 2015 Arica Chilean Challenge, at El Gringo, Chile where he beat two-time world champion Amaury Lavernhe in the decisive final in outstanding wave conditions. Jared, from Table View, on the West Coast of Cape Town believes that after this victory nothing will be impossible in his career.”It proved to me that nothing is impossible and that things are possible when you set your mind to them. I’ll never forget this moment. It’s all still pretty surreal,” said Jared after the victory. In the first five minutes, Lavernhe earned two very good scores to amass a total of 18.00 points. With the situation looking difficult for his opponent, Jared pulled off an 8.50 backflip and a huge 9.50 invert to tie the match-up. “Today’s win was easily the most gratifying of my career! My performance during this whole event has been a true breakthrough for me as a rider and it culminated today in the final when I was able to come from behind and take the win over Amaury Lavernhe,” said Jared. Jared Houston currently lives in Peurto Rico, where his wife Natasha Sagardia was born. She was also a professional bodyboarder but is now retired, and the couple have a baby girl named Poeiti.

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Sports News: bodyboarding

Words: Neil Greig - Backpage Media | Photo: Provided

2015 Arica Chilean Challenge

Men

Women

1. Jared Houston

1. Alexandra Rinder

2. Amaury Lavernhe

2. Isabela Sousa

3. Diego Cabrera 4. Jose Otavio

Watch more videos of Jared: “Road Kill� by jared houston

2011 Arica Chilean Challenge

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lali stander British Open results for Ivanna Samu and Kaleigh Telfer

British Open results for Ivanna Samu and Kaleigh Telfer

SPORTS NEWS

Contributed by: Lali Stander on behalf of Womens Golf South Africa Photo by: Karen Olivant / WGSA

Sandra Nordaas from Norway ended Ivanna Samu’s dream run in the Girl’s British Open Amateur Championship in Scotland in the quarter-final on Thursday. This was a day after Sandra defeated fellow South African Kaleigh Telfer at the 20th hole in the second round, the Norwegian eliminated Samu in the same manner by once again claiming victory at the second extra hole. Nordaas won the third hole, but Samu took the seventh to square the match and went 1-up at 11. The Norwegian rallied to win 13 and 14, but South Africa’s top ranked junior wouldn’t back down and squared the match once again at 16. The pair halved 17 and 18 and the first extra hole, but Nordaas won the next hole after Samu found the bunker with her approach at the par-four second. “It was such an exciting match to follow and it really could have gone either way”, said Womens Golf South Africa president Karen Olivant.“There was very little to separate the two and Ivanna played superbly. She should be really proud of this achievement, especially considering that this was only her third international start. “Every little bit of experience from this week and from the Annika Invitational Europe will come to benefit them in their careers.”

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Ivanna Samu


Sports News: tennis

Cradock High School Tennis Team

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Tennis teams from all across South Africa gathered at Cradock High School from 1315 August for their annual Marilie Moolman Tennis Tournament.

Marilie Moolman Tennis Tournament 2015 Contributed by Philna van Veijeren

Dedicated to Marilie Moolman, a promising young tennis player for Cradock who tragically passed away in a car crash, this tournament is different from others. All the visiting schools get treated to good old small-town hospitality and are hosted by Cradock High School. Other than the high standard of tennis played, an incredible display of team spirit could be seen over the weekend. The tournament is truly made enjoyable for the participants, with activities like a bonfire the first night, and ensuring that everyone has the full Karoo experience, including, of course, a decent helping of Karoo lamb. Paarl Boys’ High won the boy’s category, and Paarl Gimnasium won the girl’s category.

Winning Boys Team

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Winning girls Team

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Philna van Veijeren Noordvaal Hockey Tournament

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Noordvaal Hockey Tournament Hoërskool noordheuwel

Contributed by Philna van Veijeren

The 2015 winners of the top level Noordvaal Hockey Tournament were Hoërskool Noordheuwel (boys) and Hoërskool Menlopark (girls) respectively.

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According to their head coach, Nick Gonsalves (SA Men’s hockey player and General Manager of Dita Hockey South Africa), the secret to their success is the fact the boys are always willing to listen and learn. “They all have one common goal - to put the success of the team ahead of their own.”

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The Noordheuwel captain, Francois van Rensburg, also completed his hat trick in their semi-final. The girls from Menlopark had a tough start to their weekend, after losing their Captain, Marné Kruger, to injury in the very first game. However, the girls rallied and stuck together to tie one game and win the rest, including their final in a penalty shootout. This top team’s success can largely be attributed to the fact that they have outstanding coach in Sheldon Rostron, who also coaches the ladies’ SA hockey team.


Sports News: netball

Words: Philna van Veijeren | Photo: Provided

Waterkloof triumphs at SA Schools Netball

Hoërskool Waterkloof

Contributed by Philna van Veijeren

During the weekend of 1 August, Hoërskool Waterkloof was named the best netball school in South Africa at the SA Schools Netball Championship held in Boksburg. Their determination saw them victorious after a tough series of games, which were all tallied to calculate the total of each participating school.

SPORTS NEWS

Both the U19 and U17 Klofies’ netball teams took away gold medals after competing against teams like Oranje Meisies, Hoërskool Menlopark, Hoërskool Marais Viljoen, Helpmekaar Kollege and Hoërskool Stellenberg. Two weekends prior to these championships both their U19 and U17 teams won the Coke series, held in Potchefstroom. Bernike van Dijk, Lara van Heerden and Chante Fourie, were also recently included in the Top 35 South African netball squad.

Waterkloof’s netball is definitely a force to be reckoned with.

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dan lombard Tuks wins Carlton Cup

Tuks wins Carlton Cup Contributed by: Dan Lombard

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The University of Pretoria won their third Carlton Cup in three years on Saturday, 22 August after beating Pretoria Police 44-15 at Loftus Versfeld. It was truly a battle between two stalwarts of the Carlton Cup with Police having lifted the cup a record 32 times (5 draws) and UP-Tuks claiming the bragging rights 24 times (3 draws) going into the final. It was all UP-Tuks on the day as the students raced to a 25-10 halftime lead. UP-Tuks dominated all facets of play and was lead superbly by captain and scrumhalf Emile Temperman.

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Police looked lethargic on attack and their defence was questionable at times. They lost the competition’s leading points scorer and wing Ruan van Loo to injury minutes after the first kickoff and then watched Captain and lock Nico Luus limp off in the second half. A frenzied second half from UP-Tuks allowed them to lift up the Carlton Cup once more.

Scorers: UP-Tuks Tries: Vian Riekert (2), Dwight Pansegrouw (2), Riaan Britz, Emile Temperman Conversions: Abri Reynolds (4) Penalties: Reynolds (2)

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Pretoria Police Tries: Ian van Deventer, Heinrich Rademeyer Conversion: Ivan Venter Penalty: Ivan Venter


Sports News: basketball

Words: Sophie Thompson | Photo: Pierre de Villiers

The defending champs, Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School took top honours at the Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High/St John’s Invitational Basketball Tournament at the weekend. 24 Teams were entered in the tournament, with more than half the teams coming from outside the province. Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School 1st Team defeated cohosts, St John’s School 1st Team, in the finals on Sunday, at the Sylvia Vietzen Indoor Centre, at Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High. GHS 1st Team kept an impeccable scorecard over the three days winning all of their games. St John’s topped Pool B, but were outplayed in the final. The final score was 34-18, in favour of Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High school. Nifty player, Lena Fre, shining as point guard, won the Most Valuable Player Award for the tournament.

1st team coach and Principal for Girls’ High, Val Fowler said, “I am delighted with our team’s effort on the court. The girls played extremely well and loved the opportunity to take on so many teams from all corners of South Africa. It is heart-warming to see how this game is growing in our country and the talent that we are producing.” Head of Sport at Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High, Taryn de Winnaar stated, “Val has coached the South African Women’s Team and was an outstanding player in her day. Her expertise and her passion are definitely the secrets to our success.” At the prize giving the All Stars of the 2015 tournament were announced: Z. Ngcobo (Epworth), N. Sila (Lereko), G. Chingondole (St John’s), T. Gcabashe (PMB Girls’ High); and L. Fre (PMB Girls’ High) MVP and All Star.

Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School took top honours in Basketball Words: Sophie Thompson | Photo: Pierre de Villiers

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Powering her way through the defence, Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High MVP and All Star player Lena Fre (#16) is pictured in action.

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Boks Rugby World Cup squad announced Contributed by: Dan Lombard

Springbok coach, Heyneke Meyer, announced his 31 man squad for the Rugby World Cup in England which includes several experienced players as well as players who ply their trade in Europe. The Springboks kickoff their RWC campaign against Japan on Saturday, September 19 and Jean de Villiers will lead the men in green and gold. The squad has a combined caps total of 1297 and an average age of 26. Heyneke has backed his form players returning from injury as well as selecting uncapped Rudy Paige as the third scrumhalf.

Springbok Rugby World Cup squad Forwards

backs

Willem Alberts

Siya Kolisi

Jean de Villiers (c)

Willie le Roux

Schalk Brits

Francois Louw

Damian de Allende

Lwazi Mvovo

Schalk Burger

Frans Malherbe

Fourie du Preez

Rudy Paige

Lood de Jager

Victor Matfield (vc)

Bryan Habana

Ruan Pienaar

Bismarck du Plessis

Beast Mtawarira

Zane Kirchner

JP Pietersen

Jannie du Plessis

Trevor Nyakane

Jesse Kriel

HandrĂŠ Pollard

Pieter-Steph du Toit

Coenie Oosthuizen

Pat Lambie

MornĂŠ Steyn

Eben Etzebeth

Adriaan Strauss

Duane Vermeulen

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Sports News: Soccer

Words: Dan Lombard | Photo: Provided

Soccer coach Londiwe Hlatswayo added another feather to her cap when she walked away with Volunteer of the Year award at the annual GSport ceremony.

SPORTS NEWS

Londiwe, a netball coach by trade, stumbled into soccer coaching after moving to Khaselihle Primary School in Kagiso, Johannesburg in 2012. There was no space for an additional netball coach so she took up coaching the beautiful game. She received her Level 1 SAFA (South African Football Association) accreditation through the Tsogo Sun Soccer Academy where she now coaches Under-12 and Under-14.

The Tsogo Sun Soccer Academy is designed to promote healthy living for youngsters, as well as a life-long participation in sport, in line with government’s vision. In the programme, soccer is used as a medium to deliver life skills, leadership, and healthcare training, while also reinforcing the importance of education to young learners. GSport was launched in 2006 to raise the profile of South African women in sport, and to encourage corporate South Africa to back its female athletes.

School soccer coach wins top women’s sports award Contributed by: Dan Lombard

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dan lombard Joubert returns to 7s in hope of Olympic officiating

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Joubert returns to 7’s in hope of Olympic officiating Words: Dan Lombard | Photo: Gallo Images

South African referee Craig Joubert has been named on the HSBC 2015/16 7’s World Series refereeing panel as he seeks to put himself in contention for Olympic selection. Joubert, who refereed the 2011 Rugby World Cup final, returns to the format where he cut his officiating teeth in 2003-05 and joins fellow countrymen Marius van der Westhuizen, Ben Crouse and Rasta Rasivhenge on the men’s panel. Rasivhenge will also do duty in the Women’s 7’s World Series. The men’s referee panel is: Richard Kelly (NZRU) Matt O’Brien (ARU) Marius van der Westhuizen (SARU) Federico Anselmi (UAR) Craig Joubert (SARU) Alex Ruiz (FFR) Nick Briant (NZRU) Mike Adamson (SRU) Ben Crouse (SARU) Rasta Rasivhenge (SARU) Anthony Moyes (ARU) Taku Otsuki (JPN).

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HSBC 2015/16 7’s World Series tournaments: Dubai

4-5 Dec 2015

Vancouver 12-13 March 2016

Cape Town 12-13 Dec 2015

Hong Kong 8-10 April 2016

Wellington 30-31 Jan 2016

Singapore

16-17 April 2016

Sydney

6-7 Feb 2016

Paris

14-15 May 2016

Las Vegas

4-6 March 2016

London

21-22 May 2016

The women’s referee panel is: Leah Berard (USA) Alhambra Nievas (ESP) Sara Cox (RFU) Gabriel Lee (HKRFU) Jess Beard (NZRU) Amy Perrett (ARU) Beatrice Benvenuti (ITA) Rose LaBreche (CAN) James Bolabiu (FIJI) Rasta Rasivhenge (SARU)


Sports News: boxing

Words: Dan Lombard | Photo: Provided

Muller’s efforts not enough in Ukraine fight

SPORTS NEWS

Contributed by: Dan Lombard

WBO #15 Johnny Muller endured a difficult fight against #2 Oleksandr Usyk at the Palace of Sports in Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday, 29 August 2015. Usyk landed blow after blow in the first and second round to hurt Muller but opened up in third with a flurry of punches to floor Muller twice. Referee called the bout in favour Usyk after Muller was left bleeding from his nose. The loss has seriously dented fringe contender Muller’s chance at fighting for the cruiserweight belt in the future. Usyk, 2012 Olympic gold medallist, is set to challenge for the #1 spot after his victory over Muller.

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Lunga Ntuli Dylan Stoffels – AmaZulu striker set for FIFA World Cup

Dylan Stoffels AmaZulu striker set for FIFA World Cup

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Words: Lunga Ntuli - Backpage Media | Photos: Backpage Pix / Durban High School

AmaZulu’s promising Under 19 striker Dylan Stoffels is set to play for his country at the FIFA U17 World Cup later this year. SPORTS NEWS

The FIFA Under 17 World Cup takes place in Chile, South America between 17 October and 8 November this year. South Africa qualified as one of the four African teams and are the only country from the southern part of Africa. They will along with West African nations Nigeria, Guinea and Mali hold the continent’s flag aloft.South Africa have been drawn in Group E along with Russia, Costa Rica and Korea DPR. AmaZulu FC’s 16-year old forward Dylan Stoffels, from Durban High School (DHS),is looking like a genuine candidate for South Africa’s squad going to the FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile.

Dylan is currently in Grade 11 at DHS, having been at the school since Grade 8. From a young age Dylan, who comes from the Bluff where many sportsmen and women have come from including former German Bundesliga striker Sean Dundee,has always excelled in football although he has thelanky physique of a fast bowler it was football that really stole his heart.

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Sports News: Soccer

Words: Lunga Ntuli - Backpage Media | Photos: Backpage Pix / Durban High School

The AmaZulu junior player made a name for himself when he starred in the annual Engen U17 Knockout Challenge in 2014, winning almost every award and helped his team win the event.This year in the same tournament he came onto the field as a substitute in the final and won his team a penalty, which saw them being crowned Champions of KZN region one again. Speaking about being selected to represent South Africa’s national Under 17 side, Dylan said it is a dream come true. “It has always been my dream to play at the highest level in the country and

this is just amazing. “I am happy that things are now falling into place as I have always aspired to wear the national jersey,” he told Game On. With AmaZulu now playing in the National First Division of South Africa, since being relegated from the Premiership,Dylan is amongst the young players that will be training with the first team from time to time.“If it was not for AmaZulu I would not have been here. I am grateful for the opportunities that I have received from the club. I hope that one day I will be able to break into the first team,” he said.

Dylan’s father Trevor Stoffels said he is “very proud” of his son’s progress in the sport that he loves.“I am proud of him. From a young age the only thing that he ever wanted was to play football and it’s good to see it paying off. “He has also been doing well at school and we have encouraged him to balance the two. If he needs support we are there for him,” Trevor said.

MORE NEWS ON DYLAN

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paull qualifies for Rio Paralympics Words: Dan Lombard | Photo: Provided SPORTS NEWS

Para-paddler Graham Paull finished fifth in the KL1 A final at the 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships held in Milan, Italy in mid August. Graham finish has qualified for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. The rest of Team South Africa endured a difficult competition headlined by golden girl Bridgitte Hartley failing to make her KL1 A final. She was fastest in the water in the first heat but had a sluggish start to her semi-final which saw her miss the main event. Bridgitte took gold in the B Final. Nineteen year old Louis Hattingh finished 7th in the 10000m K1 final while the duo of Hosea Seleka and PhillemonMaema finished 9th in the 200m C2 B final.

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Sports News: Swimming

Words: Philna van Veijeren | Photo: Provided

The South African team who will compete at the 11th edition of the African Games was recently announced. One of the youngest members of this team is Rita Naudé from Hoerskool Menlopark.

rita naudé – one of sa’s youngest at the african games Contributed by Philna van Veijeren SPORTS NEWS

Naudé will take part as a swimmer – this 16 year old girl is one of 11 female swimmers who were chosen to compete in the open category. She will compete alongside much older and more experienced women, but the fact that she was selected for the team proves that she has enough talent to make her mark. Previously known as All Africa games, the African Games is held every four years – one year before the Olympics – and sets the highest standard of sports on our continent. It will take place on 4-19 September 2015 in Brazzaville, Congo.

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