Just hours after winning the Junior Women’s 800m at the KZN Track League in Durban, Jeep Team’s Mikaela Jonsson then went on to claim her first aQuellé Mudman victory at the season-opening event, which took place on Saturday, 14 February, in Hermannsburg, KZN. The young 2020 Olympic-hopeful, who is turning 18 in July, dominated the women’s race from start to finish, completing the full-distance event (700m swim, 20km mountain bike and 5km trail run) in 1 hour, 49 minutes and 59 seconds. Second on the podium was seasoned multi-sports veteran and multiple-Mudman winner, Sarah Gray (1h51.16), followed by Brydey Weberthird (1h54.02) Other team news… Paddling Jeep Team’s multiple world-champion Hank McGregor is on a winning streak after claiming his third victory in the Varsity College Marine Surfski Series in Durban on Friday evening. The win gives McGregor the lead in the series over Matthew Bouman, who did not compete in Friday’s Hansa Surfski Challenge. McGregor’s skills were put to the test as the choppy waters presented several challenges. McGregor got caught up in shark nets and was forced to get off his ski to untangle himself. After regaining the lead against Wade Krieger, McGregor was then knocked off his ski by an 8 metre wave. McGregor worked through the obstacles for a solid second lap to claim victory in 00:34:16, followed by Krieger (00: 34:44), Jeep Team’s Barry Lewin (00:35:42), Gene Prato (00:35:42) and Oliver Burn (00:37:19). Says McGregor “I am stoked that I got the win after the race that I had. The sea was in quite an angry mood and it really tested all of our skills.” Multisport Cross-triathlon champion and one of the Jeep team’s newest athletes, Michael Lord, finished ninth in the Elite Men’s category against fierce competition at the inaugural Sanlam Cape Mile, which took place on Saturday in Grabouw, Western Cape. Considered excellent training for the Totalsports Xterra South African Championships, which take place this . . .
FNB NMMU-Madibaz head coach David Maidza has chosen to make very few changes to his squad for the second round of the FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International on Monday night. The Port Elizabeth team will take on last year's Varsity Shield champions FNB CUT in the first home game of the season after going down 36-26 to FNB NWU-Pukke earlier this week. "The boys stood up as a pack on Monday night and we want to reward the good performances," said Maidza. The back line of the starting 15 will remain the same with the exception of Andile Jho who will be replaced by left centre Devon Lailvaux at number 12. Creswin Josephs will move to Lailvaux's spot at outside centre, while Monday night's try-scorer Tythan Adams holds onto the number 15 jersey. Changes to the bench include Stephan Zaayman replacing Rudolph Odendaal as the utility forward in the number 18 position on account of an injury. With Brian Skosana moving into the starting line-up at right wing, Eben Barnard will come on as a utility back. In response to the team's opening round loss, Maidza said they were constantly working on improving their strategies. "We have intimately looked at our shortcomings in the first game and there is still a lot of work to be done." "We have been working on our attacks as well as our defence and are hoping that in the next game we put those strategies to work on the field." Maidza said he and the team chose to ignore the public outcry following the controversial refereeing decisions that seemed to favour the home team in Potchefstroom this week. "We do not look at that at all. We know where we went wrong and we have got to fix our errors. "I have spoken to the officials and they have given me a lot of good information and advice. It has been a constructive working relationship," he said. According to Maidza the team had a positive outlook and were working hard to put a good performance together ahead of Monday's tussle. He . . .
This weekend, 2020 Olympic-hopeful, Mikaela Jonsson (matric student), and her Cross-Tri African Champion team mate, Michael Lord, will be preparing for Race #2 of the Totalsports XTERRA Series, which takes place from the 20 – 22 February, at the Grabouw Country Club, Western Cape. Jonsson and Lord did exceptionally well in Race #1: Xterra Buffelspoort; both finishing 3rd overall, with Mikaela first in category (U18). On Saturday, 14 February, Lord will be swimming the inaugural Sanlam Cape Mile, which is considered ideal preparation for XTERRA Grabouw as it takes place in the same stretch of water; while Jonsson will be competing in the first leg of the popular multisport event – the aQuellé Mudman Series - taking place in Hermannsburg, KZN. Now in its 16th year, the aQuellé Mudman Series is an off-road multisport event encompassing running, swimming and mountain biking. Jonsson will be competing in the full-distance race - a 700m dam swim, 20km mountain bike ride and 5km trail run. Other team news… Obstacle Course Racing Jeep Team’s OCR athletes are also gearing up for a major event at the end of this month; Race #2 of the Jeep Warrior Series. Thomas van Tonder and Jay Jay Deysel placed first and second respectively in Race #1 so will be doing all that they can to retain their positions. On Sunday, Deysel will be hitting the tarmac to cycle the Valentine’s Day Cycle Challenge 2015 – an 80km road race at Stonehaven on Vaal, Vanderbijlpark. Also on Sunday, Jeep Team’s female OCR athlete, Claudia Richard, will be competing in the Kinetic Adventure Race - a demanding 25km event near Muldersdrift, Gauteng, where teams of two mountain bike, trek and kayak. Paddling On Friday evening, Jeep Team’s Hank McGregor and Barry Lewin will be taking on Race #6 of the Varsity College Marine Surfski Series - the Hansa Pilsener Surfski Challenge. After winning Race#5, McGregor will be going for gold as he looks to secure an overall series lead over Matthew . . .
In partnership with the Sporting Chance Development Foundation, the RE/MAX Foundation will be offering two young sportsmen bursaries to attend the Western Cape Sports School. RE/MAX Foundation Manager, Sandy Smith, says that the decision was taken to partner with Sporting Chance because their vision falls in line with RE/MAX Foundation’s focus to support worthy causes for upliftment and development of South Africa’s young people. “Sporting Chance’s vision aims to provide opportunities for sporting achievement and personal development for as many children as possible,” says Smith, “This is very much what the Foundation is about and where our focus lies. Uplifting the youth will make for a better future generation that will be able to pay it forward.” The Sporting Chance organisation provides children with the opportunity to develop their academic and sporting ability in a structured and safe environment. They host several projects nationally, allowing them to identify and support talented individuals through coaching, bursary and mentorship programmes. Their programmes include Street Soccer, Street Cricket, Calypso Cricket, Khulani Beach Soccer and Development Holiday Coaching Clinics. Through these programmes, they have reached over 30 000 children, of whom cricketers, Thami Tsolekile (Cape Cobras, Lions, South Africa A, South Africa and Western Province) and Malusi Siboto (Knights, North West, South Africa U-19’s), to name just two, have become successful sportsmen. Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa and Foundation Director, says that involvement with an organisation such as Sporting Chance provides the RE/MAX Foundation with the opportunity to further enrich children’s lives and communities in which the brand operates. “Our company ethos is to make the areas in which we operate better places to live. We have a passion for community because we are a part of the communities – the real estate professionals within RE/MAX don’t’ just work in the . . .
An action-packed past weekend saw Jeep Team athletes travelling across the country to claim podium in their various sporting disciplines. The weekend began with Jeep Team’s Hank McGregor winning the Bay Union Surfski Challenge on Friday evening, with team mate Barry Lewin placing fourth. On Saturday, rising Multisport star, Mikaela Jonsson, achieved Gold in the 800m at the SA Schools Athletics Championships in Pretoria, while Jeep Team’s MTB cyclist, Pierre Smith, won Race#1 of the Anatomic Dirtmax MTB Series in Parys, Free State. JEEP TEAM WEEKEND RESULTS: Paddling Jeep Team’s Hank McGregor claimed his second Varsity College FNB Marine Surfski Series title at the Bay Union Surfski Challenge in Durban on 6 February. McGregor won in a time of 33.27 minutes, followed by Matthew Bouman (34.21), Gene Prato (35.22) and team mate Barry Lewin (35.55). Commented McGregor “If you win then the race has gone pretty well and that’s how it felt – it was a fantastic race! There are still five races to go and the standings are looking interesting with myself and Matthew (Bouman) level on points, I think, so there is a lot to race for and it is always exciting to dice with Matt!” Multisport 2020 Olympic-hopeful, Jeep Team’s Mikaela Jonsson won Gold in the 800m in a time of 02m19s at the 28th South African Schools Athletics Championships, held at Menlo Park in Pretoria on 7 February. Jonsson also claimed Silver in the 400m sprint (60sec). Mountain Biking Jeep Team’s MTB cyclist, Pierre Smith, secured his first victory of the season at Race#1 of the Anatomic Dirtmax MTB Series, in Parys, Free State, on 7 February. The 60-km fast-rolling course saw Smith finish in 2h16min; two minutes ahead of Dan Fowler with Wayd Needham finishing third. Team Jeep’s Gregg Brown finished fourth in Race#1 of the KZN MTB Downhill Series, which took place at the Karkloof Country Club on 8 February. Competing against some of the best riders in the country, Brown did well . . .
Tonya Khoury, the MD of media monitoring company, ROi Africa, is happy to update you on the progress actor, Ivan Zimmermann, has made on the 12 000 km Tour d’Afrique. “Yesterday it was one month since Ivan departed from Cairo on the Tour d’Afrique to raise 12 000 tins of food for Can-a-Kilo,” she says. “Ivan is set to arrive in Cape Town on 9 May as part of the Leaders Never Quit campaign, which is supported by ROi Africa, the South African Institute for Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and Sage Pastel,” she adds. Ivan said yesterday, “I arrived two days ago in Gonder, Ethiopia, as a broken man. The first shower I had in eight days could not wash away any weary emotions. It could only wash away the dirt from my sticky skin. I have now covered more than 3 000km of the 12 000km journey and so far I happen to be in third place overall.” “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a dream that has become a reality. A dream that will test me to my limits, but also a dream that will show the world that leaders never quit,” adds Ivan. Ivan will be available for interviews on the following days: 12 Feb: Bahir Dar (Ethiopia) 18-19 Feb: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) 25 Feb: Yabelo (Ethiopia) 2 Mar: Marsabit (Kenya) 8 Mar: Nairobi (Kenya) 11-13 Mar: Arusha (Tanzania) 21 Mar: Mbeya 24 Mar: Chitimba Beach To book an interview, please contact email@example.com / 012-643 0436. For more information on Ivan’s quest, go to www.ivanzimmermann.com. Tins can also be donated to Can-a-Kilo at the venues attached. END NAME: Tonya Khoury E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org CELL: 073 874 5377 WEBSITE: www.roiafrica.com TWITTER: @tonyaroi / @roiafrica FACEBOOK: /roiafrica Author: Ronel Nel from ROi Africa. More Info link: http://www.ivanzimmermann.com Twitter: @tonyaroi / @roiafrica Facebook: /roiafrica Images: For high res version/s of Three image/s please contact: ROi Africa. Ivan Zimmermann CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
2016 Rio Olympic-contender and South Africa’s Multiple World Marathon Champion paddler, Hank McGregor (Jeep Team South Africa), has been shortlisted for the World Paddle Awards’ Sportsman of the Year Award. McGregor is the only South African who has been nominated for an award. The other two contenders in the category are: the United States’ Fabien Lefevre (Slalom Canoe World Champion) and Germany’s Sebastian Brendel (reigning Olympic champion in sprint canoeing). The nomination adds to McGregor’s already star-studded list of achievements, including winning the SA K1 River Championships, which took place from 31 January to 1 February, at the Two Day Klip River Canoe Marathon, in Gauteng. McGregor finished in 4:40:56, followed by Siseko Ntondini (4:43:54) and Thando Ngamlana (4:43:55). In September last year, McGregor rewrote the history books by becoming the first South African paddler to win both K1 and K2 gold medals at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in the United States. Says McGregor of his win at the weekend, “I went into the race blind but I had a really great time! It was super fun with surprises around every corner, which was something that I really appreciated. It was a great adventure!” Later this month, McGregor will be competing in the Dusi Cano Marathon, happening from 19 – 21 February. The 2015 event is set to be a very different experience for the Dusi veteran as he will be racing in the Mixed Socials category with his wife, Pippa. This is due to McGregor’s shift in focus away from races such as the Dusi Canoe Marathon, instead focusing on purist river marathons, flatwater marathons and surfski races as well as a bid to claim a sixth ICF Canoe Marathon world title. “I don't think I have ever started a paddling event socially. Ever. So it is going to be something new for me. If we can possibly win the husband-and-wife prize that would be a real cherry on the top!" says McGregor, who finished second in the 2014 K2 Dusi with . . .
An epic weekend for the all-new Jeep Team SA saw the athletes representing across the country in the various sporting codes and living the Jeep brand to the full. Thomas van Tonder and Jay Jay Deysel claimed first and second in Race#1 of the Jeep Warrior Series; while Hank McGregor won the SA K1 River Championships and was shortlisted for the World Paddle Awards’ Sportsman of the Year. In BMX, 15-year-old Alex Dolman raced to a second place finish at Kempton Park, Gauteng, in the Elite Men’s category, while Jeep Team’s MTB athletes, Dylan Rebello and Thinus Redelinghuys, both finished in the Top 20 after facing fierce international and local competition in Race#1 of Ashburton Investments’ National MTB Series. JEEP TEAM RESULTS: Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) Jeep Team’s Thomas van Tonder dominated Race#1 of the Jeep Warrior Race from start to finish, claiming victory in one hour, 54 minutes – the only athlete to finish in less than 2 hours. Team mate, Jay Jay Deysel, clawed his way back to the front of the field after a consistent start to take 2nd place on the podium to give the newly formed professional Jeep Team SA OCR squad the best result that they could have hoped for going into the 2015 Jeep Warrior Season. Says Van Tonder, “The first half of the race was very close. I thought to myself, ‘Everyone put in a lot of training this December; it’s going to be a hard one.’ But then I was in front and kept telling myself, ‘You trained hard, you trained hard, you’re not going to slack, you trained hard.’ My mantra paid off.” Obstacle course racing is a new, but fast growing sports discipline in South Africa, with the Jeep Team being the only professional OCR team in the world. In the Jeep Warrior Series, obstacles range from insane body twisters, rope climbs, log flipping, sand bag carrying, muddy barbed wire crawls, jumping from high towers, larger-than-life mud pits, climbing over walls, jumping over fire, climbing over high nets and much . . .
Jeep Team South Africa is geared for another weekend of podium wins, with Hank McGregor and Barry Lewin racing the Varsity College Surfski Series (6 February), Mikaela Jonsson and Michael Lord taking on Race#1 of the Momentum Health Dual X series (7 February) and Gregg Brown competing in the first leg of the KZN Provincial Downhill Championships (8 February). Surfski On Friday, Jeep Team’s Hank McGregor and Barry Lewin will be competing in the Bay Union Surfski Challenge – Race#5 of the Varsity College Surfski Series. McGregor is a firm favourite, having won Race#1 and claiming victory at last weekend’s SA K1 River Championships at the Two Day Klip River Canoe Marathon in Gauteng. After a solid start to the season, Lewin will be aiming to remain in the top 3; he has finished third in the previous two Varsity College Surfski Series races. Multisport In Multisport, Jeep Team’s rising star, Mikaela Jonsson, and Michael Lord (one of the team’s newest athletes) will be travelling to Gauteng to compete in Race#1 of the Momentum Health Dual X series, taking place on Saturday, 7 February, at Hakahana. Jonsson (17) has had an impressive start to 2015; coming second overall in the Elite Women’s Category at Totalsports XTERRA Buffelspoort on 25 January. Jonsson was also first in the U18 category. A week previously, she won the KZN Triathlon Championships in her age category. Lord (19) will be geared for gold in his new Jeep Team colours after an outstanding 2014 saw him finish in second place at the 2014 World Cross Triathlon Championships in Germany. Lord is also the 2015 SA and African Cross Triathlon champion. The season-opener of the Dual X series will see athletes take on a 5km run, 30km MTB ride and then a further 2.5km run. MTB Jeep Team’s Gregg Brown (18) will be competing in Series 1 of the KZN Provincial Downhill Championships, taking place at the Karkloof MTB Club on Sunday, 8 February. Brown will be racing for victory after a . . .
Jeep Team SA is going to be a force to be reckoned with in 2015 as they announce a change in focus to Junior, Under 23 and Elite sports men and women by forming a smaller, more compact squad of 15 world-beating, South African athletes. Started in 2001 as an adventure racing team of six athletes, Jeep Team SA has become one of the most successful teams of its kind, producing local, national and world champions across eight sports disciplines - Adventure Racing, Mountain Biking, BMX, Surfski, Canoeing, Multisport and Extreme Sport with Trail Running and Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) added to the 2015 portfolio with the explosion of these two sporting codes across South Africa. Says Max Cluer, co-founder and manager of Jeep Team SA, “Jeep Team SA continues to evolve in 2015 with a whole new look and feel. The core focus will be on showcasing up-and-coming Junior athletes while continuing to mentor and work with the Under 23 athletes and Elite athletes at the top of their game while teaching them the business of sport, media, sponsorships and relationships. “We’ve re-signed a new three-year contract with our Title Partners Jeep Apparel SA and Jeep Vehicles – ensuring incredible support and security in the years ahead for Jeep Team SA. Jeep has been supporting us now for nearly 14 years, which is nearly unheard of in modern day sponsorships. We are fortunate to have such an incredible relationship with them where they understand our passion and vision for the team and they support us 100%.” 2014 in review: In 2014, the Team achieved success across all disciplines. Highlights include Jeep Team’s Hank McGregor rewriting the history books in September by becoming the first South African paddler to win both K1 and K2 gold medals at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in the United States. Barry Lewin continues to impress with his vast experience and media presence in the world of paddling with his core focus on surfski both locally and internationally. . . .