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. . . .
ROi Africa, the media monitoring and intelligence company supporting actor Ivan Zimmermann’s conquest to collect 12 000 cans of food for each of the 12 000km he travels, have entered Sudan today after successfully completing his trip through Egypt on a bicycle! “It’s gone well so far, but I am fully aware that I have very difficult days ahead with the extreme heat, but I also know #Leadersneverquit!” Zimmermann departed on the Tour d’Afrique on 9 January in Cairo and is expected to arrive on 9 May in Cape Town. For more information in Ivan’s quest, visit www.ivanzimmermann.com. END ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FOR MORE INFORMATION NAME: Tonya Khoury E-MAIL: email@example.com CELL: 073 874 5377 WEBSITE: www.roiafrica.com TWITTER: @tonyaroi / @roiafrica FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/roiafrica Author: Ronel Nel from ROi Africa. More Info link: http://www.roiafrica.com Twitter: @tonyaroi / @roiafrica Facebook: Facebook.com/roiafrica Images: For high res version/s of Two image/s please contact: ROi Africa. Photo: Ivan's tweet on 22 January 2015 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Beginner level Karate Kids look to be getting younger and younger these days. What’s the appropriate age to commence the martial arts? Is your child prepared to become a karate kid? As karate has turned out to be more admired over the years, young age children are getting started with martial arts. Of course, there has been a powerful influence from the Power Rangers and the Ninja but also with the ever increasing commercial karate schools, dedicated programs for the children are becoming extremely popular. Programs such as Little Ninjas, Tiny Tigers flourish in most martial arts NYC school. So at what age children are being accepted into these programs? It looks that the age of 3 ½ to four years old is the youngest age for children to be allowed into a martial art program. This fundamentally matches with the age that a kid can start preschool, and this’s no coincidence. Therefore, if your kid is around four years old, then she or he’ll possibly be allowed into your local martial arts institution. However, there’re other crucial factors that you must be alert of. • Is this the 1st time your kid has been occupied in a group activity? If so be ready for some primary nervousness and disinclination to get out in the floor in your absence. • Have you ever taken your kid to a local martial arts institute to watch an on-going class? If your answer is no, then do so as this is an excellent chance to pre-frame your kid, so she or he knows that’s anticipated and what a karate NYC institute and class looks like. • Do you’ve practical expectations for your kid? Karate for a four-year-old child must be about focus, coordination and fun. It isn’t about self-defense or extreme discipline at this tender age. These characteristics will be introduced gradually over time as kids get older. • Can your kid follow 1 or two-step instructions? Your kid requires to be able to pursue basic directions to function actively in the karate class. All the above-mentioned . . .
Much like its signature Hillsnacks climb, the entry deadline for the Action Ford Berge en Dale Classic looms once more on Monday night. Thousands of cyclists are expected to book their place for the West Rand's biggest road race, powered by Optimum Financial Services, which starts in Krugersdorp on January 31. The event rolls out from Cradlestone Mall in the Muldersdrift area of Mogale City and will take participants over an undulating 102km course of hills and valleys. According to race director Wynand de Villiers of ASG events, Hillsnacks will be the first major challenge that riders will face as they ascend to over 1 750m above sea level within the first 10 kilometres. "It's a 6km climb with a gradient of seven per cent in places, so it really sets the tone for the route." With four ascents dotting the course, De Villiers said the last one would make tired riders dig deep as they climbed back up to the finish in the closing kilometres. "But the suffering will be worth it as the race passes the Sterkfontein Caves and some beautiful nature reserves in the Cradle of Humankind." As a premier seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, he said the race attracted South Africa's top teams, with the added incentive of cash prizes for the pros as well as lucky draws. The 2014 edition – which was won by Namibian Costa Seibeb of the MTN-Qhubeka feeder team and An-li Kachelhoffer of Activate Drinks respectively – boasted more than 4 000 riders. De Villiers said the successful relocation to the spacious new venue on the R28 had convinced organisers to keep the start/finish venue and route unchanged for 2015. "Being situated at the mall, there'll be plenty to keep the family entertained once the racing is done for the day." He said a 55km short-course option was available for those who might find the full route too daunting. Registration will take place on the Wednesday before the race from 10am to 4pm at Cradlestone Mall. Alternatively, . . .
Tonya Khoury, MD of South Africa’s foremost media intelligence provider, ROi Africa, the media monitoring sponsor of actor, Ivan Zimmermann and his participation in the 2015 Tour d’Afrique, says everything is on track for Zimmerman’s departure from Cairo to Cape Town today (9 January). Zimmermann is participating in the world’s longest and most challenging 12 000km mountain bike adventure, to raise 12 000 tins of foods for Can-a-Kilo. Media coverage of his adventure, also sponsored by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and Sage Pastel, will be monitored closely by ROi Africa for the duration of the journey. They will also be providing media insights about the undertaking through their Smart Technology system which measures, amongst others, more than 200 million social media platforms. Zimmermann, who is planning to reach Cape Town on 9 June, says, “I have always dreamt to travel through Africa for a good cause. This adventure through Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa will provide me with a platform to make my dream and many children’s dreams come true,” he adds. The 12 000 cans of food will be distributed by the Hanna Charity and Empowerment Foundation in South Africa and collection points for the cans can be found on www.ivanzimmermann.com. Ivan’s progress can also be monitored on: TWITTER: @IvanZimmermann1, @CANaKILO (#leadersneverquit, #12000km, #tourdafrique, #12000cans) INSTAGRAM: eyevanzimmer FACEBOOK: /Ivan.Zimmermann END ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FOR MORE INFORMATION NAME: Tonya Khoury E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org CELL: 073 874 5377 WEBSITE: www.roiafrica.com TWITTER: @tonyaroi / @roiafrica FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/roiafrica Author: Ronel Nel from ROi Africa. More . . .
The three-day clinic, which is presented by NMMU Madibaz Athletics Club, will take place from January 14 to 16 and offer guidance from the province's top coaches and sporting experts. Among these will be local general practitioner Dr Riaan Barnard, who holds a master's degree in sports and exercise medicine from the University of the Free State. Barnard will present a wide-ranging lecture on the different types of injuries that plague competitive athletes and share simple strategies for treating these injuries. "I'll also elaborate on the preventative measures that athletes and coaches can take to help avoid these problems." Barnard, himself a competitive bodybuilder, has a specific interest in orthopaedics and strength sports and has been medical officer to the national chapter of the International Federation of Bodybuilders for the past five years. "I have a keen interest in sporting talent identification and development in the youth and am contemplating possible further studies in this field." Barnard said musculotendinous injuries were some of the most common sports-related problems he encountered in his private practice. "It differs from sport to sport. The type of injuries seen in triathlon athletes differs hugely from what is seen among sports like rugby." As far as athletics was concerned, he said the type of presenting injuries also varied according to the individual athlete's area of specialisation. "There are obviously more upper limb and lower back injuries among the field athletes, whereas track specialists would generally present with lower limb injuries." According to Barnard, it was important to distinguish between acute injuries and those due to chronic overuse. "Acute injuries are those that present immediately and are relatively easy to diagnose. They are usually due to a specific traumatic incident and are associated with immediate excruciating pain, swelling and bruising." By comparison, he said, chronic . . .
Young athletes looking to start their season on the right foot will have another chance to sign up for a three-day summer coaching clinic presented by NMMU Madibaz Athletics Club. The clinic, which takes place at Kirkwood High School from January 14 to 16, is set to offer expert coaching from some of the Eastern Cape's top track and field trainers. Madibaz athletics manager Nellis Bothma said the invitation had been extended to all schools in the province as well as individual athletes and that places were still available. "It's not just for athletes however. Coaches who attend the clinic will also receive specialised instruction and a course certificate." Bothma said the university's aim was to provide top-level coaching to help develop young sporting talent. "We want to equip both the athletes and their coaches to take what we teach them and build on that for seasons to come." He said it was a particular privilege to have jumps coach Jenny Kingwill, who joins the Madibaz's ranks for the upcoming season, sharing her expertise at the event. Kingwill was the guiding hand behind Ruswahl Samaai's bronze medal in the long jump at both the Commonwealth Games and African championships in 2014. On the track, Madibaz sprints coach Gerrie Posthumus will assist young speedsters, while Leonardo de Villiers and Karel Gerber will handle the middle-distance and hurdles specialists. Young attendees could also look forward to seeing some of their Madibaz heroes in action, said Bothma. "We've got our national U23 champion Ischke Senekal helping out in the shot put, while Garth Ellis, who took bronze at the SA champs, will lend a hand in the high jump." He said Madibaz coaches Kobus van Zyl and Vernon Oosthuizen would round out the offering with instruction in the discus and javelin. Registration costs R100 per person and includes lunch and refreshments on the Thursday and Friday. Out-of-town athletes will be housed at the school hostel. . . .
The 2015 Stellenbosch Wine Festival presented by Pick n Pay, promises fun activities for the whole family – and golf enthusiasts should remember to pack their clubs. On Friday, 30 January, keen golfers will have the opportunity to play in the Momentum Grape Golf Challenge at the world-class De Zalze Golf Estate, just outside of Stellenbosch, in aid of charity. Golfers can look forward to a great day of golf and wine tasting against the spectacular backdrop of the majestic Stellenbosch mountain ranges, with all proceeds going to the Stellenbosch Wine Festival Foundation. Each year the festival’s official charity raises funds for tertiary education bursaries for worthy local students. The challenge will be played as a four-ball Alliance,with the top two scores counting, and the field being limited to 120 players. Tee-off and registration starts at 06h30; and several wine estates will present tastings at various holes during the day. Loads of fabulous prizes will be up for grabs at the prize-giving ceremony and a charity auction will raise further funds for the foundation. The Momentum Grape Golf Challenge forms part of the exciting festival line-up, which includes a harvest parade and street fest, an open-air gala dinner, speciality tastings and tours, cultivar showcases, “dine-in-the-vine-experiences” and art exhibitions. The festival offers an innovative, family friendly format and will be hosted at the Coetzenburg grounds in the heart of Stellenbosch, for the first time. Also on offer at the festival is a gourmet lane featuring some of the area’s top restaurants, wine tastings from approximately 100 farms, a special tasting room with speciality food-and-wine pairings, sunset concerts as well as the chance to stomp grapes. Dedicated kiddies’ entertainment at the Momentum Health Kiddies Area will ensure that toddlers to tweens will have loads of supervised fun. Bookings are now open at R5 000 per four-ball. To book your four-ball, e-mail . . .
The NMMU Madibaz swimming and water polo teams are pinning their hopes on an overall podium finish at this year’s University Sport South Africa aquatics tournament, which starts at the University of Stellenbosch on Saturday. The three-day competition will see the country's top student talent from leading watersport universities making a splash for their various institutions. The Nedbank Madibaz swimming club will field an 11-strong team, including London Olympian Jessica Roux and senior Eastern Province swimmers Thomas Hansford, Byron Lockett and brothers Wayne and Jason Jones. According to Madibaz aquatics manager Melinda Goosen, the swim team would be aiming to move up the rankings after finishing just outside the top three last year. "We came fourth in the swimming, based on the combined totals for our men and women, and would like to improve on those results. "Although we were one of the smallest teams at the gala, we pride ourselves on the excellent individual results we were able to achieve.” Goosen said the Clover Madibaz water polo club would also compete in both the men's and women's categories. "Our ladies were fourth last year and hope to earn a medal this year. The men finished eighth and will also be looking to improve.” She said the strongest threats were expected from hosts Maties, who are the defending champions in the swimming and women's water polo, and the University of Cape Town, who hold the men's water polo title. Goosen said an additional motivating factor for participants would be their possible inclusion in Team SA for the 2015 World Student Games in Korea in July. "SA swimming has a rich and successful history at these games. We are hopeful that both swimming and water polo will make the cut to go to Korea. "If that is the case, this competition will be one of the qualifying tournaments for students to be considered for the team.” Water polo action takes place from 7am to 5pm daily, with the swimmers . . .
The last event in the popular 2014 Falke Trail Run Series will take place at the picturesque Delvera Farm on R44 about 10 km from Stellenbosch on Saturday, 6 December. Registration starts from 06h00 at the Dirtopia Trail Centre and runners have a choice of four distances depending on fitness levels - a 15km, 12.5km, 7.5km and a 5km specifically designed to encourage newcomers, family and friends to participate. The longer distances have great flowing singletrack with a reward of magnificent winelands views and the majestic Table Mountain in the distance. Pre-entries via the website www.dirtopia.co.za are offered at a discounted rate of 5km – R60, 7.5km – R75, 12.5km – R95 and 15km - R105. Pre-entries close on 2 December. Late entries on event day: 5km – R70 (no medal, no waterpoint), 7.5km – R90, 12.5km – R110 and 15km – R120. Medals will be awarded to all finishers of the three longer distances. Staggered starts will kick off with the 15km at 07h00, 12.5km at 07h15, 7.5km at 07h30 and the 5km at 07h45. Timing will be done with Amarider Trail Tags. Tags can be rented or bought from the Dirtopia Trail Centre. Great prizes are up for grabs for the top performing men and ladies, while title sponsor Falke will offer fabulous lucky draw prizes. The Dirtopia Trail Centre also stocks the latest range of Falke running socks, including the Falke Trail Running sock offering state-of-the-art comfort and durability with a double reinforced heel and toe as well as special cushioning around the ankle, heel and toe to protect against impact. Extra fine toe seams eliminate discomfort and reduces exposure to blisters, while the wide rib cuff keeps out grime and grit when tackling your favourite off-road trail. Specially constructed mesh panels combined with the unique Falke Drynamix Moisture Management system keeps feet cool and dry. Suggested RSP R49,95. For further information, please contact Dirtopia Trail Centre on 021 884 4752 or email@example.com Author: Christel . . .