South African long-jump champion Zarck Visser and international rowing gold medallist Kirsten McCann were named Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year at the University of Johannesburg's gala sports awards ceremony last night. Visser, who won the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Switzerland in August, was the institution's standout male performer. His season's best jump of 8.32m, achieved at that meeting, saw the 24-year-old move into fifth spot on the IAAF rankings. Aside from defending his national title, the third-year transport management student also jumped his way to gold for UJ in the inaugural Varsity Athletics series earlier this year. In the women's category, McCann was awarded the university's top accolade for a second year in a row. The third-year Bachelor of Science student secured the honours with her lightweight single sculls victory at the world student championships in Kazan, Russia, in July. McCann, 25, followed this up with an eighth place at the senior world championships. She also added to her medal tally with gold and silver at the senior national champs. Another big winner on the night was Student-Athlete of the Year Marco Becker, who delivered UJ's best combination of academic and sporting achievements. The biokinetics honours students scored a 76 per cent average with 28 distinctions over his four years of study. He also captained the Namibian men's squash team and is ranked as that country's number one senior player. In the club category, for non-students, wheelchair tennis player Lucas Sithole was named Sportsperson of the Year. In August, Sithole became the first African to win the US Open singles title after taking the British Open title the previous month. He also reached the finals of the Daegu and Swiss Open championships this year. For more information, visit www.uj.ac.za. More Info link:: http://www.uj.ac.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/fullstop Facebook: . . .
Fresh from the University of Johannesburg's triumph in the inaugural Varsity Football competition, Amanda Dlamini spoke about her decision to relinquish the national captain's armband and her work in the development of women's soccer. In March, the Banyana Banyana midfielder gave up the captaincy, after two years at the helm, to focus on her own game and her tertiary studies. "It was one of the toughest decisions I had to make regarding my footballing career. It's something that needed to be done for me to be content with myself, my game and my studies." Higher education was a priority, said the third-year Road Transport Management student, even for those young women carving out a career in professional sport. "Women's sport still lacks the sponsorship needed to make a good living. So should anything happen, such as a career-changing injury, one should be able to continue having a full life through your chosen field." Dlamini is currently back home in Harding, KwaZulu-Natal, while she completes a module via correspondence, and plays for Durban Ladies in the Sasol provincial league. She has already made 66 appearances for the national squad and notched up 21 goals in the process. The highlight of her tenure as captain was leading the first ever Banyana team to qualify for the Olympic Games in 2012. She hopes to still be an integral part of South Africa's plans to qualify for the 2015 Fifa Women's World Cup and their quest to win the African Women's Championship. Earlier this year, this sporting role model established the Amanda Dlamini Girls' Foundation, which aims to inspire young girls from rural areas to pursue their dreams. "As a rural girl, I know how it feels to be isolated from all sporting activities. Because I have experienced these challenges, I felt the need to go out there and motivate these young girls not to give up, no matter what." As part of the programme, Dlamini shares her footballing experiences and some of the . . .
A record 300 riders representing 60 schools from across the country as well as Zimbabwe and Namibia competed in the 2013 Spur School Mountainbike League finals at Bekker School in Magaliesburg this weekend. After a hard day of racing in chilly and windy conditions, Gauteng series winners Waterkloof, proved that they were the best in the country logging 108 points to walk off with the coveted Spur School Mountain-bike League mixed trophy. Potchefstroom Volkskool, who finished second on the Gauteng log secured second place nationally with 98 points. Western Cape series winners Montana, who has showed consistently good form with podium positions at the national finals for the past three years, took third place with 94 points - just pipping Centurion who finished with 93 points to the podium. Waterkloof further cemented their standing by winning the girls category with 66 points, followed by Hellenic in Zimbabwe second with 60 points and Centurion in a very close third with 58 points. The team from Paul Roos Gymnasium successfully defended their title as best boys’ team for the third year running with 100 points, followed by rivals Grey College in Bloemfontein with 92 points and newcomer Midstream College impressing in third with 82 points. The well-designed 4.9km track, which meandered through the hillside school grounds, offered riders the opportunity to really test their technical skills, strength, speed, fitness and endurance. Races were run on the same lap-racing format as Olympic mountain bike competitions with a strong emphasis on making the races accessible to all in terms of route difficulty and race distance. Sub-junior boys completed three laps, the youth boys rode four laps and the junior men had to battle it out over five laps. The girls did one lap less in their respective age categories. Although mountainbike riding is an individual sport, the Spur School Mountainbike league aims to promote cycling as a team sport with points determined on a 26 point . . .
Hosts NMMU have emerged as strong contenders for the inaugural Varsity Netball crown after romping to a 67-22 victory over the University of Cape Town in Port Elizabeth on Monday night. The televised match saw the SPAR-Madibaz side emerge unbeaten from the opening weekend of the six-week series, following a narrow 57-52 win over the University of Johannesburg and a convincing 51-30 victory against Stellenbosch University. With 15 points, the Eastern Cape outfit now moves into joint first position in the overall standings alongside NWU-Pukke. SPAR-Madibaz made the most of their home court advantage, going on the attack right from the start. Captain and goal shooter Dumisane Chauke was in devastating form as she helped her side to a 19-5 margin by the end of the first quarter. Good defence by goalkeeper Zanele Vimbela and tight marking by the home team put UCT under pressure in the second quarter and they failed to convert a number of chances, allowing NMMU to take a 29-10 lead into half-time. In the third quarter, the PE team's substitute combination of shooter Kara Willemse and goal attack Elzaan Lotter took advantage of the two-minute power play to earn valuable double points, while the defence shut down any further moves from the opposition. UCT put up a brave fight and continued to play positive netball despite trailing 49-15 going into the fourth quarter. But, with Chauke and former Proteas centre Mampho Tsotetsi back on court, the SPAR-Madibaz outfit's goal scoring fiesta continued. With three minutes to go, Chauke retired with a bruised hipbone but by then it was merely a case of adding insult to injury. UCT, who compete in the B division of the University Sport South Africa competition (USSA), were simply completely outclassed by the dominant home side. After the match, a delighted Chauke said her team had been working very hard in preparation for the tournament. "We just have to keep the standard high because it's just going . . .
Top professional skateboarders Ryan Decenzo and Adam Dyet will be joining the Skateboarding for Hope tour in the Northern Cape Province in the lead-up to the Kimberley Diamond Cup presented by Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American. The world championship skateboarding event will take place in the capital city of Kimberley from 27-29 September and the best skateboarders in the world are expected to battle it out for the vert and street titles as well as a share in the price purse of more than R5-million. These two skaters will be joining the community outreach initiative to take part in skateboarding clinics and demonstrations in Kathu, Kuruman and Kimberley. The activations form part of the joint initiative between the Northern Cape provincial government and Kumba Iron Ore to introduce novice skateboarders in impoverished communities to the joy of skateboarding. This will be Decenzo’s second trip to South Africa after he narrowly missed out on the world championship title in Kimberley last year. He recently took the first place at the Kia World Games hosted in China in June. Dyet was a bronze medallist at the X Games and will be a first-time visitor to the country. According to Tim McFerran of World Skateboarding Grand Prix, it is very exciting to have such accomplished skateboarders joining a part of the road show. “They are amazingly talented skateboarders and it is a fantastic opportunity for youngsters in the Northern Cape to learn basic skateboarding skills from the best in the world. I am confident that Ryan and Adam will show off all their tricks during the demonstrations and that this will further inspire a new generation of skateboarders throughout the province. Skateboarding enthusiasts will also be able to get a sneak preview of what can be expected during the three days of non-stop skateboarding action at the Kumba Skate Plaza in Kimberley next weekend,” mentions McFerran. The Skateboarding for Hope tour stops include: • . . .
The University of Johannesburg women's team overcame a lacklustre early season to claim the inaugural championship title in the Varsity Football series in Pretoria on Monday night. UJ put in a commanding performance to claim a 6-0 victory over tournament favourites Tshwane University of Technology. The current USSA national club champions, TUT, were caught off-guard by a strong midfield attack, which was spearheaded by UJ's national players Amanda Dlamini, Presocious Matabologa and Maphuti Manamela. According to UJ football manager Joel Kgokong, the home team had underestimated his side, which has won the Gauteng student league for the past five seasons. "Our game plan was to control the midfield, eliminate the wingers and play two strikers in the middle, who could easily penetrate the flat four defenders," said Kgokong. The plan worked, as eventual player of the match Disebo Mametja opened the scoring from a long ball. She outran the defenders and dribbled past the goalkeeper to place the ball in the net with ease. Dlamini and Matabologa headed in a goal apiece from two corner kicks, while seasoned national striker Noko Matlou scored a brace to take the tally to 5-0 at halftime. After the break, Mametja repeated her opening goal manoeuvre in the final minutes of the game to make it an unbeatable 6-0. Kgokong attributed the team's success this season to new management and coaching strategies aimed at improving the standard of women's football in accordance with UJ's Performance Excellence programme. "Management have realised the importance of having a coach who understands women's football." Coach Isaac Mokoena, who moved from the Soweto campus, and assistant coach Leah Masango had made a formidable team, said Kgokong. UJ women's football manager Julia Maredi echoed Kgokong's sentiments, saying the side's results spoke for themselves. "Coach Mokoena has instilled values that have brought together a focused and determined team with . . .
The 2013 Spur Masidlale Soccer League in the Western Cape ended on a high note for the teams from Sonwabo and Lwazi Primary Schools in Gugulethu as they got to be mascots for the PSL match between Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns at the Cape Town Stadium. These young soccer stars gave it their all during the season to secure the winning VIP Spur Masidlale experience. It was a particularly exciting season in the boys’ category as the 2012 defending champions Lwazi Primary were hoping to make it to number one again. However, Sonwabo Primary pipped them to the post on goals scored. Both teams won eight of the nine games played and logged one draw each. It was the final goal difference of 32 versus 19 that gave Sonwabo the winning edge and secured the number one spot for them. The girls’ team of Lwazi Primary walked off as champions for the second consecutive year. The enthusiastic team won eight and drew one of their games. Their end tally showed them scoring 43 goals, while only conceding nine. Both teams agreed that the effort was most definitely worth it as they got to enjoy a tasty burger meal at Seven Spur in Sea Point before heading out to the Cape Town Stadium for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to field the team with soccer professionals. Excitement was mounting as the teams entered the dresser rooms to change into their special mascot outfits and get a team briefing. Although great fun, being a mascot for a live broadcast soccer game, is serious business and everything runs according to a well organised programme. Heading into the tunnel with television camera’s rolling and the stadium lights in sight, excitement was mounting and expectations building for the big moment when each mascot would get to hold the hand of one of their soccer heroes. The signal was given and the proud mascots were paired with a professional player to head out onto the field. Cameras were flashing and soccer fans blowing their vuvuzelas as players and mascots . . .
Golfers participating in the annual Boardwalk Retail Golf Day will be able to meet celebrities Maps Maponyane (voted South Africa’s sexiest man) and Naas Botha, former rugby Springbok and now a well-known rugby analyst and presenter. Funds will be raised for the Vistarus Centre in Sydenham through the annual charity event, which takes place at the Humewood Golf Club on Friday, October 11. Vistarus supports over 600 destitute people of all ages, giving them a fresh start in life by providing employment opportunities and support. Masego (Maps) Maponyane, the 23-year-old son of legendary soccer player Marks Maponyane, was voted Cosmopolitan’s 2013 “sexiest man” in South Africa. Botha remained the highest points scorer in Springbok rugby history for a number of years, with a points total of 312, until 17 July 2004, when his tally was passed by Percy Montgomery. However, Montgomery passed him in his 50th match, while Botha had only played in 28. Today he is well known for as a SuperSport and M-Net rugby presenter. Both Maponyane and Botha will be playing on the day, and will also be at the prize giving. A four-ball for the fun-filled charity golf day with bags of prizes will cost R2 200.00 (excl VAT). For more information and bookings contact Michelle Brown on 084 222 9347. More Info link:: Twitter: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SiyathethaCommunications?ref=ts&fref=ts YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None For high res version/s of these None image/s please contact: Siyathetha Communications Images:Photographer: Photographer: Photographer: . . .
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University has been selected to host the three-day opening leg of the inaugural Varsity Netball series, which starts in Port Elizabeth on September 21. The action-packed series, which draws its inspiration from the popular Varsity Cup rugby, will see eight tertiary institutions competing in a fast-paced, made-for-television format. NMMU journalism student Dumisane Chauke will captain the SPAR-Madibaz side as they take on the University of Johannesburg, University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University in the initial round-robin competition. Chauke, who was named goal shooter of the tournament at the South African senior championships last month, will lead a strong attack alongside former Protea centre Mampho Tsotetsi. The home team will also present a solid defence, spearheaded by masters student and goalkeeper Zanele Vimbela. Vimbela was part of the national squad that took silver in the World University Netball Championships in Cape Town last year. According to SPAR-Madibaz netball manager Theresa le Roux, spectators could look forward to high quality netball, as the universities' senior national players would be available for most of the six-week series. She said the home team expected strong competition from the likes of UJ and Maties on the opening weekend. Le Roux said one of the highlights would be the introduction of the two-minute power play. "Each team gets a chance to call a random power play and any goals scored during that time will count two points instead of one." Aside from some exciting netball, she said audiences could also look forward to a festive atmosphere, with lots of crowd participation and sponsored giveaways during the breaks. Le Roux said the action would take place at the Missionvale campus on the Saturday and Sunday, with matches starting at 2pm and 3.30pm. The teams then move to the university's South Campus for the live TV broadcast on the Monday night, where UJ will take . . .
Fans of South African rockers The Parlotones will get an exclusive preview of their new album when they tune in to DStv's SuperSport 8 channel on Monday evening. Selected tracks from the band's fifth studio album, Stand Like Giants, will form the soundtrack to the half-hour Old Mutual joBerg2c highlights package. This is the second time that The Parlotones have collaborated with the nine-day mountain bike race, after their single "Brave and Wild" was used as the official theme song last year. According to race organiser Craig Wapnick, the band's previous album Journey Through the Shadows had really resonated with participants on the 910km journey from Johannesburg to Scottburgh. "The theme song, for example, perfectly captured the riders' experience on some spectacular sections of single track in the middle of nowhere. "This year, we have chosen the track 'Powerful' from their new album." Wapnick said working with a well-known local act like The Parlotones highlighted the feel-good factor and South African soul of the event. "The focus of the show is the many 'sections of happiness' or single track trails across our great country. We've put together some great music and inspiring footage that just makes you want to ride." CEO of Sovereign Entertainment and band manager Raphael Domalik said the innovative campaign was well timed ahead of the album's release on September 28. "The Parlotones' music is always uplifting and cinematic, which makes it easy to place the music to the visuals." Domalik said the new album, which was generally about standing united and overcoming obstacles together, promised to be one of the Los Angeles-based band's definitive works. "Stand Like Giants is going to live up to its name and remind people why they fell in love with The Parlotones in the first place." The first single, "Sleepwalker", featuring SA hip-hop artist Khuli Chana, is already receiving extensive airplay. The Old Mutual joBerg2c show, . . .