Port Elizabeth: Sunday 16 December 2012, sees the start of the 2012 About IT Triathlon Summer Series, a 3-part sprint distance triathlon Series, with round 1 being the popular Summies to Sards Triathlon. Starting at 8am at Pollok Beach, a mixture of social and competitive teams and individuals will kick off with a 750m which is then followed by a 20km cycle to Schoenmakerskop and ends with a 5km trail run along the Sacramento Trail taking runners from Schoenies through to Sardinia Bay and back again. "The Summer Series Series has been around for over a decade now and each year it grows, this year we are focusing on building the interest in the team category which offers non-triathletes the opportunity to take part in the sport whilst combining with their friends, family or collegues," said Series organiser Mike Zoetmulder of Zports. "The sprint distance consists of a 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run which is achievable for most novice sports enthusiasts." Already confirmed for Sunday's event is SA rugby legend Ollie le Roux who last year completed the Series with close friend and former World pole vault champion Okkert Britz who lives in PE. This fun triathlon, sanctioned by Eastern Province Triathlon, attracts hundreds of participants each year and is followed up with another on Sunday 23rd December before the Series concludes on Boxing Day (26th) at Port St Francis. About IT, new naming sponsors of the Series, is a national company offering tailor-made Information Technology solutions and have keenly invested in the promotion of water sport based events in Nelson Mandela Bay this season. With a local branch that is very active in the sporting scene, About IT are excited to be associated with the Triathlon Summer Series which offers elite and social participants the opportunity to get out there and have fun this December. The event is expected to attract over 150 participants for round 1 which will see the swimmers doing a 750m swim in the ocean . . .
Media Release Date: 5 December 2012 Subject: Kwazulu-Natal Coaching Symposium to be hosted by KZN Athletics this weekend To download high resolution image attached to this story, see bottom of this media release KZN Athletics has taken its first big step towards realizing their stated vision of producing quality Olympians for the 2016 games in Rio, with a coaching symposium to be held at Mr. Price Kings Park Rugby Stadium this coming Saturday (8 December). According to KZN Athletics President, Sello Mokoena, a big part of identifying young talent is to make athletics a mass participation sport in all regions of KZN, and once identified, afford talented athletes the opportunity to be trained by suitably competent coaches. “We believe that coaching plays a central role in any sporting development, and it is for this reason that KZN Athletics started with the symposium, which is not a training session, but a think tank between ourselves and a number of coaches we have in the province. The symposium will happen in conjunction with the ASA/SASCOC “train the trainer” programme, as well as South African Adapted IAAF Level 1 Coaching training which kicks off through ASA in January 2013” said Mokoena. It is hoped that the symposium will identify training needs, especially in district and local municipalities, where raw talent lies, and route candidates through the above coaching programmes by ASA. Amongst the prominent facilitators confirmed for the symposium are Michael Seme (who produced champions and Olympians such as Caster Semenya and Stephen Mokoka), Richard Mayer, (Author of the bestselling “The Three men called Mathews” book), as well as legends such as Xolile Yawa, Hedrick Mokganyetsi and Willie Mtolo. Other local facilitators include Victor Vaz, who produced champion track & field athletes over the past four decades as well as Vijay Balram, a trained coach now at the provincial DSR. Amongst the invited dignitaries to give input are the . . .
Rocky Mountain Bicycles has renewed its title sponsorship of the Southern Cape’s premier stage race, the Rocky Mountain Garden Route 300, which takes place in and around Knysna from February 22 to 24. The upmarket Canadian bicycle brand, which has had a presence in South Africa for almost three years, confirmed its commitment following a sell-out event this year. According to Rocky Mountain brand manager Eugene Haley, the race had all the hallmarks of becoming one of the top stage races in the country. “This is our second year of sponsorship and we anticipate this relationship continuing for at least the next couple of years.” Haley said the 300km race, which follows a clover-shaped route through indigenous forests and mountains, represented the kind of riding at which Rocky Mountain bikes excelled. “Because the bikes are tested in Canada on what are considered to be the best, toughest and most technical mountain bike trails in the world, we feel they are ideally suited to withstand the rigours of riding in South Africa.” He said the title sponsorship would include a cash component as well as a range of lucky draw prizes. These include a full-carbon 29-inch bike worth R40 000 and Evoc product giveaways valued at R10 000. In addition, long-standing race beneficiary, the Knysna Sport School, would receive an entry-level bike for its cycling development programme, said Haley. Local pro team and this year’s runners-up, Jarryd Haley and Timo Cooper, riding in the sponsor’s colours, would return for a crack at the title, said Haley. Cooper won the inaugural event in 2011 with Jacques Rossouw. “We will also be pairing Renay Groustra with German rider Daniel Gathof, who has had multiple podium finishes for Team Rocky Mountain in stage races like the TransAlp.” Riders will compete for an overall prize purse of R70 000, which is sponsored by First National Bank. Race director Patric Mosterd of Garden Route Events said the race, which is . . .
Cape Town, South Africa, November 2012 Never mind the World Cup, the FA Cup, and the Euro Cup for some homegrown, fast-paced soccer action, what you need is the Heart Cup! Heart 104.9FM is celebrating local soccer, on the 1st and 2nd December, at the Mitchells Plain Festival. Heart 104.9FM is having their first annual Heart Cup a 5-a-side action football tournament, where you get to be the MVP! Games are 5-a-side action soccer, and played in ten minute matches Matches are on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December, at the Mitchells Plain Festival at Westridge Gardens. Dont forget to invite your family and friends to support, and to watch the Heart 104.9FM jocks face off against local celebs like Chad Saaiman, Sekoati Tsubane, Lloyd Jansen and Martin Prazak in a 5-a-side Celebrity Match on Sunday, 2 December, around 12h00! The Heart Cup is brought to you by Heart 104.9 and the Mitchells Plain Festival One Festival, Many Opportunities. Keep your dial locked onto Heart 104.9FM 24 hours a day, Monday to Sunday, or visit www.1049.fm. Ends / 153 words Media release issued by DTM SA on behalf of Heart 104.9FM. For press assistance contact Marieza van Zyl on +27 21 419 2699 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information on DTM SA visit www.dtmsa.co.za, contact Karen du Toit on +27 21 419 2699 / 94 or e-mail email@example.com. More Info: Author: Simone Jansen from DTMSA. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
The University of Johannesburg has signalled its intent to enter the footballing big leagues with the signing of former Bafana Bafana defender Bradley Carnell as head coach this week. Carnell will guide the UJ men’s team in their quest to win the SAFA promotional league as well as qualify for the Varsity Sports tournament and University Sport South Africa club championships. The university gained promotion to the SAFA league by winning the Mayfair Local Football Association League this season and is currently top of the log. The former German Bundesliga player said he had always known that UJ was “a sleeping giant” and that he was looking forward to giving back to the sport that had given him an 18-year international career. “I’ve been so fortunate to be involved in the world’s biggest sporting code. Football teaches you so many things on and off the field, so it’s only natural to hand down some of the ‘tricks of the trade’. “Even at an amateur level you should strive to be the best. Creating a competitive team with confidence, self-belief, discipline and structure are key factors of my approach.” Carnell said he was excited to be mentoring talents like Itumeleng Mogotsi, Ruben de Freitas and Lerato Tleane, and that recruiting top student athletes was essential in rebuilding the team. “Building up the right structure is the key to long-term success. Being prepared for bigger and better things down the line, especially the Varsity Sports tournament, really creates a lot of excitement on campus. “This should be on every student’s agenda if they are active footballers and are looking to step up to the next level. To build a competitive team in a year or two would be a great achievement and a challenge I’m looking forward to.” Carnell, who became one of South Africa’s youngest professional footballers at age 16, said his gamble had paid off but that education should remain the number one priority. “Only a small percentage of amateur players . . .
The rugby team from Ithembelihle Comprehensive School in Port Elizabeth received the "Best School Rugby Team of the Year” award at the 2012 SA Sports Awards and proved that hard work pays off. According to team couch Theo Pieterse, the team was nominated in two categories for this year's South African National Sports Awards, namely “Best School Team of the Year” and “School Development Team of the Year”. “The team had an exceptional season with convincing wins over some very established rugby schools in the Eastern Cape and I am particularly proud that they have proven through this award that they are now counted amongst the fully developed rugby teams,” said Pieterse. It has been a long road since Pieterse first started a rugby development program in Port Elizabeth in 1979. He initially formed a combined school side in 1994 for all the schools in New Brighton to play against the second rugby teams of schools like Grey and Westering. Although most games were lost in those days, many great players – like Solly Tyibilika, came from that side. The first real breakthrough came in 2002 when fly-half Lunguisa January and crash-tackling inside centre Stoba Magaba made history when they became the first two players to be selected for the Eastern Province Craven Week side. Representatives from Spur Group eagerly followed the progress of the team in the local newspapers and were concerned that the team was running out of funds despite their 2005 victory of 29-27 over giant rugby school Famesby. They decided to approach coach Theo Pieterse with an offer to back the team. Pieterse explained that transport was one of their biggest challenges as they played all their matches away from home due to the unacceptable conditions of their playing field. According to Khakhi Diala of Spur, it was the commitment of the team and their coach that urged Spur to back this particular school side. “At the time Spur became involved, the team were playing in different colour . . .
ADULT TAG RUGBY® TOURNAMENT AT CELL C NMB SEVENS A new addition to the Cell C NMB Sevens in 2012 has been a Tens Rugby event. This sees 10 players (and not 7 or 15) playing in a team in a Tournament. It is a festive occasion and ties in well with the Rugby Biggest party theme. Adult Tag Rugby® is growing extremely quickly in South Africa (now part of the widely acclaimed Corporate Games held in Cape Town annually.) We are extremely proud to have recently become a part of the three Tens events held in South Africa annually. These events are the Jozi Tens, PE Tens and the Cape Town Tens. The Adult Tag Rugby® event takes place on Sunday 9 December on the fields adjacent to the NM Stadium from 10:00 – 13:00. You can enter a team of staff, family or your favourite clients. Entry gets you a ticket to the Cell C Sevens event and a t-shirt. Tag Rugby® is a non-contact form of the game and a tackle is made by removing a ribbon when your opponent has the ball. The game is fast, fun and great for corporate team building. Men and women can play in the same team and don’t worry, there is no kicking, scrums or line outs and beginners can play too… To enter a team of 10 players in the Adult Tag Rugby® event or put your name down to play in a team please contact Gerhard Scholtz firstname.lastname@example.org or on 021 683 2269. More Info: Author: Carol Vosloo from Tag Rugby Promotions . Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
In a first for international off-road racing on the southern tip of Africa, the 2013 edition of the Old Mutual joBerg2c will see timed enduro sections included in the nine-day mountain bike journey across South Africa. Dubbed “the race within the race”, these single-track sections would be known as the Red Bull Runs and give riders the opportunity to show their skill, said one of the organisers Craig Wapnick. Wapnick said there would be seven timed sections in the 910km (565 mile) race, which starts in Heidelberg near Johannesburg on April 26 and crosses the country before finishing at Scottburgh, south of Durban, on May 4. “We will carefully choose the sections to ensure that they are not too dangerous but still challenging. The Red Bull Runs are there for teams and solo riders to have some fun.” According to him, enduro racing – which involves completing a number of stages against the clock in the shortest overall time – was fast becoming one of the most compelling formats around the world. “It allows good technical riders who may not be able to compete for the podium in a normal marathon to show their skill on single-track stretches of around 5km each.” Wapnick said the Old Mutual joBerg2c, which incorporated SA’s best known three-day races in the Nedbank sani2c and FedGroup Berg & Bush, was known for its smooth-flowing trails. “For example, for those who are familiar with these routes, we will have a timed run from the top of Spioenkop down Long Drop Pass on day four, which is day two of Berg and Bush. “We will also have one from the top of Nick’s Pass to the school on day eight, which is day two of sani2c.” He said the enduro sections, timed by Spectrum Sport, would provide a burst of competitive excitement and give all participants something to look forward to. “There are many great riders in the field who are not racing snakes but who will hold their own on these sections.” Wapnick said the daily winners and overall podium . . .
University sport in South Africa is set to get a high-performance boost with the launch of the Varsity Sports competition platform, which took place in Plettenberg Bay on Wednesday and Margate on Thursday. Spawned from the highly successful Varsity Cup rugby tournament, Varsity Sports is the result of a partnership between 11 of South Africa’s top universities and Advent Sport Entertainment and Media (Asem). Speaking at the launch, Asem CEO and former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar said the first phase of the made-for-television inter-university competition would get underway at the end of the month with two action-packed Olympic sporting codes in men’s rugby sevens and women’s beach volleyball. The latter was introduced at the Atlanta games in 1996, with the former set to make its debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. "I personally believe there is so much sevens talent out there that will emerge through Varsity Sports," said Pienaar. "And this year women’s beach volleyball was the most sought after ticket at the Olympics. You’ve got great athletes, it’s glamorous and great fun." According to him, the competition, which had been three years in the making, aimed to achieve three major goals. "Firstly, we want to be the high-performance level between school and professional sport, giving those students with talent the chance to compete on television in a structured environment." To this end, Pienaar said Varsity Sports would play a supporting role to all University Sport South Africa structures and sporting federations. "Secondly, Varsity Sports will be assisting with transforming the sport to provide opportunities at tertiary level. But, and this is very important, the participants have to study and be successful because there is life after sport. "And, thirdly, we have to commercialise the space in order to bring sponsors on board and ensure that the concept is sustainable and self-sufficient." Co-sponsors First National Bank, Steers . . .
A number of big retail brands, including a national bank, have signalled their confidence in the rejuvenated Port Elizabeth central business district by moving into Pier 14 Shopping Centre on Govan Mbeki Avenue in time for the festive season. The most recent addition, the North End branch of Standard Bank, is relocating to Pier 14 and will open for business on December 1. It joins new fast food franchise outlets Debonairs Pizza and Cassie’s, which started trading last month. According to Martin Wragge, CEO of GRITprop Investments, which owns Pier 14 Shopping Centre, the influx of national tenants was in part due to a five-year, R40-million expansion process. "The upgrade has increased footfall and turnover and we now have more than eight million feet passing through our doors annually." Wragge said management was anticipating bumper peak season trading, with retail turnovers expected to top R270 million for the financial year. "We are thrilled that our efforts to increase trading volumes are finally paying off." He said total average trading densities were up by 18.1% and that the trend was expected to continue as management not only attracted new tenants but also "right-sized" the existing tenant base. "Too many of our tenants have been trading in oversized spaces due to historically cheap rentals." Over the past six months, Pier 14 had been engaged in a process of reducing the floor space of existing tenants by between 20 and 50%, said Wragge. "The result is better densities, more affordable rentals and greater profitability for the tenants and centre alike." He said the downsizing process had also opened up new trading spaces for retailers on the ground and first floors, which had been fully occupied for some time. Wragge said this had helped to diversify Pier 14’s tenant mix, which comprised mainly fashion, footwear, music, furniture and appliances, as well as health and beauty stores. "With the recent addition of Cassie’s and . . .