The Bestmed Satellite Classic, to be held near Hartbeespoort Dam in the North West Province on October 13, will provide cyclists with the perfect launching pad for the upcoming road-racing season. The annual cycling extravaganza comprises a number of options headed by the feature 110km race, which has the plus factor of being a premier seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour. That seeding status also applies to the 84km distance, while the third race over 60km ensures that the Classic caters for cyclists of all levels. Race organisers ASG Events are going all out to make this a day to remember, with a number of improvements having been introduced. ASG chief executive Fritz Pienaar said one of the significant changes to the event this year would ease the traffic congestion of previous races. "We have taken note of the feedback we received in terms of this issue, which occurred when there was only one entrance and two lanes of traffic," he said. "This time we have a second entrance and an exit route will be available to allow for an easier flow of traffic. Motorists should note that this is a gravel road." He added that they had also worked on improving the offering at the race village to create a festive atmosphere for cyclists and supporters. "They can expect a much better race village, which will have a wide range of food vendors and clothing stalls. "There will be entertainment and music, while supporters can enjoy breakfast or a day tour at Maropeng's Cradle of Humankind." He said a special rate had been arranged, with an entry fee of R120 for adults and R85 for children aged four to 18. Students can book for R75 per person on presentation of a valid student card. For bookings, you can contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, and use Satellite 2018 as a reference. On the race itself, Pienaar said they were confident of hosting another top-class event. "Although some may use it as preparation for upcoming . . .
Final Day Of The Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS – All The Results. Event: Billabong Junior Series Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls. Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Dates: September 28 – 30. Seal Point, Cape St Francis – Breezy onshore conditions and a slight surge in swell greeted competitors on the final day of competition at the Billabong Junior Series Finale, and the first heat of the day – the U12 Girls Final was sent straight out. Gabi Herbst was the surfer of the morning with a few incredible rides in the mixed up conditions, including an 8.0 ride for the title. Sarah Scott was the runner up. Kai Hall was the champion in the U12 Boys final, banking one huge score for two critical turns on a big set wave for a score of 9.33 and an unassailable lead, closely followed by Joel Fowles who surfed impressively on his backhand. The U14 Girls division was a slow heat, with low scores and at the end of the heat it was Aimee Du Preez who emerged as the winner, with Olivia Winter in second place. Luke Thompson caught 11 waves in his Final heat to defeat James Ribbink in what was an exciting and fast U14 Boys heat. Thompson’s strategy of hard and fast surfing, catch anything that moves proved to be the winning formula, with Ribbink Daniel Emslie and Brad Scott filling up the minor slots. As the tide dropped out and the onshore waves continued to pour through relentlessly, the U16 Girls headed out for their final, and it was an action-packed exchange, with three of the girls on their backhand and one on her forehand. Zoe Steyn emerged victorious with a safe win against her counterparts, with Kayla Nogueira, Ceara Knight and Caroline Brown in second, third and fourth respectively. The U16 Boys was another final dogged by few sets and low scores, with Tide-Lee Ireland snagging the win from York Van Jaarsveldt with a . . .
Event: Billabong Junior Series Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls. Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Dates: September 28 – 30. Seal Point, Cape St Francis – Excellent three-foot waves with offshore conditons greeted the surfers on day 2 of the Billabong Junior Series Finale pres. by BOS, and the Pro Junior divisions were sent straight out in the early morning light. It was high action from the get-go, and Bryce Du Preez and Calvin Goor were the Men’s standouts along with Ceara Knight and Zoe Steyn in the Women’s division. Steyn was awarded a 9,33 out of a possible 10 points for her best ride, in which she executed a series of radical turns along the inside, ending up on the rocks. “I just saw such a good section on that wave and managed to hook it all the way past the rocks,” said Steyn. “There wasn’t priority at that stage so I had to hussle a bit to get that wave.” In the U14 Boys James Ribbink dominated his heat and although it was a bit wave-starved he banked two good scores for the heat win. “There weren’t too many waves out there in that heat, so I got an insider just to quickly open up my score,” said Ribbink. “Then I saw another decent looking wave and paddled further out and got it. I managed a couple of carves on it and so had two decent scores quite early on in the heat.” Ribbink advanced along with Connor Slijpen. Other surfers who shone in this division were Christian Venter, an on-form Daniel Emslie, and Brad Scott. Ribbink went on to win his semifinal and will compete in the U14 Final tomorrow. In the highly competitive U16 Boys division Mitch Du Preez and York Van Jaarsveldt advanced to the Final, leaving Aya Gericke and Josh Daniel in their wake. The second Semifinal in this division was a close affair, with Tide-Lee Ireland winning ahead of Reilly Mare. Sam Bennie and Nathan Perris were both eliminated in the . . .
Gymkhana GRiD World Finals to be held in South Africa on 1st December 2018 Celebrating Gymkhana GRiD’s seventh year of competition Totally unique competition format as GRiD returns to Carnival City, Johannesburg, for the second time, after the inaugural event in 2017 50 international drivers go head to head in two classes, set to burn rubber on a custom designed track layout One of Motorsport’s most unique competitions – attracting a full grid of elite international drivers is set to hold its world final in South Africa this year. That’s right; Gymkhana GRiD is back, and returning to Carnival City Johannesburg, at the end of the 2018 competition season. This not only means a one-of a kind racing spectacle will be going live on December 1st, but also, for all except two drivers, there’s a chance for redemption and a second shot at the coveted GRiD podium. For the series seventh year of tyre slaying, GRiD returns to the vast Carnival City Resort complex, with a faster, and more technical track layout – offering a fresh set of challenges to test man and machine to the absolute edge of their performance. Last year the Savannah of shred and a Braai of burnouts witnessed reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson (All-Wheel Drive) and four-time Gymkhana GRiD rear-wheel drive class champion Luke Woodham steal the show in the final battles, leaving the rest of the field in their dust. Now the scene is set for a sequel of epic proportions. Luke Woodham explains: “It gets harder and harder every year. There are some big names coming over to South Africa, and I want to put up a good fight for the title again. Certainly I never expected to win it two times in a row, let alone three or four times in succession. But by all means I’m coming back in better shape than before – faster, and stronger. There’s a lot of pressure for sure – most of which I put on myself, but mainly I’m just excited now to get there and drive at GRiD again. It’s the . . .
Champions Decided at Billabong Junior Series in Cape St Francis this Weekend Event: Billabong Junior Series Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls. Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Dates: September 28 – 30. Seal Point, Cape St Francis – The best junior surfers in the country are arriving in Seal Point for the final event in the 2018 Billabong Junior Series. The surf forecast for the contest has signs that it might be an epic weekend of surfing at the ever-consistent Seal Point, with plenty of swell around for the competitors to display their top surfing skills to the judges. This event is possibly one of the most crucial junior surfing tournaments of the year, with much at stake for the competitors. Firstly there are the stand-alone event results, with surfers wanting to win this contest for points and prize money. Leading on from this, there are the Billabong Junior Series winners. Two event results count for these winners – from both the Billabong Junior Series Ballito and Seal Point events. This event will also crown the World Surf League (WSL) Africa Junior champions, which will also lead on to the qualification for the WSL World Junior Championships, including the top four men and top two women surfers who will compete in the World Junior Championships in Taiwan in December 2018. It promises to be an action-packed and dramatic weekend of surfing. The WSL Africa Men’s Junior Tour is currently being led by Luke Slijpen, with Eli Beukes and Max Elkington hot on his heels, and Dillon Hendricks and Bryce Du Preez not far behind. Slijpen has had an excellent competitive year and has a healthy lead in this division, with Beukes more than one thousand points behind him. In the WSL Africa Women’s Junior Tour rankings, Kai Woolf is out in front with a comfortable lead over second ranked Zoe Steyn, with Sophie Bell in third place going in . . .
SPAR Madibaz captain Jeanie Steyn says they are fired up to continue "an amazing journey" when they contest the Varsity Netball semifinals in Pretoria on Monday. The Nelson Mandela University outfit completed a superb round-robin programme by beating Stellenbosch in Port Elizabeth this week to finish level on points with UP-Tuks - 26 each. However, the Pretoria side, who were the only team to beat Madibaz in the first phase of the tournament, took second place because they had a superior goal difference. This earned them a home encounter against the PE outfit. Free State University, who defeated North-West University in their final match to top the log, will face Stellenbosch in the other semifinal in Bloemfontein. Steyn, the player of the match in Monday's 46-36 win against Maties, said she was excited about the semifinal clash against Tuks. "We have had really good preparations this year and everything that needed to be done has been done," she said. "Following the wins against Pukke [North-West], Kovsies [Free State] and Maties the girls' confidence is on a high. "I firmly believe that if we can maintain that we can beat Tuks." She added that their focus would be on trying to shut down the fast-paced nature of the Pretoria outfit's game. "After the Maties clash we know what we have to work on in our game. In addition, Tuks sometimes battle to adapt to a slower pace and if we can do that we have a good chance." Madibaz shrugged off the tension of securing a spot in the semifinals with their win against Maties. "The most important thing was to focus on what our strengths were and not to over-think it too much," said Steyn. "We didn't go in with the attitude of ‘this is make or break'. Rather we just focused on what we needed to do to get the right result. "I'm really proud of the team because they stepped up a notch." The Madibaz skipper said it had been a "very special year for the side". "It has been a great journey . . .
Madibaz player Hayley Ward relished the opportunity to further her promising squash career after ending seventh in the World University Championships in England earlier this month. The 20-year-old accounting student was a member of the South African team which played in the individual and team events in Birmingham. SA finished sixth in the team competition. Realising that she would be up against strong opposition, Ward said she didn't place too much pressure on herself going into the event. "Some of the other student players are the best in their country, so I really didn't expect too much," she said. "I went in with the attitude of doing the best I possibly could as I was just happy to have made the team in the first place." Although she knew the competition would be stiff, Ward said it was probably an advantage that she didn't know that much about her rivals. "I think that was a good thing as you didn't get psyched out before you even were on court," she added. The Madibaz player, who won the EP Closed earlier this year, showed her resilience by winning her first match in five games, against Sum Yin Li of Hong Kong. She followed that up by defeating New Zealand's Eleanor Epke, seeded 5-8, in the next round, also in five games. "To beat a seeded player to go through to the quarters was a special memory," said Ward. "Another highlight was playing my final individual match on the full glass court, which was an amazing experience all on its own." She added that just being part of the national team and supporting the other players made it a tournament to remember. "Overall, it was an amazing experience and I am so happy I got to go with a great bunch of teammates and managers who made the trip even more special." This was Ward's first appearance at the world university event and she was able to absorb a number of lessons during the competition. "It provides a chance for you to see how players from around the world approach the . . .
Squash star Alexa Pienaar kept the University of Johannesburg flag flying high when she won the silver medal at the World University Squash Championships women's event earlier this month. The 24-year-old UJ player produced one of the best performances by a South African at the tournament, played in Birmingham, England, when she qualified for the final. There she came up against England's Lily Taylor and went down in straight games, but acknowledged it was another massive learning experience in her squash career. "I did not do too well when I last played in this event in 2016, losing in the first round, and this time I targeted a spot in the top eight, at the least," said Pienaar. "I was extremely pleased when I won my semifinal match [against Zoe Foo of Malaysia] and suddenly realised that I was through to the final. "It was all a little overwhelming and happened so fast to be honest, but it was amazing nevertheless." Having beaten top seed Grace Gear in the earlier rounds, Pienaar faced another English player in the final. She admitted she felt the pressure of such a big occasion. "I knew everyone from home was watching my match [on live streaming], not to mention the crowd," said this year's University Sport SA champion. "My opponent seemed to just have the edge, mentally and physically. I was a little hesitant and it took a toll on my confidence. "I feel that I could have played better, but she was obviously the better player on the day. I was a little disappointed in not being able to keep the intensity and level of focus that I had up until that point, but I was still happy to have made it so far." Pienaar said the competition at the Worlds was always strong, with several players ranked in the top 100. "That is quite incredible considering that we are all students and do not have the time to travel abroad and play many of the international tournaments. "I am certain that many of these players will reach the top 50 in the . . .
THABANG DOES IT AGAIN AT 4 PEAKS Despite coming into the race with injuries and 8 weeks of on-again off-again training, Thabang Madiba has taken podium position at the 2018 Trappers Bloemfontein 4 Peaks Mountain Challenge presented by Bloemfontein Courant and realised his goal of setting a new course record! He now holds the title for both the “forward” and “reverse” routes of the race. “4 Peaks is always the toughest race on the calendar. I went into the race not feeling the greatest after having injuries and not being able to train consistently – so this result is amazing,” exclaims Thabang. “I said earlier this month that one of my goals was to set a new course record for this route and I am really thrilled to have been able to do that today!” Thabang took first place in a time of 2hrs39min56sec, with Simon Tshabalala hot on his heels in 2nd place in 2hrs39min57sec and Sampie Makoekoe in 3rd place in 3hrs01min54sec. The ladies race was won by last year’s reverse champion, Trude Carstens, in a time of 4hrs09min01sec, with Tara-Lea van Zyl in second place in a time of 4hrs09min02sec and Caryn Phipson taking 3rd place in a time of 4hrs21min08sec. “What an honour to not only be back at this amazing, but super tough race, but to take the title again!” says Trude Carstens. “The race went really well, I suffered a little bit in the last 8km which is when Tara-Lea caught up with me, but I was able to dig deep and pip her at the line!” Great weather conditions ensured all athletes had a great run on the mountain. “We are delighted to have had such an exciting race between our top two men and ladies,” says race organiser Mike de Haast of Pure Adventures. “All in all it’s been a fantastic day out – we couldn’t have asked for more!” Dubbed as the toughest 24km trail race in South Africa with a vertical accent of over 1800m, the race takes place on the picturesque Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve. The terrain is definitely not for the faint of heart and . . .
A number of successes during its seven-year existence have underlined the value of the Madibaz Football Club's outreach programme with township schools. Having started in 2011 with Phakamisa High, the club linked hands with Zwide school Ndzondelelo High in 2014 and the sustainability of the arrangement is a firm step in the right direction. Madibaz Sport Football manager Mark Tommy said they had initiated the project to create a permanent form of development, rather than the one-off tournaments and clinics they had previously arranged. In the most recent evidence of the programme's success, Ndzondelelo won the U19 provincial final of the Kay Motsepe Cup and will represent the Eastern Cape in the national finals of the competition next month. Ndzondelelo coach Asanda Gomba said this outcome, in addition to league successes in the U16 and U18 age-groups, was a direct result of the association between the Nelson Mandela University club and the school. "This programme has helped the [Ndzondelelo] team to achieve in school tournaments and their participation in the Pefa [Port Elizabeth Football Association] leagues makes it much easier for our coaches," he said. "The rhythm of the players' performances never stops. We take time to prepare the boys during the Pefa leagues and have achieved much success against clubs who essentially draw their players from all over the city." Besides the Kay Motsepe success, Gomba said their teams won the Pefa U16 league and Knockout competition in 2016 and 2017. The U18s are in the Knockout final this year. "In the U18 league, our biggest rivals are Chippa United, an academy team selected from the best players in the city. "I am extremely proud of our achievements because the team have also twice qualified to play in the Engen U17 regional tournament." Ndzondelelo teacher Dumisa Thys, who has been intimately involved with the project since the start, said becoming the Kay Motsepe U19 Eastern Cape champions . . .