January 2013 Press release 2013 LEARNERS REDISCOVERING ROAD TO FITNESS It's a new school year filled with fresh exciting challenges, like the seventh Kellogg’s® Health of the Nation 50-Hour Sports Challenge, which gets 5,000 young learners back 'on the ball' by keeping a ball in motion for 50 hours. Organised by national youth sports development agency Sporting Chance, the fun-filled Challenge aims to inspire a lifelong passion for exercise and sport. According to coordinator Brad Bing, the Challenge is a step in the right direction towards reaffirming an active lifestyle amongst South African youth, a lengthy process which is now underway, which is benefitting from both corporate and government support. "The fitness of an entire generation of South African children has been compromised since physical education was significantly downscaled in the national school curriculum in 1999, and it will take another seven years before the reintroduced physical education programmes become fully functional, following comprehensive teacher education. Research has shown that children develop healthy habits by the age of 12. “If you’re not playing sport or leading an active and healthy lifestyle by then, the chances are that sport and physical activity will not feature in your adult life,” says Bing. Explaining the origin of the Challenge, Bing said that a 2004 study revealed that an alarmingly large percentage of South African children were already facing probable obesity-related health problems. "It was obvious that we needed to kick-start an awareness of the importance of exercise and living a healthy lifestyle, which we hoped would grow into a passion for sport and physical activity." ‘There is a need for urgent attention from parents, teachers, organisations and other authorities to address the problems of childhood nutrition and physical activity. "Balanced nutrition and healthy eating combined with exercise are the cornerstones of Kellogg’s® Corn Flakes . . .
The fundraising efforts for the official race charities of The Unlimited Dusi canoe marathon got off to a good start and even earlier than last year. The Unlimited Child, SPCA and DUCT (Dusi Umgeni Conservancy Trust) will benefit from the charity batch of this iconic race. The charity batch online auction has already received nearly R80 000 in bids with four weeks to go before the start of the race. The leading bid of R19300 is currently being held by K3 paddling partners Donovan and Matthew Baney and Etienne Nel. Competitors can now bid online at the official race website www.dusi.co.za to secure an early daily start. The hammer will go down for final bids on 1 February 2013. Almost 1700 paddlers are expected to start each day of the epic three-day event setting off in staggered start batches of 60 paddlers from 06h00. Paddlers in the last batch could start as late as 11h00 when the heat and humidity in the Valley of a 1000 Hills will definitely take its toll. Race organisers have made the fifth batch, which start as 06h30 daily, available for the charity batch auction. The top sixty bidders will secure their places in this batch, which could prove to be a huge competitive advantage. When the charity auction concept was first launched in 2003, a total amount of R60 000 was raised for the race charities. This has grown incrementally year on year and in 2012 the grand total reached over R300 000. The organisers are hoping that the fundraising efforts will exceed R400 000 this year. All the proceeds of the charity batch auction go to non-government organisations working in the areas surrounding the race route, such as early childhood development intervention group The Unlimited Child. This non-profit agency has touched the lives of over 22 000 children by providing educational toys and training more than 900 caregivers at 310 crèches in the region. 5fm sport presenter Sias du Plessis has again pledged his support to the charity and will be racing in the . . .
Longstanding partners Life Healthcare and Gardmed Ambulance Service have reconfirmed their commitment to providing full medical support for The Herald VW Cycle Tour in Addo and Port Elizabeth on February 2 and 3. Life St George’s hospital manager André Bothma said the group was once again proud to be associated with the event. “We have an excellent working relationship with Gardmed and participants can rest assured that they will receive the best possible medical care should they require it.” Bothma said trauma-trained nursing staff from Life St George’s and Life Mercantile hospitals would be on duty in the medical tents at both the mountain bike and road events. “And Gardmed will provide the paramedic support on the routes. In the unfortunate event of an accident or incident, they will assist and bring the rider to our nearest hospital.” According to Gardmed marketing manager Shawn Hartzenberg, the 2013 edition would mark the 10th anniversary of the ambulance service’s involvement with the event. “Immediate and efficient medical treatment is always important when dealing with illness and injuries. We provide a holistic emergency service according to best practice and industry standards.” Hartzenberg said emergency services personnel – qualified in basic, intermediate and advanced life support – would be on duty throughout the weekend festival of cycling. “On the Saturday, two ambulances, an off-road emergency vehicle and quad bikes will cover the mountain bike course.” He said the vehicles would be stationed at high-risk hotspots, such as the top and bottom of the Zuurberg Pass, with the quad bikes providing access to the more remote single-track sections. “We’ll also have a roaming medic who will assist in the medical tent at the Addo Polo Club race village if needed.” Hartzenberg said an additional ambulance crew would be on standby at the family road events on the PE beachfront. “For the Sunday’s feature races, there will be . . .
Due to the demand from budding cyclists, The Herald VW Cycle Tour has introduced an “endurance” challenge for children called the Powerade 10km Sprint. Aimed at the 10 to 12 year age group, the latest addition to the Powerade-sponsored family road events effectively bridges the gap between the 21km Leisure Ride on the one side and the 2km Kiddies’ Ride and 500m Toddlers’ Dash on the other. According to event coordinator Linda Harwood, the new race fulfilled the organisers’ vision to offer a complete weekend festival of cycling. “Like the Leisure Ride, it’s an ideal opportunity for parents to interact with their kids because participants have to be accompanied by an adult.” For older teens, Harwood said the new 55km Pursuit – which replaces the existing 40km and 70km races – would include licensed U14 and U16 racing categories. “Now there really is something for everyone leading up to the 106km Classic feature race.” On the mountain bike side, she said Powerade would once again sponsor the 30km Leisure Challenge, 5km Kiddies’ Challenge and 500m Toddlers’ Dash. She said the cycle tour – which takes place in Port Elizabeth and Addo – epitomised Nelson Mandela Bay’s healthy, family-oriented, outdoor lifestyle. Powerade’s special events manager Danny Williams said it was these values that resonated strongly with the sports drink brand. “Our brand is very much about family togetherness and living a healthy, active lifestyle. We love the fact that the new event has kids riding with their moms and dads.” Williams said the 10km race was a welcome addition to the line-up and that Powerade had been a proud sponsor of the road and mountain bike family events since their inception. He said the sponsorship would once again include a financial contribution, liquid refreshment for participants and novelty items for the goodie bags. “Our two Gig Rigs (mobile music trucks) will also add to the festive atmosphere over the weekend.” Aside from the . . .
Following its successful launch last year, the Cyclo Pro/GT mobile repair unit will once again provide neutral technical support at The Herald VWSA Cycle Tour on February 2 and 3. According to GT regional manager Stephen Craddock, the service proved to be extremely popular among participants at both the mountain bike and road events in Addo and Port Elizabeth respectively. “It was unbelievable and the response was amazing. Hopefully people will be just as impressed this time round as they were last year.” Craddock said the unit, which will be situated at the start/finish area at each event, was fully equipped as a mobile workshop. “We’ll be able to sort out most problems on any bike that comes to us.” In addition, tour co-founder Rob Rudman’s mobile mechanics will provide back-up and do basic repairs en route. Rudman, who owns Cyclo Pro, said Cycling South Africa rules prevented them from offering assistance on the 80km Extreme and 60km Adventure mountain bike routes but that the roaming mechanics would be able to assist fun riders in the 30km Powerade Leisure Challenge on the Saturday. “Addo is full of thorns, so you must make sure that you have sealant in your tyres. If you go without, you will get stuck.” He said repair vehicles would also be out on the road for the 106km Classic and 55km Pursuit events in Port Elizabeth on the Sunday. “It’s a free service but if some major parts are required, the rider will have to purchase these.” Rudman advised participants to have their bicycles serviced at least two weeks prior to the event as cycle shops tended to get busy in the run-up to the race. Aside from the mechanical support, he said Cyclo Pro would host a stall at the expo on the Friday for any last-minute equipment and accessory purchases. The expo will take place at the new registration venue on the exhibition level of The Boardwalk Convention Centre opposite Hobie Beach. This will also be the site of the prize-giving at 1pm on . . .
With everything from camping facilities to five-star accommodation available, participants in The Herald VW Cycle Tour will be able to rest easy during their stay in Nelson Mandela Bay. The annual weekend festival of cycling, which includes the road events in Port Elizabeth and the mountain bike races at Addo, is set for February 1 to 3 this year. Official accommodation sponsors Town Lodge PE, on the city’s beachfront, and Zuurberg Mountain Village, at Addo, are offering special rates for participants in both disciplines. According to Town Lodge general manager Glenn Pappin, riders would be able to choose from options across the City Lodge Group of Hotels. These include the one-star Road Lodge, two-star Town Lodge, three-star City Lodge and four-star Courtyard Hotel. “The road events begin and end on the beachfront very close to Town Lodge and our three other properties, so it’s excellent exposure for us.” Pappin said he expected occupancy rates to surge over that weekend and that the hotel would further accommodate riders by offering secure bicycle storage and other assistance. Event coordinator Linda Harwood said the newly built Boardwalk Hotel and Spa, which is dubbed the “home of cycling” for the weekend, would round out participants’ hotel options in five-star luxury. On the other end of the scale, Harwood said there would be camping facilities for mountain bikers at the Addo Polo Club race village on the Friday evening. “Instead of rushing to the start early on Saturday morning, bring your tent and family and enjoy an evening out in the country.” In addition, she said, Rennies Travel would coordinate cycle tour-specific travel packages for out-of-town riders. These include special rates on accommodation, flights and car hire where possible. “Depending on your budget and schedule, they’ll create an individual itinerary and take the hassle out of making all those travel arrangements.” Harwood said the official accommodation . . .
Hundreds of social swimmers are expected to head for Kings Beach on the last day of 2012 for the inaugural Nelson Mandela Bay Mile Ocean Swim which has already attracted a lot of attention from open water swimmers from around the country. "Some of South Africa's best open waters swimmers are heading for the Sabrina Love Challenge in Plettenberg Bay on the 28th and are keen to follow this up with the Madiba Mile on the 31st before hitting some of the local stops for a New Years Eve party." said race organiser Mike Zoetmulder of Zports. "We've also had a lot of interest from social swimmers who are in town on holiday and keen to be part of the water sport scene in Nelson Mandela Bay." The Ocean Mile has been added to the water sport program to offer holiday makers the opportunity to be involved in the cities popular open water scene which has exploded since the introduction of the Ironman to Port Elizabeth in 2005. Participants of the cities first official Ocean Mile swim are required to report for entry on Kings Beach on Monday 31st before 8.30am for body marking after which they will walk along the beachfront promenade to Humewood Beach for the start of the one-way Mile swim which will end on Kings Beach alongside the slipway. The swim offers spectators a wonderful spectacle along the entire promenade between Humewood and Kings Beach with swimmers being kept just behind the surf line. Online registration and information available on www.zports.co.za/nmbmile or entry forms available at News Cafe on the Boardwalk. Late entries will be accepted on the morning of the event at Kings Beach from 7.30am. URL: http://www.zports.co.za/nmbmile Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Michael Zoetmulder from Zports. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Popular open water swimming scene in Nelson Mandela Bay Photographer: Zports Start of the . . .
The University of Johannesburg has appointed geneticist Dr Charlotte Scholtz as netball manager following a yearlong search for the right candidate to head up this high performance sports club. Scholtz, who is well known in netball circles, was both Team South Africa manager and on the organising committee for the inaugural World University Netball Championships, which were held in Cape Town in July. According to UJ’s director of sport Sanpat Coetzee, netball is the most popular activity among female students and a flagship sport across all four campuses. The university finished third in this year’s University Sport South Africa tournament, topped the log in the Eastern Gauteng A and B leagues, and will be looking to compete seriously when the new Varsity Sports tournament rolls out next year. Coetzee said the netball club has also produced five players, including current honours student Matlala Mokoko, for the national Protea squad since 2011. “Netball is one of UJ’s high profile sporting codes, therefore we scanned the market for a suitably qualified and experienced specialist who can work with students and has a passion for the sport.” She said the institution had looked for an innovative, self-disciplined and hard-working leader. “Charlotte personifies all of these criteria and is also a team player.” As a provincial player, umpire, coach, selector and administrator, the 38-year-old brings experience in every aspect of the game to her new role. Scholtz, who is currently the national U21 assistant coach, will be responsible for the recruitment and development of top student-athletes and coaching staff, as well as creating opportunities for participation at recreational and competitive levels on all campuses. Coetzee said one of the club’s medium-term goals was the identification and development of talent in the greater Soweto area. “This programme is based at the UJ Soweto campus.” The appointment marks a complete career change for . . .
The Unlimited Dusi 2013 will showcase a star studded line-up of South African celebrities with the announcement that East Coast Radio DJ Damon Beard has signed up to paddle the gruelling three-day canoe marathon in the colours of The Unlimited. Adding his name to an already illustrious field, Beard will be joining fellow radio jocks Unathi Msengana of Metro FM and Idols fame, 5FM sports presenter Sias du Plessis and Liezel van der Westhuizen of Kfm. The four will be battling it out over the three-day race to see who really is the top jock when it comes to tackling the greatest canoe marathon in Africa! Beard is a household name in Funsunzi Province having worked as a DJ for ECR for over 20 years! Currently he presents the weekday afternoon drivetime show together with the rest of the Drive Team. An avid fan of all things KZN and Durban, Beard says the opportunity to paddle The Unlimited Dusi is a prospect he just couldn’t pass up. “I like to set new goals for myself every year and I’ve got a bucket list of things that I want to do on my fridge. One of these is to complete The Unlimited Dusi so I jumped at the opportunity as I just love a challenge. The fact that I’ll be partnering with Trenton Lamble who is a great paddler just adds to the adventure,” says Beard. The Unlimited Dusi will not be Beard’s first time in a canoe. He has dabbled in the sport in the past but has only ever participated in short distance dices at The Kingfisher Canoe Club in Durban. “Paddling is a KZN thing. With our fantastic weather (most of the time anyway) it’s just a great fit with the Durban lifestyle.” Whilst Beard is in great shape as he regularly does boxing and mixed martial arts, he is taking the race between the jocks very seriously and has already embarked on a rigorous training schedule for The Unlimited Dusi. “I’m finding out that being fit and being paddling fit are two completely different things. Trenton and I meet five mornings a week and we are . . .
Participants in The Herald VW Cycle Tour will have a chance to show their true mettle when they take on the new Ultimate Quest in Port Elizabeth and Addo from February 1 to 3. The Ultimate Quest is designed to reveal the supreme cyclist overall across both the 80km Extreme mountain bike challenge on the Saturday and 106km Classic road race on the Sunday. According to The Herald's chief marketing officer Justin Peel, the seed of the idea grew from organisers' vision to improve the offering and create a true weekend festival of cycling. "In addition, we believe it's a great opportunity that allows road and mountain bikers to compete on an even playing field." With new-look routes both on and off-road, Peel said it was the perfect moment to introduce the Ultimate Quest. "Particularly on the mountain bike side, there's been a complete overhaul of the routes. "On the road route the addition of the five-kilometre hill and Slanghoogte climb will ensure that race strategies will have to be adjusted from previous years." He said the male and female winners of the Ultimate Quest would receive R5 000 each in addition to any prize money in the individual events. Although many of the pro teams would probably compete for the new title, Peel said it was not created with them in mind. "The primary purpose is to allow the avid cyclist who enjoys an endurance challenge the opportunity to become part of a small field of exclusive riders." He said participants should be advanced riders with above-average fitness levels and technical skills on the mountain bike. "The double bill is not to be taken lightly, so we urge all who enter to be well prepared. "Get out and begin hill training and fine-tune your recovery programme to ensure that you can tackle the road race with fresh legs." Peel said organisers believed the new initiative would add fresh impetus to the country's second oldest national classic and help grow the event. "We'd like to . . .