SPAR Eastern Cape has reconfirmed its commitment to the development of local women’s sport by extending its sponsorship of the SPAR-NMMU Netball Club for a further three years. This follows the latter’s recognition as Sports Club of the Year at the prestigious Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Achiever Awards last week. The club won the provincial netball league for a seventh consecutive year with several players and management representing South Africa at international level. According to SPAR promotions and advertising manager Wendy Westraadt, they enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with the club and were very proud of its achievements. “The players and staff have worked very hard and thoroughly deserve it.” NMMU sports manager Theresa le Roux said the award was made on a points system based on club results, player achievements and involvement in community outreach programmes. “The trophy is highly prized because it takes into account all the efforts that a club has put in during the year.” Le Roux said they were particularly proud of wing defender Zanele Mdodana, who captained the Proteas to a gold medal in the Diamond League Series in August. She was joined in the national squad by team-mates Mampho Tsotetsi and Nontle Gwavu. In July, goalkeeper Zanele Vimbela was called up to the SA student team that took silver at the World University Netball Championships. She was also named Player of the Year at the Nelson Mandela Bay Netball Association awards ceremony on Friday. On the management side, head coach Lana Krige was appointed coach of the national Fastnet team. Le Roux said Krige’s appointment had further helped to raise the tertiary institution’s profile. “All of a sudden some of your national players would like to study at NMMU or are looking for jobs in PE!” Le Roux said 80% of the players selected for the NMBNA provincial teams were from the university, but that they would not have been able to achieve . . .
Athletes all along the Garden Route are warming up for the Sunrise Women’s Challenge in aid of the Up with Down’s school for children with special needs on Saturday, October 27. The fifth edition of the event, which is sponsored by Heather Park SUPERSPAR in George, comprises a 10km feature race and 5km fun run, as well as a 5 x 2km relay option. Inspired by the success of the national SPAR Women’s Challenge series, the event has been reassigned as a women-only race this year. According to race director Danie Raubenheimer of the Nedbank Running Club in George, the ultimate aim is to become one of these prestigious grand prix events in the future. “Although this is now specifically a women’s event, men will be allowed to take part on condition that they dress in drag.” He said there would be prizes for the best-dressed men’s team and individual male in women’s clothing in the 10km race, as well as incentives for the school with the most pre-entries. In addition to the R6 000 prize purse, there will also be lots of lucky draw prizes, including R2 000 worth of SPAR grocery vouchers. Raubenheimer said the circular route would start and finish in front of the Heather Park SUPERSPAR store. “It’s an undulating course, which takes runners through the surrounding suburbs of Heather Park and Rooirivier Rif.” Proceeds will go to local school and first-time beneficiary Up for Down’s, which was founded as a non-profit organisation by parents of children with Down’s Syndrome but now caters for learners with various learning disabilities. Finishers will receive medals, with t-shirts going to the first 500 entrants. Get an entry form from the Heather Park SUPERSPAR or enter online at www.onlines.co.za by Wednesday, October 24. Late entries will be accepted at the store between 5pm and 7pm on Friday, October 26. Go to www.facebook.com/sparinaction to follow all of SPAR Eastern Cape’s initiatives. Issued by: Full Stop Communications Coetzee . . .
The 2013 Old Mutual joBerg2c will be one for the books as the organisers join forces with the Participate for Good campaign, a 46664 Bangles Initiative, to raise more than a million rand towards building container libraries in rural communities along the race’s route. The nine-day mountain biking event, which rolls out on April 26 next year, will be the first in a series of sporting events that will help the initiative reach its overall target of R20 million, or 100 libraries, by 2016 for the Mandela Day 46664 Library Campaign. The campaign is spearheaded by 46664 Bangles Initiative chief executive officer Robert Coutts, who has ridden the 900km event every year since its inception in 2010. “The race is possibly one of the best examples I have seen where the entry money is paid back into the communities we ride through. “The local communities treat us like kings and queens – we couldn’t find a more aligned event and receptive organisers anywhere.” Coutts said anyone could register with Participate for Good as a charity champion and use their chosen adventure or sporting event to generate donations for the initiative. “So if you wanted to ride the Old Mutual joBerg2c for the library project, you simply register, set your own target and then use the built-in social media links to start asking for donations from individuals and corporate sponsors.” According to Coutts, four teams had already registered, with another three in progress. “We hope to make 20 teams in total but, as always, we are building towards a long-term objective.” He said Old Mutual joBerg2c participants would receive free extras like 46664 cycling kit, daily bike services and limited edition titanium 46664 bangles, depending on their targets reached. With R415 000 already pledged to date, Coutts said the race had already exceeded its target for year one, which would enable the delivery of at least two libraries. “We are ecstatic and will now set our aim higher. We hope . . .
Seven-time Dusi canoe marathon champion and new Freedom Challenge record-holder Martin Dreyer will be alongside wife Jeannie when she makes her comeback to racing at the three-day FedGroup Berg & Bush in KwaZulu-Natal from October 26. The Pietermaritzburg-based team, riding in the colours of USN/Hi-Tec, will be one of the fancied pairs in the highly competitive mixed category in their first mountain bike stage race following the birth of their second child five months ago. Although his wife was not yet back to peak form, Dreyer said they were looking forward to the challenge of competing against a field that included the likes of Justin Porteous and Candice Neethling of Team JoJo and Bridgette Stewart and Brad Stroberg of FedGroup-Itec Connect. “She’s getting stronger every day. It’s going to be tough riding against those racing snakes but we won’t go down without a fight.” The adventure racer said running had always been the focus of his training, but his confidence on the bike had increased following his record-shattering five-day victory in the Freedom Challenge in June. “My riding has improved dramatically, but I still won’t shave my legs. I’m not a specialist mountain biker.” The Dusi Duke said he had great respect for his younger rivals. “I know Justin from multisport racing. He’s a good rider; it’s his game. And Candice is an exceptional athlete as well. “Bridgette has a fantastic pedigree as a downhill racer, while Brad’s got the energy of youth on his side.” The 43-year-old said he hoped that his experience in endurance sport would give him the edge in the 220km event. “When conditions get tougher, I like to think it suits me more. If you can deal with it better than your competitors, it allows you to get ahead of the curve.” Both husband and wife are veterans of the Absa Cape Epic, with Jeannie, 32, having finished second in the mixed category alongside Geddan Ruddock in 2005. She also holds the record for the Otter . . .
Enthusiastic young paddlers can share in the excitement of this great sport by entering The Unlimited Ozzie Gladwin, which is considered the premier one-day canoeing race on the South African calendar. The Ozzie Gladwin Guppy race is a special event aimed specifically at the youth and will set the scene for the start of the main event at Bon Accorde at Albert Falls on Sunday, 11 November. Paddlers between the ages of four and twelve years old are welcome to enter. The route on the dam is approximately 2,5km long. Racing starts at 08h00 and will consist of round the buoys racing with some of the senior canoeists on hand for safety purposes. The Guppy series encourages children to get involved in canoeing by making it fun. More than 50 young paddlers took to the water last year and every guppy was rewarded with a little something for their efforts! The Unlimited Ozzie Gladwin is South Africa's biggest one-day canoeing race and an explosive way to kick off the unique KwaZulu-Natal summer river racing season, which will culminate in the thrilling climax of the Africa’s greatest canoe marathon, The Unlimited Dusi in February 2013. The Ozzie Gladwin sports a unique format as it offers competitors a 26km race that includes four kilometres of flat-out racing across Albert Falls dam, then a testing one kilometre portage around the dam wall, followed by a 21km river section on the Upper Umgeni with the Albert Falls Weir and The Cascades, before the end-run of four kilometres of testing rapids into the finish at Crafcor Farm. Be part of the action at The Unlimited Ozzie Gladwin 2012! For more information or to enter, visit www.theunlimitedozziegladwin.co.za More Info: http://www.theunlimitedozziegladwin.co.za Author: Christel Liebenberg from Peridot. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Three To gain access to Three image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Girl power with Jodie Fuhri leading the . . .
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation in the Eastern Cape has received a massive financial boost following the recent Nelson Mandela Bay Herald Urban Run with a cash donation of R126 460.76. The CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation is a country wide voluntary organisation which brings together the parents of children who suffer from all varities of cancer or life threatening blood disorders. "As a beneficiary of this event, we cannot express our gratitude enough to everyone that took part and was involved with the Urban Run," said CHOC Eastern Cape Divisional Manager Debbie Kleinenberg, "not only did the event raise this incredible amount for CHOC but the media coverage and CHOC awareness that was created is immeasurable to our organisation." At a special presentation function held last week for CHOC, Urban Run event organiser Michael Zoetmulder of Zports announced and handed over the donation to Kleinenberg. "We are honoured to have established such a distinctive event which can make such a difference to so many people. Through the support of all the urban athlete's, the Urban Run event has helped raise over R200,000 for the children's organisations in the Metro this year." added Zoetmulder. The event also helped raise just over R60,000 for the Coega Door of Hope Children's Home, R10,000 for the Scouts of Nelson Mandela Bay and just over R6,000 for local Rotary projects. The donation towards CHOC is being used to establishing a CHOC Lodge in Port Elizabeth to house children and families whilst they are undergoing treatments. The Urban Run is an annual event hosted by the Mandela Bay Development Agency in Nelson Mandela Bay, given the fun and varied nature of this 10km urban obstacle course, is predicted to become one of the cities most popular events having experienced a 300% increase in entries in just it's second year. The next edition of the event is scheduled for Sunday 15th September 2013. More Info: http://www.urbanrun.co.za Author: Michael . . .
The 2013 Old Mutual joBerg2c will be one for the books as the organisers join forces with the Participate for Good campaign, a 46664 Bangles Initiative, to raise more than a million rand towards building container libraries in rural communities along the race’s route. The nine-day mountain bike event, which rolls out on April 26 next year, will be the first in a series of sporting events that will help the initiative reach its overall target of R20 million, or 100 libraries, by 2016 for the Mandela Day 46664 Library Campaign. The campaign is spearheaded by 46664 Bangles Initiative chief executive officer Robert Coutts, who has ridden the 900km event every year since its inception in 2010. “The race is possibly one of the best examples I have seen where the entry money is paid back into the communities we ride through. “The local communities treat us like kings and queens – we couldn’t find a more aligned event and receptive organisers anywhere.” Coutts said anyone could register with Participate for Good as a charity champion and use their chosen adventure or sporting event to generate donations for the initiative. “So if you wanted to ride the Old Mutual joBerg2c for the library project, you simply register, set your own target and then use the built-in social media links to start asking for donations from individuals and corporate sponsors.” According to Coutts, four teams had already registered, with another three in progress. “We hope to make 20 teams in total but, as always, we are building towards a long-term objective.” He said Old Mutual joBerg2c participants would receive free extras like 46664 cycling kit, daily bike services and limited edition titanium 46664 bangles, depending on their targets reached. With R415 000 already pledged to date, Coutts said the race had already exceeded its target for year one, which would enable the delivery of at least two libraries. “We are ecstatic and will now set our aim higher. We hope to . . .
Leading sock manufacturer, FALKE Textiles, has pledged their support for the Ride the Rhino 2012 and will be giving each of the expected 400 participants a funky pair of arm warmers in an effort to further raise awareness for this very worthy cause. The Ride the Rhino is a 3 day stage event (± 250km) starts on Friday, 5 October 2012 in Langebaan, and ends Sunday, 7 October at Nitida Wine Estate with the Season of Sauvignon Blanc Festival in Durbanville. FALKE group manufacturing executive, Anton Lotz and operations manager, Dietmar Walser will be doing their bit for conservation when they tackle the 150km White Rhino route, joining them to represent FALKE this year is husband-and-wife team Thorkild and Michelle Nielsen. The Rhino Ride is the first stage race that allowed scholars to partake. The MTB Clubs at Boys High, Paarl Gymnasium, Strand High and Grey are huge and they already indicated that they will be entering. This year the race has a Black Rhino (250km) and a White Rhino / Junior Rhino route (+/- 150km), which accommodates both serious and social rider. The race is tough and will always be with protecting the Renosterveld in mind. Water and Spectator Points along the way like !KwaTtu San Park, Buffelsfontein Game Reserve, Groote Post, Cloof and Nassau Wine Estates offer the family the opportunity to see parents passing by, as well as accommodation, food and entertainment for all. ENDS More Info: http://www.falke.co.za Author: Christel Liebenberg from Peridot Communications. 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: FALKE group manufacturing executive, Anton Lotz and operations manager, Dietmar Walser. [/l2g] . . .
With the number of international riders having more than doubled for next year’s event, the Old Mutual joBerg2c’s reputation is steadily growing in mountain biking circles across the globe. The fourth edition of the nine-day stage race, which starts on April 26 next year, will see 300 teams from at least 16 different countries represented on the start line at Heidelberg, just south of Johannesburg. According to one of the organisers Craig Wapnick, there had been a surge of interest from the United States, Britain, Belgium and Australia in particular. “This is primarily due to the great magazine coverage we’ve received there as well as word of mouth from riders who’ve done the event.” To date, 70 foreign riders – compared to 28 in 2012 – have signed up for what used to be South Africa’s best-kept secret, with more queries being received on a daily basis. Wapnick said this represented a steady and significant growth on the inaugural event, which fielded 12 overseas participants. He said negotiations were under way with well-known international riders who had expressed an interest in undertaking the 900km journey to Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal coast. “It’s a great full-service ride across South Africa, on awesome trails through almost a hundred private farms, with genuine local hospitality and, of course, delicious food.” As an added bonus, said Wapnick, the final three days followed the same route as the world’s largest fully serviced mountain bike stage race – the sani2c. He said a longer event such as this was ideal for visitors wanting to maximise their stay and get a real feel for the South African landscapes and people. “The Old Mutual joBerg2c is known for its incredible single track, which is perfect for the millions of trail-loving riders around the world.” Although the event was sanctioned by Cycling South Africa, Wapnick said UCI points were not a current focus as the event catered for all levels of riders. “Our aim is . . .
Title sponsor RE-CM has upped the ante by offering almost R100 000 worth of prizes in next year’s Knysna 200 mountain bike race, for which entries opened this week. The third edition of the three-stage race, which takes place along the Garden Route from June 7, now offers a R45 000 prize purse for the winners. In addition RE-CM, an asset management company, will be giving away unit trusts to the value of R50 000 in a raffle, with proceeds from ticket sales going to race’s charity of choice. According to race organiser Patric Mosterd, the increased investment will go a long way towards making the 200km event one of the most prestigious and sought-after on the mountain biking calendar. “This is about proper mountain biking and awesome single track. The pros can race it in the red from beginning to end but it’s also a great experience for first-time stage racers.” Last year’s event was won by Louis Bresler-Knipe and Jaco Venter of Team Contego-28E, while the bizhub-FCF pairing of Yolandi du Toit and Leana de Jager took the women’s title. Mosterd said the field would be strictly limited to 300 riders, across the solo and team categories, in order to retain the overall quality of the event. “What makes the race so special is that the daily stages start with the best riding in the forest – there’s no junk miles getting to the trails.” He said the 74km first stage, featuring 1 540m of ascent, would roll out from the Knysna Elephant Park, pass through lush Wittedrift farms and follow the old railway line to the lagoonside finish. “The highlight on day one must be riding ‘Parks se Pad’, which is the Holy Grail of all mountain bike routes in the area. The RE-CM Knysna 200 is the only event to traverse this beautiful stretch of indigenous forest.” The 68km second stage, which climbs 1 250m, starts in Rheenendal and takes riders through the “no-go” sections of the Garden Route National Park. “This is elephant territory and riding this section of . . .