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 . . .
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 . . .
With 25 finishes to his credit, former Port Elizabeth mayor Charles Garai leads the bunch when it comes to The Herald VW Cycle Tour’s exclusive green number club, which is reserved for participants who have done 10 or more editions of the 106km Classic. Veteran cyclist Garai has come a long way since his rather inelegant finish as part of the Saddle Bums social club in the inaugural event back in 1986. "I forgot to undo my toe straps and, upon stopping, keeled over in the middle of the road," he recalls. The 71-year-old now counts breaking the three-hour barrier, earning his first green number and winning his age category on several occasions as some of his standout memories. On the downside, he remembers being brought down by a fun rider in a fall within sight of the Hobie Beach finish and missing the 2:59 bunch time by three minutes. Having clocked a personal best of two hours 47 minutes, Garai says another sub-three-hour time is not impossible with enough training and effort but that these days his sole ambition is "to finish upright". "However, that is not the master plan for 2013. We’ve formed a large group under the banner of Atlas Security and will try to bring everyone home in under four hours in memory of Clem Morris, whose ambition it was to break that barrier." Morris was killed in a hit-and-run accident while riding his bicycle on Kragga Kamma Road in October. Garai, who has won championship medals in his age group at national, provincial and club level, is looking forward to the 28th edition of the national classic but has some mixed feelings about the new Slanghoogte climb. The Walmer resident and lawyer, who races under lucky number 13, says the permanent green numbers will from now on differ slightly in design to distinguish between those riders who have completed 10 and 20 races. "A minute’s deduction off your time for every Herald completed would also be nice . . ." He has only missed two outings, in 1997 and 2008, . . .
With over R400 000 in prizes and some major changes in store, organisers are aiming to attract cyclists from across the country when The Herald VW Cycle Tour takes place in Addo and Port Elizabeth from February 2 to 3. According to event coordinator Linda Harwood, the 2013 edition would see bigger incentives, better routes and a brand-new race village, as well as the addition of the Ultimate Quest super-category. “We strive to keep this event fresh and exciting for both loyal and first-time participants,” said Harwood. “That’s why we’ve revamped the routes in both the road and mountain bike events and added a new initiative to this weekend festival of cycling. “The Ultimate Quest offers riders both a serious physical challenge and a great incentive to race for.” She said the racing prize purse had been increased by R10 000 to accommodate the new category, which recognises the best overall male and female cyclists across the mountain bike and road feature races. “Significant reward for effort is always attractive, and certainly for an event that is rated as one of the top five in the country.” As the country’s second oldest national classic, Harwood said it was important to attract the top pro teams and maintain the event’s status on the national racing calendar. For those participants not in line for a podium finish, she said there would be plenty on offer, including the main lucky draw prize of a Volkswagen Polo 1.4 Trendline valued at R170 000. “After giving away the Polo Vivo this year, our title sponsor felt that, since this is a premium event, it was appropriate to offer the Polo as an even bigger drawcard for entering the tour.” Harwood said participants also stand to win R50 000 worth of household goods from Tony’s Furniture, Appliances & Beds, two GT road and mountain bikes with a combined value of R40 000, a Silverback bike from Action Cycles, a weekend getaway at Kuzuko Lodge plus additional sponsored hampers. “The . . .
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 . . .
From the 26th of October to the 7th of December, McDonalds Port Elizabeth will be donating R1 to Operation SMILE Madiba Bay every time you upsize your fries. The initiative will be supported by all the Port Elizabeth franchises and will be implemented in association with Kingfisher FM. McDonalds has committed to donating up to a total of R 20 000 to the organisation and encourages the public to participate. Each Port Elizabeth store will have a Chip Meter inside so that the public are able to track the store’s donation to date. Each of the four stores have a R 5000 donation goal. “We always like to get the public involved in our CSR projects as we realise that their participation in whatever we do whether it is in our business or other investments such as our corporate social responsibility, we can only reach maximum success through their participation,” says Frank Greyling, franchise owner of the four McDonalds in Port Elizabeth. Operation smile Madiba Bay is a registered Public Benefit Organisation working in the community district of Port Elizabeth. The core focus of professional service offered by the organisation is a discipline of Paediatric Palliative Care. This constitutes the holistic care and well-being of clinically referred children who suffer the impact of any life limiting or life threatening disease. “We wanted to choose a charity that works within our community and makes a difference in our own city. Operation Smile has been doing amazing work and we want to support them in doing so, but need the public’s support as well,” added Frank. More Info: Author: Gabriela V from Boomtown. 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: L-R: Frank Greyling (McDonalds), Maureen Lamb (Project Smile Madiba Bay), Jacques Venter (McDonalds) and Theunis Pienaar (Kingfisher FM) standing at the beach front McDonalds billboard. [/l2g] . . .
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 . . .
Pier 14 in Port Elizabeth is on the lookout for young ambassadors to become the face of the shopping centre for the next 12 months. Mr & Miss Pier 14, for which entries close on Friday, is open to youngsters between the ages of seven and 21, and 10 finalists will be chosen in each of the four age categories. Finalists will be groomed and then take part in the annual fashion show, which doubles as the gala evening for the pageant, on November 3. According to Sophia Steyn, the spokesperson for centre management, there would be loads of prizes on offer from participating stores, with the senior winners getting the chance to act as centre representatives. “With this in mind, we’ve introduced a category for 19 to 21-year-olds.” She said they were looking for persons with a fun outlook on life and a “vibey” personality – qualities that personify the traits of their clientele. “The judging panel will be looking for people with confidence and personality – so just be yourself!” Steyn said winners’ duties would include handing out prizes at live draws, like this year’s “Win a Kitchen” and “Find your Furniture” promotions, as well as getting involved with Pier 14’s charitable beneficiaries like Hannah’s Arms and Thamsanqa. She said entrants could obtain entry forms from any of Pier 14’s clothing tenants. “They will need to bring their form plus a full-length photo and R50 entry fee to the centre management offices on the third floor by Friday.” Participants younger than 18 would need signed consent from a parent or guardian, said Steyn. Finalists would be contacted telephonically by Wednesday, October 17, at the latest, she said. “They must make themselves available for fittings and rehearsals.” Steyn said the show itself would take place from 10am to 2pm outside the Fashion King store. “This is our biggest promotion for the year and audiences will get a chance to see the very latest summer fashions available in our stores. “We’ll . . .
SPAR shoppers nationwide recently celebrated the extraordinary women in their lives by purchasing limited edition Women’s Day badges in aid of charity. The proceeds from the Eastern Cape campaign were donated to Living Waters Ministries in East London, which offers various services for vulnerable members of society, including safehouses for abused women and children. The charity’s chief executive officer Melanie Gobel (left) accepted the big cheque for R50 000 from SPAR EC retail operations manager Lungisa Jongi at the LWM premises on Wednesday. See more photos on www.facebook.com/sparinaction. More Info: http://www.fullstopcom.com Author: Coetzee Gouws from Full Stop 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: Photo: Craig Muller Photographer: [/l2g] . . .