Former South African hockey player and University of Johannesburg sports manager Anton van Rooyen finally realised his Olympic dream when he was selected to manage the national men’s team for the London Games in August. Van Rooyen’s appointment sets the seal on a long and distinguished management career that most recently included seeing his team to overall victory in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Japan in May. “They had to win that specific tournament, no less than that, and they did.” He has previously accompanied the side to the Commonwealth Games, Champions Challenge, World Cup as well as the Four Nations and Five Nations tournaments. “This is my reward for all my years of playing hard and the time and effort I gave to development,” he said. “It’s the cherry on the cake in my passion for hockey.” The 51-year-old former centre half, who boasts provincial colours for Free State and Griqualand West, has been involved with the sport for over three decades. In 1988, he was a member of the national hockey squad. As team manager, Van Rooyen is expected to deal with all administrative issues prior to and during the Olympics and act as liaison for players and management. He said patience, self-discipline and being a good listener were essential qualities, as well as “loving what you do”. “On tour, I’m in charge of general discipline and looking after the players. A happy player will always perform to his maximum ability.” Van Rooyen said “The Lads”, as he calls them, had matured together as a unit since 2008. “We started to build on this group after the last Olympics. Only three members are veterans of the last Games.” According to him, the team was in good shape following a fitness camp in Bloemfontein earlier this month, but he was circumspect about their medal prospects. “We must first get through our group stage. If we make the top two in the group, anything can happen.” The team leaves for an eight-test tour of Ireland . . .
The University of Johannesburg confirmed its position as one of the most important feeder institutions for Olympic talent when the national squad for London was announced last week. Of the 112 athletes selected, student hockey stars Pietie Coetzee and Bernadette Coston lead a strong UJ contingent that also comprises 13 alumni and club members across four sporting codes. Coetzee – who increased her world record goal tally to 241 in the bronze medal match against Germany at this past weekend’s Investec London Cup – and Coston are joined by Beijing Olympians Lisa-Marie Deetlefs and Marsha Marescia in the women’s hockey team. Men’s hockey players Thornton McDade and Erasmus Pieterse, who both represented South Africa four years ago, have again received the nod alongside debutant Lance Louw. Amanda Dlamini, who captains Banyana Banyana, will enjoy the company of Kylie-Ann Louw, Noko Matlou and Marry Ntsweng. Also on the list are athletes Irvette van Blerk and René Kalmer, both of whom will be making their marathon debut. Rounding out the UJ-affiliated athletes in the South African team are rowers Naydene Smith and Lawrence Ndlovu, who are participating in the women’s coxless pairs and men’s lightweight fours respectively. Micheen Thornycroft will represent Zimbabwe on the water. UJ staffer Anton van Rooyen will accompany the men’s hockey team as manager while 2008 Olympian Adrian Carolan is the video analyst for the women’s side. According to director of sport Sanpat Coetzee the university had already equalled its 2008 tally of 18 individuals and was looking forward to the announcement of the Paralympic team where five athletes had met the qualifying criteria. “The fact that students, alumni, club members and staff are represented proves that UJ Sport develops athletes and student-athletes for South African sport.” Coetzee said the institution was proud of its contribution at a national level. “Professor Cora Burnett’s research, done . . .
Date Sat 7 July from 20h00 Sun 8 July from 15h00 Venue Carnival City Big Top Arena - Brakpan Cost R200 to R500 Tickets Computicket Gauteng audiences and jazz lovers especially, are in for a treat when American musicians David Sanborn and Joe Sample share the stage on 7 and 8 July at the Carnival City Big Top Arena in Brakpan. David Sanborn has been hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the greatest saxophonists of the past four decades, straddling all genres from jazz to funk, soul, pop, blues and even rock. However, he is most closely associated with Jazz, instrumental pop and R&B. Since the late 1960s this multi-award winning musician has performed with musical greats from all genres such as James Brown and Stevie Wonder to Bryan Ferry, Eric Clapton, Bobby Charles, Cat Stevens, Roger Daltrey, Paul Simon, Michael Franks, David Bowie, Kennie Loggins, Bruce Springsteen, Tommy Bolin, Bob James, James Taylor, Al Jarreau, Kenny G, George Benson, Joe Beck, Donny Hathaway, Elton John, Gil Evans, Carly Simon, Guru, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, Kenny Garret, Roger Walters, Steely Dan, Ween, the Eagles, Toto and even iconic group The Grateful Dead. Pianist and composer Joe Sample has been an integral part of the jazz genre over the past 40 years. A pioneer of contemporary jazz piano, Sample uses the original sources of jazz and soul to create his personal interpretations of classics by renowned jazz composers such as Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, the Gershwins, Al Jolson, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and many more. His own classics include ‘Soul Shadows’ and ‘Spellbound’. Sample has toured and performed with many well known musicians from Marvin Gaye to Tina Turner, BB King, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Randy Crawford, Anita Baker, Andrae Crouche and many more. The show on the 7th starts at 20h00 and the show on the 8th at 15h00. Tickets are available from Computicket from R200 to R500. More Info: . . .
Date 22nd & 23rd June Venue Big Top Arena - Carnival City – Brakpan Time 20h00 Cost R250 – R520 Tickets Computicket All time great Engelbert Humperdinck will be performing at Carnival City on 22 and 23 June 2012. He may be 75 years old but all time great Engelbert Humperdinck is far from a ‘has been’, he has just been chosen to represent the United Kingdom at Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Best known for huge hits such as Release Me, The Last Waltz, A Man Without Love and I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, Engelbert has sold over 150 million records in the last forty plus years, including 63 gold and 24 platinum discs. Romance serves as the core of Engelbert Humperdinck’s music and lasting success. He knows how to pick songs with eternal themes of love and longing and lovers always want to hear them sung. Through MTV a new generation of music lovers have got to know and love Engelbert’s voice and style. So come and enjoy an evening of great songs in the company of the legendary Mr Engelbert Humperdinck at Carnival City. Performances are at 20h00 on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June 2012. Tickets are from R250 – R520 and booking is through Computicket. More Info: http://www.suninternational.com/DESTINATIONS/CASINOS/CARNIVALCITY/Pages/EventsEntertainmentDetails.aspx?event=carnivalCityEngelbertHumperdinck Author: Jeni Fletcher from Corporate Image. 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] . . .