KWAZULU-NATAL, BLYTHEDALE COASTAL ESTATE – Due to its immense popularity, the South African Obstacle Course Racing industry has, over the past few years, ensured that this past weekend’s inaugural South African Obstacle Course Racing Championship was a world-class event according to the two 2018 South African OCR Champions, Thomas van Tonder and Trish Bahlmann. Responsible for bringing the OCR Championships to South Africa is Fritz Pienaar, CEO of Advendurance and the Warrior Company, powered by Reebok, and SAOCR, which was endorsed by Obstacle Course Racing World Championships (OCRWC). The first South African OCR Championships was held in conjunction with at Toyota Warrior Race #5 at Blythedale Coastal Estate on the 14th and 15th July 2018. Set against a backdrop of pristine beaches, unspoiled forest, rivers and estuaries, the Blythedale Coastal Estate was the perfect setting for the South African OCR Championships. The OCR World Championships structure is Age Group and Pro Championships, and by building upon the 10Km Commando Elite and 15Km Black Ops Elite divisions respectively, each event featured distinct championship obstacles, with exclusive podium medals and a prize purse exceeding R200 000. Featuring a full compliment of South Africa’s top OCR athletes, the Black Ops Elite/SA OCR Championship race was a gruelling 19km trail course with 35 Warrior series finale obstacles that included four brand-new obstacles. The top three male and female athletes would receive cash prizes and free entry into the Pro Division World OCR Championships to be held on 19 - 21 October 2018 in London, England. The men’s Black Ops Elite/SA OCR Champs race was hotly contested between South Africa’s top 2 OCR athletes, Thomas van Tonder (Warrior Brand Ambassador) and Claude Eksteen (Supa Mama). It was neck-and-neck, changing the lead throughout the race, but it was Van Tonder who proved strongest on the day, crossing the Championship line in 01h44m19s, just six minutes . . .
The Madibaz tennis team will return to the A section of the University Sport South Africa tournament next year after earning promotion at the recent week held in Bloemfontein. Nelson Mandela University were unable to play in last year's event because of student strikes and had to compete in the B section this year, despite an application to be included in the top division. Team coach Hennie de Klerk explained that the USSA regulations did not allow for a team to play in the A section if they had missed the previous tournament, adding that Wits "were in the same boat". Overcoming extremely cold early-morning conditions in the Free State capital, he said Madibaz achieved their objective of getting back into the A section. "Going into the week, the team expected to win promotion because we are traditionally one of the country's strong tennis universities," said De Klerk. "For example, we were fifth the last time we competed in the A section." This year, Madibaz faced tough opposition from teams such as Wits and the B sides from the Pretoria, Stellenbosch and Potchefstroom universities. De Klerk said the promotion was just reward for the work the players had put in. "We compete with some very strong varsities, who pour their resources into scooping up the top young talent in South Africa. "Free State won the event for the eleventh year in a row, giving you an idea of the emphasis they place on attracting top players, as well as coaching and conditioning experts. "However, our performance showed that we are competitive against the top sides. The whole team must be congratulated for their efforts. "They showed great character and grit to win some long three-set matches. There was good player support and pride in Mandela University," De Klerk said. The outcome was particularly noteworthy given the players' academic commitments. "A big challenge was that the tournament was held just after the mid-year exams. That can make preparations . . .
Johannesburg, July, 17 2018. This year’s campaign was built around three important points that differentiate Nexia SAB&T from other firms; its global relevance through Nexia International, local presence with offices in all 9 provinces of South Africa and a dedication to our clients that builds on the new brand proposition, namely that of being ‘Closer to you, from the Ground Up’. ‘Closer to you, from the Ground Up’ strongly resonates with the history of our firm, which was established by two entrepreneurs 24 years ago, and has grown to be one of the 10 largest accounting practices in South Africa. Just growing the Nexia SAB&T business has not been an achievement enough for us, as such we continually look to find ways to demonstrate to our clients and the communities we come from how we can serve them in a manner that is closer to them and assists them from the ground up. The idea for the campaign was as a result of having identified GIBS as a strategic partner as we were exploring the idea of aligning our brand with one that is world renowned for its professionalism and focus on people development. We felt there were a lot of synergies because Nexia SAB&T is a firm that invests in our people throughout their careers. GIBS having seen that we shared similar values offered us the opportunity to get involved with the Bambanani Car Wash and consider taking them on as our Enterprise Development beneficiaries. Nexia SAB&T having over the years been directly involved in the upliftment of entrepreneurs decided that this would be a perfect fit for us and so on the 1st May 2018 we embarked on a campaign to provide the young entrepreneurs with eco-friendly car washing machines fully equipped with detergents and cleaning materials. We also provided clothing and branding which increased their visibility to the GIBS students and will continue to assist with mentorship and guidance over the next 2yrs. The goal being that at the end of our agreement we have . . .
The Madibaz surfing team will be aiming to go all the way when they target the University Sport South Africa title at Victoria Bay near George, starting tomorrow. In last year's tournament, the Nelson Mandela Bay surfers came within a whisker of winning the overall title, ultimately losing to the University of Cape Town by just eight points. Madibaz Surfing manager Melinda Goosen said today that, following a weekend camp at Vic Bay last month, there was a sense of confidence in the squad. "The team selection started in April already, when the first trials were held. "The team was finalised after three sets of trials and the surfers spent a weekend in Vic Bay from June 15 to 17 for their final preparations." Good conditions were expected at the popular surfing spot on the Southern Cape coastline, but Goosen acknowledged that the Madibaz surfers would have to adapt to some challenges. "The conditions can also get tough and we will just concentrate on the competition day by day," she said. "The surf will obviously be the same for everyone and it is the surfer who comes out best on the day who will progress. "We have had good results at Vic Bay in previous years and we hope to build on that." Goosen added that they had a number of talented and experienced surfers in their squad. Some had competed in previous USSA tournaments and knew what to expect. "Gregory Cuthbert, our top male, who came second in the individual section last year, and Tristan Pringle, who made the 2017 semifinals, will be leading the way. "On the women's side, Britney Linder is our No 1 seed. She finished second last year. We also have a newcomer in Tahra Uren, but she is an experienced surfer and will add much value to the squad. "Over the years we have had good team dynamics, with all our surfers progressing to the second round, which is a great achievement in itself." Besides the individual performances, she said the team effort was as important, with an . . .
The KPMG Madibaz golf team held their nerve under pressure to regain the University Sport South Africa matchplay title at Port Shepstone Country Club in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday. The Nelson Mandela University students maintained their high standing in varsity golf, having also won the title in 2016 and being runners-up last year. The team qualified as the top side for the matchplay by winning the team strokeplay event on Monday and Tuesday, which meant they faced their B side in their opening fixture. Team manager Karl du Preez said they overcame the B side, as well as Varsity College, to set up a final showdown against University of Pretoria. "It was a closely contested final, with Madibaz leading 1.5-0.5 after the morning foursomes. "Tuks won the number three and four singles in the afternoon, but Altin van der Merwe [who had won the individual strokeplay title] and Kyle de Beer came through to take their singles, securing overall victory for Madibaz. "A highlight was the ability of the players to perform under pressure," Du Preez said. "In the matchplay final it looked like we might be going down 1.5-0.5 in the foursomes, but in the last three holes our players turned it on and produced an effort that, I believe, won the title for us." Turning the possible deficit into a 1.5-0.5 lead meant they had to win only two of the four singles to take the trophy, said Du Preez. On a fairly tight course, keeping the ball in play was the key to success. "Winning the strokeplay was set up by three players shooting sub-par rounds," Du Preez said. "Both Altin and Kyle were extremely consistent in the matchplay. Altin was named the most valuable player after getting six out of six points, and Kyle earned five out of six points." Du Preez said Van der Merwe's superb control with his long irons had helped him to keep the ball in play on some of the narrow fairways. "He shot rounds of 68 and 70. His first round of 68 was exceptional as he was . . .
JBay Winterfest 2018 - MTB, Trail Running and Fishing Finish The Festival! JBay – the final events in the action-packed JBay Winterfest have finished off, which sees the closing of one of the most exciting festivals ever. After the Corona Open JBay Men's and Women's surfing events, the Cold Water Swim Classic, and the Funduro were finished during the early days of the Festival, this weekend saw the culmination of the final events. These events were the JBay Windfarm MTB Classic, the Endurade JBay X Trail Run and the JBay Winterfest Skins Fishing Competition, as well as the final gigs in the hugely popular Corona Sunset Sessions free music shows. JBay Windfarm MTB Classic: The sixth edition of the JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic took place on Saturday 14 July. Riders of all ages and skill levels braved wet and chilly conditions to tackle the finest trails around the Eastern Cape holiday town of Jeffreys Bay. The event, which forms part of the JBay Winterfest, offered three distances a 25km fun ride, 50km marathon and the gruelling 85km ultra marathon. At the sharp end of the ultra marathon, Declan Sidey from Team Mad Macs p/b hazz out of Stellenbosch was the convincing winner. In the women’s race Yolande de Villiers rode a spectacular race to complete her hat trick, finishing sixth overall in the 85km, in a time of 03:59:51. She also collected the R11 000 first prize for her day in the rain, with Anriëtte Schoeman in second and Shauna Esmeyer rounding out the podium. “It was hectic out there,” commented a visibly exhausted De Villiers after the finish. "It was cold and muddy but I still had a lot of fun! The new bits of singletrack and bridges were really awesome,” she said. Full story and results here https://bit.ly/2uHUveX Full gallery here https://bit.ly/2uuKXoj Endurade JBay X Trail Run This three-stage trail run series, with day and night runs, had the biggest entry so far in the history of the event, and was an exciting but grueling . . .
JBay Winterfest: Surfing, Swimming, Music and Funduro JBay – The JBay Winterfest 2018 has had a busy few days, with a number of different events going down in and around the contest hub. The Corona Open JBay Women’s event kicked off last week, with excellent surf at Supertubes following on from the men’s event. South African wildcard Bianca Buitendag did well to win her opening round heat and advance directly to the third round. Surprise eliminations from this event were Sally Fitzgibbons from Australia and Courtney Conlogue (USA). With good surf on track for JBay, the event will restart later in the week. For more go tohttp://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2018/wct/2750/corona-open-j-bay-womens The Cold Water Classic open water swim was a huge success this year, with the most entrants thus far in the event’s six-year history. With an air temperature of 19 C, conditions on land were a stark contrast to the icy water that awaited swimmers from all over South Africa who descended upon Jeffreys Bay to take part in the swim. Only three swimmers entered the costume division of the triple mile, an official Robben Island crossing qualifying swim. Veteran PJ Duffy won the men’s section, while Megan Albertyn won the women’s division. “What an awesome experience! I can't believe I haven't done the Cold Water Classic before - will definitely be back next year,” said Albertyn after her swim. Jeffreys Bay swimmer JC Van Wyk won the double mile while Paige Black won the women’s section of the event. East London swimmer Mbali Vellum in his first cold water swim had to tough it out to complete the double mile. “The water was very very cold but I really wanted to finish the double mile,” said Mbali after his courageous swim. Hannah Counihan from Port Elizabeth won the women’s mile while Peter Michaelides from Knysna won the men’s division. The winners each won a pair of Oakley sunglasses. The triple mile wetsuit division was won by legendary waterman . . .
JBay Winterfest, Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay – Brazilian surfer Filipe Toledo has taken the win at the 2018 Corona Open JBay at the JBay Winterfest, making it back-to back wins at this prestigious Championship Tour (CT) surfing event. He beat Australian powerhouse surfer and CT rookie Wade Carmichael in excellent surf today, bringing a close to four days of world class men’s surfing at Supertubes. In a fast and exciting final, both surfers showed incredible performance and strength, surfing a number of heats from the quarterfinals all the way to the finals, but it was the Brazilian who had the edge on the Australian, taking the win with his aggressive approach to the long lines of Supertubes. Despite a strong comeback performance from the Australian, including a last-ditch grab-rail air 360 attempt in the dying minutes, it was the lightning-fast young Brazilian who took the honours for the second year in a row. South African CT surfer and two times event champion Jordy Smith was also on form throughout this event, but bowed out to Carmichael in an exciting semifinal clash. With one more chance to put a good score on the board during the final minutes of the heat, Jordy mistimed a huge aerial move at the end section, and was eliminated from the event. In the second semifinal Toledo came up against the dynamic Kanoa Igarashi from Japan, and went to town in this heat, posting two near perfect scores of 9.57 and 9.33 for the win and the finals berth. Filipe Toledo goes to number one on the Jeep Leaderboard, displacing Australian surfer Julian Wilson into second place. Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Italo Ferreira (BRA) make up third and fourth place, while Smith sits fairly comfortably at fifth spot on the rankings, and is again a world title contender, along with the rest of the top five. Oakley, Kouga Municipality, Island Tribe and Bioplus proudly sponsor the JBay Winterfest. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to . . .
The Madibaz men's football team achieved their goal of gaining promotion to the A section when the University Sport South Africa tournament ended in Port Elizabeth last week. In a tense finish to the B section, the Nelson Mandela University side defeated Stellenbosch on penalties in the third-place play-off. The top three B section teams earned promotion to the A section for next year's USSA week. Coach Wayne Iveson said they were delighted with the outcome after a week of tough competition. "Gaining promotion was definitely our aim and it was great to achieve what we had set out to do," he said. "I am still convinced that if we had produced better finishing, we could have made the B section final, but we are more than happy just to return to the A section. "After all the work they had put in it was really good to see the players so pleased at achieving what they wanted." Madibaz Football manager Mark Tommy said it was gratifying that the players and management team had delivered on the task of gaining promotion. "That achievement forms part of our overall strategy for Madibaz football, which is to return to the Varsity Football competition," he said. "We are extremely excited that we will be competing for a spot in Varsity Football in 2020." Tommy also praised the Madibaz women's team, who ended 12th out of 20 teams, improving on their 17th position from a year ago. "As it turned out it was extremely close. We could easily have ended higher up. "The margin between finishing 12th and a spot in the top eight all came down to goal difference in the group stages and Madibaz just lost out on that count. "But it was encouraging to see the growth of the women's game." Tommy had more praise for two young Madibaz players, Samuel Connelly and Athenkosi Papu, who received recognition at the end of the week. "They are among the exciting young players we have and were chosen for the USSA team to compete in the Safa (SA Football . . .
The University of Johannesburg women's team maintained an unbeaten record to emerge as champions at the end of the University Sport South Africa football tournament in Port Elizabeth last week. UJ topped their group and clinched the title when they defeated Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) on penalties in the final. All the matches were played at Nelson Mandela University. Coach Jabulile Baloyi said afterwards that UJ had set themselves a goal ? to improve on the fourth position they had achieved last year. "We went into the week with a strong desire to do better than 2017 when we were the hosts," she said. "We wanted to finish higher this time." A number of elements had contributed to their success, she added. "The first thing is that we were extremely disciplined on and off the field. "The unity in the team was also strong and we kept telling ourselves we were capable of winning the title. "The whole group believed it and we were always motivated to make sure we achieved more than last year. "In addition, we had a different approach for every match and adopted the approach of taking it one game at a time." Baloyi said their work ethic extended beyond just the players, with the management team playing a critical role behind the scenes to ensure the squad remained focused. Striker Amanda Mthandi played a big part, scoring nine goals during the tournament. "She was the top goal-scorer and was named player of the tournament," said the coach. Dineo Magagula was also outstanding and was named goalkeeper of the tournament. "Not counting penalty shootouts, she conceded only three goals during the week." Playing in group C, the team drew their first match but won the remaining three pool games before entering a tense play-off situation. "In the semifinals we came up against University of Western Cape and won on penalties after the score was 1-1 at the end of regulation time," Baloyi said. "It was the same in the final . . .