The hallmark of a successful sports team is a strong leadership base. The value of potent leadership transcends through amateur, semi-pro as well as the world of elite sport. World Cup winning coach, Gary Kirsten is sought after all over the world for his dynamic approach to leadership and has developed an online course which will benefit players and coaches of all sports across the spectrum. The course titled Leadership and Coaching in Cricket by Gary Kirsten can be accessed via www.garykirsten.com at a discounted rate and is in partnership with leading web-based learning portal Udemy. “With 2018 underway, this is the perfect time for people to invest in sport leadership training. Anyone can access the information conveniently at their own pace from anywhere in the world and then be ready to tackle the year rejuvenated with fresh leadership thinking and ideas,” commented Gary Kirsten. The information is easily accessible and consists of eight supplementary resources, full-time access, 1-hours’ worth of on demand video as well as access on mobile, desktop and other digital platforms. “The course is dynamic and will appeal to coaches and players involved in all sports and at every level. So whether you are the school hockey, club cricket or a professional football coach there is something in the course that will benefit you,” Kirsten said. As a cricket player Kirsten was one of the most successful international cricketers for over a decade. Today he is regarded as one of the world’s leading coaches. Designed by Kirsten himself, the course presents his personal experiences as the head coach of the ICC World Cup winning Team India as well as his tenure as head coach of the Proteas. “The purpose of this course is to share some of the detail that goes into leading an international cricket team, some of my own experiences and to provide insight into the inner workings of these teams in order to discover your personal leadership style, how to set . . .
2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour charity entries available… The Sunflower Fund is appealing to all interested sportsmen and women who will be taking on the Cape Town Cycle Tour in 2018, to consider championing our worthy cause by participating in the 2018 Miles4Hope fundraising and awareness campaign. The Sunflower Fund has limited charity bonds for the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour still available at R1500 per cyclist, kit not included. Leukaemia patients often spend weeks or months in isolation wards and sport is not an option for them. Sportsmen and women are especially empathetic to the plight of those with life-threatening blood disorders as they appreciate the fact that they can enjoy outdoor sport. Miles4Hope participants are equipped with the tools to effectively assist them in approaching their personal and work databases to sponsor them financially per mile or kilometre covered with no contribution being too small. All funds raised from the campaign will enable The Sunflower Fund to create awareness as well as educate and recruit more blood stem cell donors to offer the hope of life to patients in need of a life-saving transplant. Any person or club interested in joining the Miles4Hope 2018 campaign by purchasing a charity entry may contact Rasheda van den Hurk on 021 701 0661 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on The Sunflower Fund or how to become a blood stem cell donor, please visit www.sunflowerfund.org.za or contact toll free 0800 12 10 82. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Jan Braai, renowned for his National Braai Day initiative, will turn his attention to a fresh challenge when he participates in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter next month. The 614km Western Cape race from Knysna to Franschhoek, hosted by ASG events in partnership with STANLIB and Volvo, starts on February 4. After riding in 25 consecutive Cape Town Cycle Tours, Jan will tick off another item on his cycling wish list. An avid rider, he is equally adept on a mountain bike, having tackled events such as the Cape Epic, Wines2Whales and the Berg&Bush. He is thrilled to have an opportunity to ride in one of the “biggest races left on my bucket list”. “It’s always been on my radar but the deal was sealed over a bottle of wine when I was on a cycling holiday in the Klein Karoo and met the founder of the event, Lenore Collett,” Jan said this week. “They were doing a route recce and we happened to be staying at the same lodge.” Jan, who grew up in Stellenbosch and now lives in Sea Point in Cape Town, is the head of the National Braai Day initiative, which began more than a decade ago. “Since 2005, our aim has been to encourage all South Africans to unite around a fire, share our heritage and wave our flag on September 24,” he said. “It’s a public holiday and we’re trying to position that date every year as our country’s national day of celebration, similar to St Patrick’s Day in Ireland or Thanksgiving in the US. “In short, we want to get 50 million people around braai fires one day per year.” In reply to an obvious question, he said with a chuckle: “My real name is Jan but my surname, as many might guess, is not Braai. “Over time I have become known as Jan Braai or Jan, the guy from National Braai Day.” With braaing as his job and cycling as his hobby, Jan is looking forward to the social aspect of the TransCape. “The food definitely excites me,” he said, “but the TransCape also traverses a truly magnificent part of South . . .
The FNB Madibaz rugby team received some useful insight into the new Varsity Cup power play rule when they had a practice match against Stellenbosch in George last weekend. The encounter with Maties was the first in a series of warm-up outings the Nelson Mandela University team will have prior to their opening game against University of Cape Town in Port Elizabeth on February 5. The FNB Varsity Cup organisers have introduced a power play rule for this year's competition, hoping the experiment will encourage coaches to employ exciting tactics while fostering a generation of dynamic and adjustable players. The rule will allow the team calling the power play to remove any two nominated backline players from the opposition side for three minutes. A team can only call a power play while they are in their own half of the field. It must be called by the captain, and can be done only once. If the team whose players have been removed score a try during the power play period, it will be worth seven points instead of five. After trying out the rule for the first time in a match situation at the weekend, Madibaz coach David Maidza said they had gained some useful insight. "In reality, we are still working on the systems that will best suit the group," he said. "Testing the rule against Maties, we did find it challenging but we saw what we had to improve on." The Madibaz mentor said it was a fairly difficult concept to grasp as they normally planned their strategy for situations when all the players were on the field. "But the rule is there for 2018 and we have to work out a strategy to handle it in the best way to ensure it does not leave the team in disarray." Maidza said the Varsity Cup competition had a tradition of trying out innovations and they had learned over the years to adapt to the requirements. "At first, experimental rules might lead to situations that won't suit conservatives like me," he said. "But in the end such rules have . . .
Participants in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter will be treated to a selection of award-winning wines during the mountain bike race that finishes after a taxing 614km at La Couronne Wine Estate in Franschhoek on February 10. Besides providing a tranquil finish venue to one of South Africa's premier multiday races, marketing and sales manager Eldorette Carinus said they would do everything possible to ensure the riders had a memorable experience off the bike. "These wines range from our red and white varieties to rosé and will be offered complimentary to the competitors," said Carinus, who will be at the TransCape to provide information on their brands. "Winning awards for various wines assists us with our marketing goals, allowing us to showcase them to the public, while providing an indication of the quality of our brand. "It also shows that we are able to compete with other wines in South Africa, which has a reputation for producing high-quality products." La Couronne's wines will add further value to the seven-day mountain bike race, which was granted UCI status in October. The organisers have also opened the race to e-bikes, the first event of its nature to do so in the country. "Our mission is to motivate as many people as possible to ride," said ASG Events chief Wynand de Villiers. "This falls in with our philosophy to spread the message of wellness, fun and family time through the privilege of riding." Carinus said grapes had been cultivated on the mountain slopes surrounding Franschhoek for over 300 years and they were passionate about continuing the legacy. "The estate covers 40 hectares, of which half is under cultivation for wine production. Wine-maker Henk Swart uses only the best viticultural technique to produce top-quality wine from the grapes that are hand-picked on the farm." She invited the community to join them at the finish to welcome home the riders, who include former Springbok captain John Smit and Proteas . . .
Leading South African 400m hurdler LJ van Zyl will be one of several experts imparting knowledge and advice at the Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club coaching courses at Daniel Pienaar Technical High School in Uitenhage from Wednesday to Friday. The series for coaches and athletes will consist of courses in three categories, to be held simultaneously. Those attending must choose one of the categories - the coaching clinic or either the ASA Level 1 or Level 2 coaches' course. Van Zyl, who is targeting a fourth appearance at the Commonwealth Games this year, will be joined by experienced Pretoria coach Hugo Badenhorst and former national middle-distance runner Ilze Wicksell at the course, where they will assist coaches and athletes. Badenhorst, who will be specialising in jumps, has been involved with athletics in Gauteng North for more than three decades and is chairman of the Athletics SA coaches' committee. Wicksell ran for South Africa from 1980 to 1983 and again at the African Championships in 1993. She holds the national record for the 1 000 metres. Madibaz athletics manager Nellis Bothma said they were delighted to have the trio at the clinics. "It is really great to have high-profile athletes and coaches such as these to assist our coaches and athletes in the Eastern Cape," he said. The 32-year-old Van Zyl said he was relishing the chance to interact with coaches and athletes to possibly inspire the next generation. A Bestmed brand ambassador, the SA 400m hurdles record holder has been included in the preliminary SA team for the Commonwealth Games. He won a gold medal and two silvers at previous Games meetings. "I am fully into training and aiming for, at least, a spot on the podium," he said of the Games, which will take place in Australia in April. "For now, though, I am looking forward to this week's clinic and to help athletes and coaches." Van Zyl added that his main objective at courses such as these was to motivate young . . .
South African outdoor enthusiasts are about to encounter something brand new! Since its introduction in 2008, the Nissan TrailSeeker has become a highlight for mountain bikers with its exciting and innovative creation of trails in the Western Cape and Gauteng. The action-packed single day event has drawn pros, weekend warriors and families alike with varying distances and routes that cater for everyone. A new world for adventure seekers is about to be opened up, however, as the Nissan TrailSeeker introduces the addition of an exclusive event for trail runners in 2018. The mountain bike event on Saturday will now be followed by a trail running event on Sunday, which will also offer various distances – namely a 5km, 10km and 21km trail. A technical (but doable) challenge will be incorporated into the 21km route in particular. As with all Advendurance events, competitors can expect only the utmost level of professionalism. A seeding system will be used for trail runners looking to measure and track their progress over the course of the series. An added bonus will be a goodie bag that comes with each entry, the unique provision of hot showers to freshen up after the event, top notch infrastructure, ladies’ specific toilets, shade and seating, and the best medics in the business. Both spectators and participants will also certainly enjoy a fully equipped race village with separate start and finish points, food stalls, a beer tent and a lekker vibe. Race director Francois Theron comments on the addition of trail running events: “We're just really passionate about bringing cool outdoor experiences to people, and in a way that is sustainable, affordable and gives people great value. So we partnered with Nissan to bring the TrailSeeker flavour to the trail running scene and look forward to the year ahead!" 2018 Nissan TrailSeeker dates to diarise Western Cape Series: #TrailSeekerWC1 Bosman Family Wines, Wellington 18 – . . .
Christmas will make an early appearance in Port Elizabeth when the monthly Valley Market, sponsored by SPAR Eastern Cape, starts the festive season celebrations in appropriate style on Saturday. The organisers, Love Story, have been hard at work this week, transforming the venue, the old Tramways building near the harbour, into a Christmas wonderland. Love Story founder Elaine Watson, whose organisation use the event to raise funds for the destitute, said they tried to do something special for the December market every year. "All the vendors will follow a Christmas theme in their stalls," she said. "There will be gift shopping, a Santa Claus, a kiddies' cinema and live entertainment." A special touch this year would be combining Love Story's Buckets of Blessings campaign with the market, she said. "People are encouraged to bring along non-perishable food items or sponsor a bucket for Love Story to distribute to the homeless over Christmas," said Watson. The campaign forms part of their ongoing work to help those in need in Nelson Mandela Bay. The local charity was founded by Watson and her husband, Luke, in 2012 to support the many destitute people in the region. Love Story run feeding schemes, distribute clothing to those in need and also work in hospitals, using the Valley Market's gate takings to support these activities. The market usually attracts about 1 000 visitors each month, but Watson said they were hoping to see double the number as a result of the extended hours. "This Christmas market will be held over 12 hours, starting at 9am. We hope to see a much bigger than normal attendance. "The night-time market will take on a different atmosphere, with TOPS tastings and live entertainment. "The kiddies' cinema will provide entertainment for the young ones while their parents relax and have a good time." For the energetic, Watson said there would be a 5km Valley Run, starting at 8am and going through Settlers Park. SPAR . . .
The SPAR Madibaz players continued to show their dominance in the Nelson Mandela Bay Netball Association's competitions by scooping a dozen awards at the organisation's annual prize-giving last month. Leading the way for the Nelson Mandela University club was Jeanie Steyn, who was named the region's player of the year. The number of awards continued a 15-year trend during which the university had become a dominant force in local netball, said Madibaz netball manager Melinda Goosen. "Although we did not win the league, you will find that most of the region's provincial teams were made up of Madibaz players," she said. "The exception is the team that play in the Brutal Fruit competition, because its composition is split 50-50 with Buffalo City." The success of Madibaz netball was due to the all-round contribution of players and management staff, she added. "For example, all the players who won awards have come under the guidance of (coach) Lana Krige, who has made a big impact on the sport at the varsity. "In addition, we have people such as Euleen Grobbelaar, who is our top technical official and does great work on that front in our club." Grobbelaar received the award for valuable technical official at the NMBNA prize-giving. Goosen also praised player of the year Steyn for her efforts during the year. "Jeanie struggled with a niggling injury, but she never stopped giving her all. That sort of commitment helped the club come through the year with top honours." Goosen said they were happy with the playing standard their teams had produced this year, including the Varsity Netball competition, in which they ended fifth on the final log. "Now we are looking to build for next year. We place a lot of our focus on recruiting local players because we have an abundance of young talent in the Eastern Cape." But they had to compete with other universities, which were also on the lookout for promising young players, she . . .
Having ridden a wave of success for six years, the Nelson Mandela University Squash Club have no intention of letting things slide as they enter what will be an important year in 2018. Under the guidance of coach Jason le Roux, who was named Eastern Province player of the year in October, the Madibaz men's team have won six first-league titles and five super league crowns since 2012. They have also shown constant improvement at the University Sport South Africa week, which they will host next year. Although they have not won the event, the men's side were unbeaten in 2014 and Le Roux said Madibaz were often mentioned as a team on the rise. They were still assessing who would make up the squad next year, but they were hoping to attract some strong players, he added. "We lack a degree of financial clout, but if we get some top players into our system we will have a strong team for the USSA tournament, giving us a chance to win the title for the first time. "Our women are good but we hope we can encourage some of the Nelson Mandela students who play largely on a social basis to join the club and increase the depth." After this year's USSA week, Madibaz' Hayley Ward and Bianca Brown were both included in the women's Top Six. Competing with bigger universities in signing up young talent remained a challenge, but Le Roux said their success was having some spin-offs. "There is definitely interest among local talent to join us and players from other varsities have also asked me if they could come to study at Nelson Mandela University. "We just need to work wisely with our budget to see how we can accommodate them." Le Roux ascribed their success to the pool of talent in Eastern Province and to the way the young players were managed. "Port Elizabeth has always had top juniors coming through the system and one of the key elements is encouragement. "Each player is different, so they must be managed in a way that encourages them to . . .