Actor and soap star Paul du Toit is swapping make-up, high heels and feather boas for a K1 canoe and paddles to take on The Unlimited Dusi canoe marathon. Du Toit is hot off the stage as Dr Frank-N-Furter in the recent run of The Rocky Horror Show in Durban and is looking forward to the challenge of this epic river race. The self-proclaimed dedicated beach bum and surfer took up canoeing four years ago when he moved to Johannesburg to further his acting career. “I needed a water sport that matched the adrenaline rush, fitness and outdoors experience that I got from surfing. I find the gym incredibly boring by comparison. This will be my fourth Dusi and it is definitely the Comrades of canoeing. It really is a privilege to be a part of the legend and all it entails - the spectacular African scenery, the big rapids, the sense of adventure, the camaraderie between paddlers and facing up to the challenge of the river,” says Du Toit. Du Toit is a well-known face on the big and small screen in South Africa and plays the role of Malan Koster in the hugely popular soap series Binneland and has also recently starred in the movies Semi Soet, Liefling and Skilpoppe. He also runs his own production company Fanagalo Films, which produces a travel, adventure and lifestyle show Rough or Smooth and Rof of Spog. With the gruelling three-day race only two weeks away, Du Toit is trying to spend more time on the water, but admits to being worried about his training schedule. “I received great advice and help from the guys at Canoe Concepts and Innovate, but then the Christmas holidays interfered and I don’t know if the time I spent on a surfboard and stand-up paddle board will help much. At this stage I just hope to survive to the finish in a time that’s not completely embarrassing!” jokes Du Toit. His preparation has not been without its mishaps. “I had a disastrous Drak, losing my boat, paddle, dignity and the ability to bend my right knee,” admits du Toit. He is currently . . .
Multiple former winner Kevin Evans will be in a different outfit when he defends his title in The Herald VW Cycle Tour’s 80km Extreme mountain bike challenge at Addo on Saturday. Evans, who started his mountain biking career in Port Elizabeth, has joined FedGroup-Itec Connect in the wake of the much-publicised demise of his former team and will bring teammates Brandon Stewart, who won in 2011, and Bridgette Minnaar-Stewart along for the ride. “It’s very early in the season for us but it will be great preparation for the racing to come later in the season.” The Plettenberg Bay-based rider said his training was going well despite recovering from abdominal surgery in early December. “I’m about a month behind but should be back to full strength by mid-February.” He said he was looking forward to competing on the uncharted territory of the new course, after torrential downpours forced a last-minute route change last year. “It will be nice to race over some new terrain.” The four-time national marathon champion said he was expecting strong opposition from the likes of Team Blend Properties’ Charles Keey and possibly former Tour de France rider John-Lee Augustyn, who has made a return to racing following an extended injury-induced layoff. He will also be facing ex-teammate James Reid, former national road champion Darren Lill and cross-country racer Oliver Munnik. Evans will also take part in the 106km Classic road race in PE on the Sunday, which will put the 34-year-old in contention for the newly introduced Ultimate Quest category, which rewards riders with the shortest combined time across both events. Evans, who finished fifth in the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour last year, said the super-category gave mountain bikers like himself and Stewart a distinct advantage over their road counterparts. “It will most certainly favour the mountain bikers, as the time gaps are always much bigger off-road than on.” Evans said he was looking forward . . .
Young learners from communities throughout Gauteng, including Soweto, Orange Farm, Midrand and Durban Deep, took part this past weekend, in the seventh Kellogg’s® Health of the Nation 50-Hour Sports Challenge. The event, which gets 5,000 young learners back 'on the ball' by keeping a ball in motion for 50 hours, took place at the Southern Suburbs Sport and Recreation Centre in Rosettenville, Johannesburg from Friday 25 until Sunday 27 January 2013. The learners kept the ball rolling in up to 15 different indoor and outdoor sporting disciplines over the course of the three days and were exposed to a huge variety of sports, including cricket, tennis, hockey, rounders, table tennis, badminton, netball, soccer, rope skipping, athletics and touch rugby. The Challenge originated following a study in 2004, which revealed that an alarmingly large percentage of South African children were already facing probable obesity-related health problems. The Challenge aims to kick-start an awareness of the importance of exercise and living a healthy lifestyle amongst South Africa's youth as research has shown that children develop healthy habits by the age of 12. “If you’re not playing sport or leading an active and healthy lifestyle by then, the chances are that sport and physical activity will not feature in your adult life,” says event organiser Brad Bing of Sporting Chance. URL: http://sportingchance.co.za/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/sportinchance Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sportingchance YouTube: Author: Judy Chapman from Paula Wilson Media Consulting. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Kellogg'sR Health of the Nation 50-Hour Sports Challenge Photographer: HoTN 2013 - Patience Vunge and Buhle Dlamini (13).jpg [/l2g] . . .
Organisers of The Herald VW Cycle Tour have promised to deliver yet another action-packed, family-oriented festival of cycling and entertainment when the 28th edition of the event rolls out in Nelson Mandela Bay from February 1 to 3. The programme starts on the Friday with an all-day expo and registration (9am to 9pm) on the exhibition level of The Boardwalk International Convention Centre opposite Hobie Beach. Then, on the Saturday morning, the racing kicks off with the mountain bike events in Addo and family road events in Port Elizabeth. The weekend culminates with the feature races and prize-giving at the beachfront on the Sunday. According to event coordinator Linda Harwood riders may collect their goodie bags and comprehensive race booklet at registration. “We’ve gone all out to add value to our riders with a bumper goodie bag full of products and vouchers, and there are more than a dozen cycling-related stalls for those last-minute purchases. “Late entries will also be accepted at registration for all races except the Ultimate Quest.” Harwood said a 50% penalty fee would apply to the 55km Pursuit and 106km Classic road races, as well as for the 60km Adventure and 80km Extreme mountain bike events. She said visitors to the expo could also catch a glimpse of some of the lucky draw prizes on offer, which are worth around R300 000. These include the VW Polo 1.4 Trendline valued at R170 000, courtesy of Volkswagen Group South Africa. “One fortunate rider will become the proud new owner of the vehicle at the prize-giving, which takes place at 1pm on Sunday.” She reminded riders that the car and other lucky draws were attendance prizes. Harwood said the race village near the start/finish at Hobie Beach would host the weekend’s festivities, with various food and refreshment vendors, a spectator tent and the Coca-Cola Waya-Waya mobile music truck adding to the atmosphere. “On the Saturday, we’ve got a kiddies’ action arena, complete with . . .
Media Release Date: 25 January 2013 Subject: Canoe carnage affects Dusi paddlers To download high resolution images attached to this story, see bottom of this media release A race of another kind is on ahead of The Unlimited Dusi 2013. Following huge water at the recent N3TC Drak Challenge, for many paddlers it’s now a race against the clock to replace or repair their canoeing equipment in time for South Africa's biggest canoe marathon. Heavy overnight rains the day before the Drak ensured the event was contested in the highest water levels since its inception in 1994. This caused organisers to restrict entries to paddlers with an A-plus rating. In fact, only 40 percent of the field made it to the finish and over the two days of the race, it is estimated that one in every three boats was damaged or lost. This has had a dramatic impact on local canoe suppliers, especially with The Unlimited Dusi being mere weeks away, taking place from 14 to 16 February. Owen Hemingway of Pope’s Canoe Centre in Pietermaritzburg confirms that The Unlimited Dusi paddlers are now scrambling: "We're very busy. There have been a lot of broken boats and many people also lost their boats completely. We're working flat out to meet the demand." Rick Whitton, the owner of the well-known Kayak Centre based in Hillcrest (KZN) described the situation as "carnage". "We have been inundated with paddlers wanting their boats fixed in time for The Unlimited Dusi," he said. "We have had to stop taking on any new business so that we can get the boats that need repairing ready in time. I feel sorry for the guys who lost their boats and now have no canoe for The Unlimited Dusi, meaning they could miss what is regarded as the highlight of the year among the paddling community." Malcolm Stothard, the owner of Kayak Racing Centre in Johannesburg said he has also been very busy this week. "Most of the paddlers from Johannesburg used their old boats during the Drak and we have had a large . . .
Tag Rugby® will be played at the Cape Town Tens on Saturday 2nd February 2013 at Hamilton's Rugby Club on the Greenpoint Stadium Prescient. The ever-popular Cape Town Tens Rugby festival is celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2013 and to help celebrate the occasion Tag Rugby® will be hosting a Tournament on the final day for all the teams that missed out on entries, as well as any other teams (men’s, ladies or mixed,) who are looking for a fun, "contact free" activity, but still wanting to work up a sweat to earn their keep in the beer tent! Spaces are filling up fast and remember we can only accommodate a limited number of entries so it's "First come, first served basis"! Entry fee of R 3 420.00 (VAT Incl.) will secure your team's entry to the tournament as well as the following: Entrance to the Tens events on Friday as well as Saturday including all players areas and beer tents. Entrance to the concert on both mentioned days including the following live entertainment: Sox, Me and Mr. Brown, SA/DC, aKing, Lonesome Dave Ferguson, Good Luck and Albert Frost. A t-shirt for your team members, a high quality tournament and opportunity to win great prizes. Remember that mixed teams can be entered along with men’s and women's teams. We will also be forming a Bystanders Barbarian side for all the individual players without a team. Contact person: Gerhard Scholtz - email@example.com 082 596 1890 Website: www.tagrugbyleagues.com Facebook: Tag rugby Twitter: @AdultTag URL: http://tagrugbyleagues.com Twitter: @Adult Tag Facebook: Tag rugby YouTube: Author: CAROL VOSLOO from Tag Rugby® . 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: TAG RUGBY POSTER [/l2g] . . .
As the total prize purse for The Herald VW Cycle Tour surpasses the R400 000 mark, participants in next weekend’s event will walk away with more than smiles on their faces. Officially the Eastern Cape’s richest race, the cycle tour kicks off with the mountain bike events in Addo on the Saturday and culminates with the road races in Port Elizabeth on the Sunday. According to event coordinator Linda Harwood, the lucky draw prize value currently stands at R290 000 and counting, with a further R114 000 in prize money for the top finishers. Harwood said the prize giving for the 28th edition of the race would take place at 1pm on the Sunday at the new Boardwalk Convention Centre. “It is attendance only, so you must be there to claim your prize.” She said one lucky participant could drive away in a brand-new Volkswagen Polo 1.4 Trendline courtesy of the title sponsor. Riders also stand a chance to win a road and mountain bike with a combined value of R40 000 courtesy of GT/Cyclo Pro. “Our other big prize is household goods valued at over R50 000 from Tony’s Furniture, Appliances & Beds.” Store owner Tony De La Mare, who has sponsored the event since 2008, said he was proud to be involved for the sixth consecutive year. “The cycling community supports us throughout the year because they see us supporting cycling in PE. It’s a very reciprocal relationship.” Other prizes include a luxury weekend getaway for two worth R10 000 at Kuzuko Lodge plus R6 000 in Swarovski crystal jewellery from Jenni Collections. Local cycling shops Action Cycles and Wayne Pheiffer Cycles have also shown their support by giving away a Silverback mountain bike and Scott hamper respectively. Sponsor of the family and children’s events, Powerade, has donated 10 hampers of the popular sports drink and there are also 10 subscriptions to The Herald to be won. Game drives from Addo Elephant National Park and gift vouchers from The Boardwalk retail tenants and . . .
January 2013 Press release 2013 LEARNERS REDISCOVERING ROAD TO FITNESS It's a new school year filled with fresh exciting challenges, like the seventh Kellogg’s® Health of the Nation 50-Hour Sports Challenge, which gets 5,000 young learners back 'on the ball' by keeping a ball in motion for 50 hours. Organised by national youth sports development agency Sporting Chance, the fun-filled Challenge aims to inspire a lifelong passion for exercise and sport. According to coordinator Brad Bing, the Challenge is a step in the right direction towards reaffirming an active lifestyle amongst South African youth, a lengthy process which is now underway, which is benefitting from both corporate and government support. "The fitness of an entire generation of South African children has been compromised since physical education was significantly downscaled in the national school curriculum in 1999, and it will take another seven years before the reintroduced physical education programmes become fully functional, following comprehensive teacher education. Research has shown that children develop healthy habits by the age of 12. “If you’re not playing sport or leading an active and healthy lifestyle by then, the chances are that sport and physical activity will not feature in your adult life,” says Bing. Explaining the origin of the Challenge, Bing said that a 2004 study revealed that an alarmingly large percentage of South African children were already facing probable obesity-related health problems. "It was obvious that we needed to kick-start an awareness of the importance of exercise and living a healthy lifestyle, which we hoped would grow into a passion for sport and physical activity." ‘There is a need for urgent attention from parents, teachers, organisations and other authorities to address the problems of childhood nutrition and physical activity. "Balanced nutrition and healthy eating combined with exercise are the cornerstones of Kellogg’s® Corn Flakes . . .
The fundraising efforts for the official race charities of The Unlimited Dusi canoe marathon got off to a good start and even earlier than last year. The Unlimited Child, SPCA and DUCT (Dusi Umgeni Conservancy Trust) will benefit from the charity batch of this iconic race. The charity batch online auction has already received nearly R80 000 in bids with four weeks to go before the start of the race. The leading bid of R19300 is currently being held by K3 paddling partners Donovan and Matthew Baney and Etienne Nel. Competitors can now bid online at the official race website www.dusi.co.za to secure an early daily start. The hammer will go down for final bids on 1 February 2013. Almost 1700 paddlers are expected to start each day of the epic three-day event setting off in staggered start batches of 60 paddlers from 06h00. Paddlers in the last batch could start as late as 11h00 when the heat and humidity in the Valley of a 1000 Hills will definitely take its toll. Race organisers have made the fifth batch, which start as 06h30 daily, available for the charity batch auction. The top sixty bidders will secure their places in this batch, which could prove to be a huge competitive advantage. When the charity auction concept was first launched in 2003, a total amount of R60 000 was raised for the race charities. This has grown incrementally year on year and in 2012 the grand total reached over R300 000. The organisers are hoping that the fundraising efforts will exceed R400 000 this year. All the proceeds of the charity batch auction go to non-government organisations working in the areas surrounding the race route, such as early childhood development intervention group The Unlimited Child. This non-profit agency has touched the lives of over 22 000 children by providing educational toys and training more than 900 caregivers at 310 crèches in the region. 5fm sport presenter Sias du Plessis has again pledged his support to the charity and will be racing in the . . .
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 . . .