A shared passion for showjumping will see three members of the Triggol family taking to the Durban Shongweni Club showgrounds from 14 to 18 June for the illustrious Nissan Winter Classic, culminating with father and daughter competing for the top position this Father’s Day in the Nissan 1.5m FEI World Cup Qualifier class. Dad, Govett, will be joined by daughter, Cayleigh (18), and son, Thomas (16), to demonstrate their familial horse riding talent at one of the most notable events on the equestrian calendar. This passion for horses, which has filtered through the Triggol lineage, started on a farm in Wonderfontein, 50 kilometres east of Mpumalanga’s Middelberg. “I had the good fortune that my parents both loved horses, so there was always a good supply of farm ponies to ride,” recalled Govett. “I started competing when I was eight years old.” Following in their father’s footsteps, Cayleigh and Thomas began riding with Tamar Glicksman of Farnam, getting into competitive riding at the ages of seven and eight respectively. All three have displayed exceptional talent with an impressive list of awards and trophies to their names. Among Govett’s accolades are the SA President’s Cup 2014, the World Cup Qualifier, Midrand in 2016 as well as Germany’s Grand Prix Wildeshausen earlier this year. Last year, at the age of only 17, Cayleigh – a BComm Management student at the University of Pretoria - was named the South African Young Rider of the Year and placed eighth in the Nissan Winter Classic World Cup Qualifier. This year alone, Thomas has been named the Junior President’s Cup Champion as well as the winner of the SA Junior Outdoor Grand Prix. This bodes well for the young rider, currently studying his O Levels at the British International School, as he hopes to study and ride in the United Kingdom in 2019. Looking towards the upcoming contest, Govett said the three of them compete in the show annually, describing it as a ‘highlight on our showjumping . . .
A bumper field can look forward to a fast and furious ride on pristine single-track when they take part in the Bestmed Sondela Mountain Bike Classic at Bela-Bela in Limpopo on June 24 and 25. "The trails are in the best condition ever," said chief course designer Mel Meyer, whose team are in the final stages of preparing the 20km, 40km and 60km routes. He said a lot of time went into gaining access to the 15 farms that the event traversed, planning the routes as well as dealing with challenges such as game fencing that encircled most of the properties in the area. "We believe we have a winning route," said the self-confessed mountain bike addict, who felt they were privileged to be granted access to the properties once a year. "We have had a very good rainy season and the bushveld looks beautiful. It is really a nice ride and you need to take time and enjoy the scenery." Meyer said the 60km feature race on the Sunday featured a manageable 544m of vertical ascent and started off with a bit of a climb. "You're going to work hard for the first 20km. It's not leg-breaking; rather a gentle incline that takes you through some very scenic places." From there, he said participants would be rewarded with some downhill action as they entered a beautiful valley on the aptly named Verloren Estate. "We only have access to it once a year. Riders will follow some amazing downhill stretches until they get to the Greyling farm, from where they will continue descending into the river bed." Meyer described the difficulty of the terrain after the second water point at the Shangri La Country Hotel and Spa as "moderate" before riders will be tested by one final climb. "After that, it is all downhill back to Sondela." Although the feature event's route was mostly single-track, he was not concerned about bottlenecks as he believed the gentle uphill start on jeep track would stretch out the field. "Once they're on the single-track, there are about . . .
Madibaz netball stalwarts Melodine Jacobs and Nolusindiso Twani have been selected to represent the South African U21 team at the World Youth Netball Championships in Gaborone, Botswana, in July. It is the second time that Jacobs has received the nod from the national selectors after representing the Baby Proteas at the Africa Netball World Youth Cup Qualifiers in Botswana last year. "Last year was really exciting for me. I learnt a lot and I could really see an improvement in my netball. "I've never played at such a high level, so it was really a big thing," said the 20-year-old first-year business studies student, who admitted her selection came as a shock after being out of action with an injury since March. "I haven't been doing any running or fitness work, so, basically, I have three weeks to start working on my form." Jacobs, a Port Elizabeth local, said she would take part in several league matches for the SPAR NMMU-Madibaz during this time which would "help me build my strength". Always willing to learn and improve her game, she said her time with the South African team last year was a great experience. "While I'm slightly nervous about my selection, I'm excited because I've been there before and I now know what to do." Twani, her 21-year-old varsity teammate, was overwhelmed at the news but excited to make her debut at international level. "I was very emotional," said the third-year sports management student. "It's just such an honour." Having been named in the provisional squad last August, she said her selection had been unexpected. "It's the third time that I have been selected for the squad, but I've never made the final team," said the goal-shooter. Twani attended training camps in preparation for July and said she had noticed a marked improvement in her game as well as mentally. She said the two-week camp had been a gruelling affair designed to give the team an idea of what to expect at the championships and . . .
Recreational cyclists looking to mix it up with the pros have a small window of opportunity to enter the Bestmed Sondela Mountain Bike Classic that takes place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo on June 24 and 25. Entries for the annual festival - which offers 20km, 40km and kiddies' races on the Saturday to complement the 60km feature event on the Sunday - close at midnight on Friday. Organisers, who are catering for up to 1 400 riders across the three main events, said limited slots were still available in what they billed "the Bushveld's biggest mountain bike bash". "The most exciting part is to see how whole families take part in the riding," said ASG Events' operational director Darren Herbst. He said participants and their families would have access to the 4 700ha nature reserve as day visitors, which is not generally permitted outside of scheduled events. Herbst said the event, which is based a mere 45-minute drive from Pretoria, continued to grow in popularity each year. "To get the serious cyclists out here is awesome, but our focus is to get families to come and enjoy the weekend." He said the races on the Saturday were specifically designed to offer families riding options that suited their ability. As each race that formed part of the Bestmed Sondela Mountain Bike Classic occupied its own timeslot, Herbst said adults could also opt to build their own mini stage race. He said special combination price packages were available for those who wanted to combine either the 20km or 40km on the opening day with the marathon on the second day. After the adult events on the Saturday morning, three to five-year-olds will do battle on a specially built 500m track in the afternoon, while youngsters up to eight can tackle a 5km single-track course. "In my experience, there is no other mountain biking weekend that is as geared towards every member of the family," said Herbst. "It's a proper festival of riding combined with quality family time in . . .
What:The Last Male Standing Rhino Cup When: June 17 and 18, 2017 Where: Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy (Home of the last male Northern White Rhino) Contacts: Kenya - Rob Stevenson - email@example.com or +254 (0) 707 407 221, Australia - Nathan Dale - Nathan.firstname.lastname@example.org or +61 (0) 400 101 020 Cricketers from across the globe will join the Maasai Cricket Warriors and Nairobi’s Obuya Academy for a two day LMS Cricket tournament in one of Africa’s greatest wildlife conservation areas to raise awareness of the plight of the near extinct Northern White Rhino. The event organisers are hoping to raise more than $1million Kenyan Shillings from this year’s tournament to support Ol Pejeta and The East Africa Cricket & Education Foundation, which helps transforms the lives of thousands of disadvantaged young Africans through sport and education. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Last Male Standing here: http://www.lastmanstands.com/last-male-standing-rhino-cup-media-alert Twitter: https://twitter.com/lastmanstands Facebook: https://facebook.com/LastManStands . . .
(South Africa, May 2017) The Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund, a charity that supports rugby players who have sustained catastrophic head, neck or spinal cord injuries is proud to announce that they will be hosting the inaugural ‘Ride 4 Rugby’ mountain bike experience in Caledon in the Western Cape from 8 to 10 October 2017. This unique two day stage ride will see a number of SA's most recognisable rugby legends hitting the trails in an effort to raise funds for Rugby’s Caring Hands and is a great opportunity for cycling and rugby enthusiasts to ride alongside them. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Current Blue Bulls loose forward and Komani-local, Roelof Smit (24), got the opportunity of a lifetime when he was called up to make an appearance for the Springbok squad in the starting line-up against the Barbarians in the November tests. “I felt humbled and honoured to be there. The green and gold jersey is everything to me,” says a proud Smit. As a young player who is still working his way up the SA Rugby professional scene, Smit knows what it takes to start a career in the game at school level and to continually work to secure his place in the national squad. The Hoërskool Waterkloof old-boy originally made his debut for the Blue Bulls in 2014 at the age of 21 after having been sent by The Blue Bulls Company on the Investec International Rugby Academy’s Advanced Players’ Course – an opportunity for schoolboy rugby players to learn from former and current, international and local, players and coaches. “I can’t remember a day I didn’t want to become a professional rugby player. I have no words describing my first cap. All I knew is that I wanted more,” says Smit. Smit attributes much of his success on the field to what he learnt at the academy. Former All Blacks player, commentator and coach at the academy, Murray Mexted, stands out in Smit’s mind for having taught him about one of the key elements to becoming a professional player – mental toughness. “Mental toughness for me was the key in going to the next level; you can beat someone purely at being mentally stronger. Murray taught me vital skills such as visualising what you are going to do next and, most importantly, the definition of mental toughness - the ability to perform at my maximum, every time,” fondly reflects Smit. During his time at the academy, Smit was able to learn from the rugby icons that were involved in mentoring and teaching various technical and practical aspects of the game. Interacting with these rugby greats has provided him, he believes, the leg up needed to hone . . .
(Port Elizabeth) – Parents looking for ways to get their kids off the couch this National Youth Day (June 16) need look no further than the inaugural “Ride for the Youth” at Baywest Mall. This family-oriented mountain bike ride marks the official launch of the new Baywest Mall MTB Trails and is presented in conjunction with Fat Tracks Mountain Bike Club, Old Mutual and Nutritech. Baywest Mall marketing manager Christopher Hutchings said the intention behind the event was to create a healthy and active way for families to spend quality time together. “As Nelson Mandela Bay’s premier shopping and entertainment destination, Baywest already has a great family-friendly offering. By taking it outdoors, we are simply expanding the variety of activities for moms, dads and kids to share.” Hutchings said the Baywest MTB Trails were designed to be scenic, accessible and enjoyable for social riders of all skill levels and technical abilities. “Of course, those family members who aren’t keen to break a sweat can still enjoy a coffee, watch a movie or do some shopping while waiting for the rest to finish.” The family-friendly line-up includes a 1km kids’ dash, 6km and 12km social rides, and an 18km feature race. The trails start near the fountain outside the Fun Factory entertainment wing entrance (Entrance 4). Registration will take place outside the ice rink between 4pm and 6pm on Thursday, June 15, and from 7.30am to 8.30am on race day. The event draws to a close with the official prize-giving and lucky draws at noon. Entry costs R20 for the kids’ dash (8.30am), R60 for the social rides (9am) and R85 for the feature race (10am). For more information, visit www.fattracks.co.za or follow Baywest Mall on Facebook. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Friday, 16 June is Youth Day, a historic day when South Africans pay homage to the courage and sacrifice of the Soweto youth of 1976. As we commemorate events that changed the course of our country’s future, the born-free generation are encouraged to embark on a course of their own at the Durban Green Corridor Youth Trail Run. For the fifth year in a row, the non-profit Durban Green Corridor organisation will host a fun trail run at the eNanda Adventure Park for more than 200 young people from disadvantaged communities in the surrounding area. Unlike your everyday youth fitness challenge, the trail run is designed for girls and boys of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels. A 5km beginner course has been designed for the 9-15 years old group, and a more challenging 10km route for the competitive and spirited 16-19 year olds, in an effort to promote healthy living through exercise and mental wellness through fun interactive activities. Refreshment stops will be erected at various points along the course to ensure that each participant remains hydrated as they navigate the course, with medics patrolling the site to ensure the safety and well-being of the young runners. Races kick off at 9am, with officials sounding the gun at the 12pm cut-off to signify the end of the race. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three runners in each category, and medals to the first 100 to finish, so that they can also be proud of their personal triumphs. Zapper, South Africa’s premier mobile payment and lifestyle app have partnered with Durban Green Corridor and PWC to help make this event a success. “The youth are the future of our country. By investing in upliftment programmes that encourages them to believe in their own potential, we build better leaders, who build better communities and ultimately a better tomorrow for all South Africans,” said Jessica Fowlds, Marketing Manager for Zapper. “We at Zapper are proud to be a part of such an inspired event.” For more . . .
The 2017 Nissan Winter Classic will once again attract a stellar line-up of equestrian competitors to the event taking place at the immaculate Durban Shongweni Club showgrounds from 14 to 18 June. Competing in the showjumping spectacle – which forms the second of five elite events that make up the South African leg of the World Cup Jumping qualifiers – will be an incredible 300 leading local and international riders, among them the record-breaking Lorette Knowles-Taylor. No stranger to this illustrious competition, Knowles-Taylor and her now-retired horse, Nissan Nabab Forever, broke the South African 6 Bar record in 2014 with a height of 2m. The pair went on to break their own record the following year with a height of 2.05m. Although she won’t be competing in the 6 Bar this year, she will be riding Nissan Catwalk 22 – owned by the Jansen family – in the 1.50m and 1.60m classes, as well as competing on two youngsters in the 1.30m classes and 1.40m classes on Nina Lambrakis’ Nissan Contest. “The Nissan Winter Classic is an amazing show,” said the excited rider. “The organising team does an amazing job and Nissan really puts in a lot from their side, financially and entertainment-wise. It's a family show and the crowds at the Shongweni Club are amazing!” Commenting on training for the upcoming show, Knowles-Taylor said she’d been working with husband, Barry, a top South African coach and her trainer for the past two decades. “Although it's difficult being taught by a family member, I have been very diligent this year trying to listen to every word without answering back!” she laughed. “Preparations have been going to plan and the horses are on form. We have been jumping gymnastic exercises and recently returned from a trip to the Hamburg derby where we were privileged enough to watch the best in the world compete in all the legs of the Hamburg Global champions tour. Coming from this, Barry has recreated some of the difficult jumping lines that we . . .