Pheladi Sethusa: Earlier this month seven brave sailors from the Wits Yacht Club embarked on an epic sail to Rio, Brazil from Cape Town . Exactly 23 days and 53 minutes later they had reached their destination and managed to be the sixth boat to arrive at their intended destination.
Two weeks after their victory, the crew that was on board the Amtec Wits Aladdin are getting back to their daily routine – which means lectures at Wits for most. Wits Vuvuzela talked to skipper, Bradley Robinson and crew member Alexa Brown, both only 22 years old.
KHUMO MEKGWE: Tuks took on the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in the first round of the Varsity Cup last Monday. The match ended in an 18-18 draw.
The match was new Tuks captain Reniel Hugo’s debut and was also coach Pote Human’s first match in charge.
Pheladi Sethusa: The Wits Yacht Club has been placed sixth in the overall Cape to Rio 2014 race after an epic 23 days at sea.
This is the first time since 1984 that a Wits team participated in the prestigious sailing competition. The Amtec Wits crew was made up of seven Wits students, who set sail on January 4 this year and arrived in Rio on Tuesday night, February 4, nearly a month later. Team Wits was one of 37 teams in this year’s competition.
MICHAEL REINDERS: Pote Human signed a three year contract at the end of last year to become the new Tuks coach. He will be coaching Tuks in the Varsity Cup as well as in the Carlton Cup, the University Sports South Africa (USSA) tournament and the Predator series. Before joining Tuks, Human was the head coach at the Griquas and in 2005-2006 he also coached the Blue Bulls Currie Cup team. Perdeby spoke to him about the season ahead.
ANNIKA GOUWS: CrossFit is a belief in fitness. The programme, developed by coach Greg Glassman, prepares trainees for any physical contingency. It takes physical skills and adapts them to lend an advantage in performance, making fitness more meaningful yet still measurable.
Unlike boot camp or aerobics which is time-based, CrossFit is exercise- and performance-based. A combination of obstacles and weights including dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, sledgehammers, hitting tyres, shuttle runs, plate pushes, pull-ups, push-ups and burpies are used during training.
KHUMO MEKGWE: It’s easy to become so overwhelmed with the excitement of starting university that you lose your cool once in a while. Perdeby has put together five ways for you to save your reputation at a sport event. Not only are these tips for your own good, but they are also for the safety of those around you.
PHILIP STOFBERG: UP has a prestigious sporting history. The university has produced some of the best sportspeople in the country, including many Olympic athletes who trained at Tuks. However, amid the greatness that TuksSport achieves, students who participate in sport also find time to have a bit of fun.
MICHAEL REINDERS: “Players like him are born once in a lifetime.” This is how former Indian cricketer and national coach Anshuman Gaekwad describes Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar, who is known as “the little master”, has announced his retirement from international cricket after a 24-year-long career for India.
Tendulkar began his career as an international cricketer at the age of 16 in 1989. Since then, he has gone on to become one of the greatest batsmen, if not one of the greatest cricketers, of his generation, as Jonathan Agnew, English cricket broadcaster and former cricketer, has stated.
By Julia Fish Natalie Ross is a difficult woman to catch up with. This is not surprising for us mere mortals, trying to keep up with the pace of a duathlon gold medallist .
Ross’s petite form and chiselled legs show a body built for competition. Ross triumphed over more than 100 athletes from 24 different countries to take gold in the World Duathlon Championships in Ottawa earlier this year. The course consisted a 5km lap first run, a 20km bike race, and a 2.5 km second run which athletes were required to complete twice. Ross did this over five minutes faster than her closest competitor.
BRIAN KIAUTHA: The Tuks women’s football team beat the University of Johannesburg (UJ) 1-0 in their Sasol League match on 5 October. Tuks forward Vanessa Siakam scored the only goal of the game.
The match started slowly with the teams keeping the ball in the midfield. Neither team tested the other’s defending or attacking skills.