WILLIAM ALDRIDGE: UP is set to host the 2014 University Sports South Africa (USSA) cycle tour taking place at the end of June. Tuks are the holders of the 2013 USSA title, which they won at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth, sealing the victory by dominating the race from the start. On 1 July TuksCycling will be looking to replicate the form shown last year in the road race.
The universities taking part in this year’s tour include: Cape Peninsula University of Technology, NMMU, North-West University, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Cape Town, University of the Free State, University of Johannesburg, and University of Stellenbosch.
Name: Kevin Michael Patten
Age: 21Height: 172cm
Strengths: Tour riding, climbing and time trials
Tertiary education: BSc Architecture at UP
Manager (agent): Robbie Hunter (Protouch Global)
After playing a crucial role in securing Tuks’ University Sports South Africa (USSA) win last year Kevin Patten will lead the team that will defend the title in this year’s USSA Championships from 1 to 3 July.
ADITI HUNMA: What if all Martial Arts sporting codes met for a scrumming session? Any guesses who the winner would be?
In mid-April 2014, the UCT Tai Chi Club organised a five day long Martial Arts camp in the open fields of Malmesbury to bring together members of three different Martial Arts Clubs - Tai Chi, Tae Kwondo and Capoeira.
As sporting codes, they were not all that similar, the first being zen and non-confrontational, the second favouring quick and precise kicks and strikes, and the third challenging the laws of gravity and mirroring a cosmic dance. As art forms, however, they shared a common ethos based on the values of discipline, respect, humility and tolerance in the face of the ‘other’ or an imminent sign of danger. In fact, all three proved to be shape-shifters, transforming aggression into a force to deflect, absorb or re-direct elsewhere. For Tai Chi Coach, Peter Williamson, most of the arts gravitate around being centred, neither attacking nor withdrawing but going with the flow of a moving meditation.
FEZEKILE COKILE: At a glance, Andile Mapapu looks like your average student. He is 19 years old. He is in second year studying BPharm. For the purposes of our interview he invited me in his room at Chris Hani residence. Like any normal student, his room is a bit untidy. The bed has not been made up yet even though it is 1:30 pm. Books and papers litter the table. We sit down and he plays Rick Ross’ song ‘The Devil is a liar’ on his computer. “I listen to Hip Hop music, to artists like Drake, Kanye West and Rick Ross,” he says with a bright smile. Mapapu has reason to smile indeed. He recently won the Makana Bodybuilding Contest in the under 21 category and the Men’s overall contest. All of his trophies and medals are displayed on top of his bookcase. When asked if he expected to win the competition he says confidently that he believed he stood a chance. He had worked extremely hard three weeks prior to the competition by training six days a week, and going on a strict diet. His diet included dramatically increasing his protein intake.
STEPHEN HULME: For some, running 2km is more than enough. Others find 10km to be a good distance. There are still others who would happily run 21km. And then there are those who will settle for nothing less than a 56km ultra-marathon. But there is one elite group of runners who want to push the boundaries still further – the marathon costume runners.
LUCA KOTTON: The Wits Hockey Club are looking to do well in this year’s varsity hockey tournament, with the first leg starting on home turf tomorrow.
The tournament sees eight varsity teams competing in three rounds of fixtures in the Wits University set of matches before they move on to the next tournament.
Nicole O'Neill: “Crossfitters be like – what are gains?” “Crossfit? No thanks, we do real pull ups.” “My boyfriend lost his gains in Crossfit, and now I have a girlfriend.” These are some of the many jokes that can be heard in the banter between Crossfitters and non-Crossfitters – one of the many things I love about this unique, dynamic and community-based sport.
Laurie Scarborough: Pasty skinned, scrawny, face perpetually trained to the blue-ish hue of a computer screen, and always dressed in jeans and one-size-too-big t-shirts. Not really what comes to mind when you think of an athlete, but this is the stereotyped e-athlete.
The world of e-gaming will be unfamiliar to most people, but the field is a highly competitive and highly lucrative activity that many make a career out of.
Parusha Naidoo: It may seem ludicrous, even a little insane, to willingly walk into a room that’s set at a temperature of 40 degrees and the humidity at 40%. However, the true insanity is when you willingly spend 90 minutes in the very same room stretching every inch of your body... But there is method in the madness of hot yoga.
Saadiq Samodien: Don’t mess with a winning formula.
It seems that minister of Sports Fikile Mbalula does not understand this. He recently threatened to withdraw funds from sport teams if they do not fulfill the 60% black representational quota. This was made with particular reference to sports such as cricket, rugby, netball, athletics and soccer.