Adriana Georgiades: Former Rhodes student Natalie Ann Ross won a gold medal in the World Duathlon Championships in Ottawa, Canada over the weekend of 10/11 August. Her winning time was 02:13:55, over 5 minutes faster than the second competitor. Natalie competed in the category females aged between 20 and 24.
Ashleigh Morris: South African, Daryl Impey, became the first African to wear the famous yellow jersey in the Tour de France on Thursday, 4 July.
“To wear the yellow jersey at the 100th edition of the Tour de France is just a dream come true,” said Impey.
Caro Malherbe: A group of students and staff has been working with planning teams to make Wits more bicycle-friendly – not only to improve the critical parking problems, but to lessen traffic congestion and fuel pollution too.
Called Cycle Wits, the initiative was founded by Nicky Falkhof, a senior media lecturer. She and a group of friends, mostly international students and staff, were concerned about the major parking and transport problems at Wits. They hope to encourage Witsies to cycle to campus.
Nicholas Walker: Three UCT students had the ultimate honour of representing an SA men’s water polo team in a closely fought tie against the USA Olympic side on Saturday, March 23rd.
UCT Rowing Club retained its title as USSA Rowing Sprints Regatta Champions at the Vanderkloof Dam in the Northern Cape over the vacation.
The rise and disgraceful fall of sport stars has not been uncommon in my lifetime. One never, however, finds a star that is able to regain their position at the top of the food-chain following their fall from grace.
Did I say “never”? Perhaps “very rarely” is more appropriate after Tiger Woods has defied the odds and done just that.
Liesl Frankson: Wits played host to the opening of the Gauteng Volleyball Union League this weekend but lost their first match against the Vaal University of Technology (VUT).
The activities started off at lunch with the Wits woman’s volleyball team taking on VUT. The girls showed good form and fought hard with Zinhle Kunene injuring her knee in the process. However this was all to no avail as the Wits side lost all sets giving VUT a 3-0 victory.
The club has seen a steady increase of female members over the years. Coach Tando Melapi said he has seen membership numbers of women increase dramatically to 200 from only 13 when the club started in 1998.