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.
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.
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.
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.