USHENTA NAIDOO: Assupol Tuks faced Steinhoff Maties in the first South African Red Bull Campus Cricket finals. The three-match T20 tournament commenced on 8 April at the TuksCricket Oval.
SIMPHIWE NHLABATHI: Former UP-Tuks 1 lock Daniel Adongo has been playing for America’s National Football League side Indianapolis Colts since signing a one-year contract with them last year. The Kenyan, who spent a large part of his rugby career in South Africa, made the move after what he called “a series of emails” between him and the Colts.
MICHAEL REINDERS: Jetovator is a new water sport trending around the world. It combines a water bike and a jet ski, which allows you to fly into the sky.
The Jetovator is a small, bike-like vehicle which is propelled by water jets. The jet ski which is used with the Jetovator has a special Jetovator unit fitted onto it which replaces the jet ski pump. All the force of water goes forward into a single tube which goes into the bike to send the bike into the air. The main thrust goes out the back and then about 40% of the power will comes out of the handle bars. The rider then controls the bike in the same way that you would control a motorbike, except you do not control the throttle; this comes from the jet ski itself. The handle bars are used to control height and direction. The trick is to get your weight forward, as you cannot fall off the front of the Jetovator but only off of the back.
WILLIAM ALDRIDGE: The Cape Epic celebrated its tenth anniversary of the race this year. Arguably one of Africa’s most grueling mountain bike stage races, with eight days, 713km, and 14 850m of climbing, it’s not for the faint-hearted. The Epic attracts riders from 45 different countries and has 67% South African representation.
LAUREN NEUHOFF: In August 2013 House Humanities began an innovative community-based organisation called Tuks Raw Fit. Tuks Raw Fit offers fitness expertise, including group training classes and nutritional programmes geared at getting Tuks students to think about their lifestyle and how to consistently maintain it.
The idea came from Shaun Nortjie, who studied exercise science and is a teaching assistant and tutor at the International Institute for Sport Science and Fitness Training (IIFT). Nortjie is currently studying psychology. He took the idea to his acquaintance Mellissa Mlambo, who is doing her honours in international relations and is also the chairperson of House Humanities. Together the dynamic duo brought the idea of Tuks Raw Fit to life.
KHUMO MEKGWE: Stellenbosch University’s Maties beat Tuks 41-24 to end their Varsity Cup campaign leaving them sixth on the log in the seventh round of Varsity Cup.
After losing two home games in rainy conditions, Tuks had a strong first half in the match against Maties as they scored two converted tries. Maties fought back in the second half and scored five tries (four of which were converted) that earned them a bonus point and an away semi-final match.
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.
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.