National Sport

Catching up with Springbok Nadine Roos

UP-Tuks women’s rugby player Nadine Roos has been captivating rugby audiences around the globe on the sevens circuit lately. Roos has won a number of trophies and individual accolades since her international debut earlier this year, and her finest hour came in the Roma Sevens Cup final against Kenya on 11 June. She gave a performance that onlookers will not soon forget after scoring two tries and converting five tries for a personal tally of 30 points to steer the team to a 40-0 victory.

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Running for those who can’t: Red Bull Wings for Life

On Sunday 8 May, 34 countries participated in the Red Bull Wings for Life World run with the motivation to “run for those who can’t”. SuperSport Park in Centurion played host to the South African runners who wished to join the event and enabled a number of UP students to take their place at the starting line in support of the cause.

All funds raised at the event, including 100% of the entry fee, were donated to Wings for Life Foundation with the goal of furthering research on spinal injuries to improve treatment and eventually find a cure. By the end of the day, over R120 million had been raised.

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SA sevens shine internationally

The SA Select women’s sevens rugby team became the first South African team in history to win the Hong Kong Sevens by beating France 14-7 in the final that took place on Friday 8 April. A team of twelve was sent to Hong Kong to compete, with six of these from UP-Tuks. UP student Nadine Roos had the crowd on their feet and led the team to victory after side stepping her opponent and passing to fellow UP student Marithy Pienaar, who collected and raced in from 40 metres out.

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Brutal Fruit Premier primer


The third edition of the Brutal Fruit Netball Premier League began on 8 April. This season will see ten national teams competing against one another over an eight week period (a change from the previous two-tier group stage) with Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban hosting. The league has been improving and has been credited with developing players who have the potential to represent their country and compete internationally. The league is currently one of the spotlight fixtures of women’s sport and is one of the few women’s leagues to be televised.

This season will prove to be crucial to players who hope to earn their place in the national team, as international tours such as those against Wales and Jamaica are being announced. Teams have been presented with the opportunity to consult with the national team coach, Norma Plummer, during the league. World Netball Federation president Molly Rhone will also be attending some of the matches during the tournament.

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Akani Simbine: South African Olympic hopeful

UP speedster Akani Simbine has broken the 100 m ten-second barrier for the third time in his career, running 9.96 s at the ASA Nite Series meeting in Pretoria on Tuesday 8 March. Having previously shared the South African record of 9.97 s with sprinting rival Henricho Bruintjies, Simbine will be pleased to claim the title as the country’s fastest 100 m sprinter for himself. With a personal best time that will certainly boost Olympic hopes, Simbine has been deemed the fastest 100 m athlete in the world so far this year.

Athletes in the 100 m sprint aspire to dipping below what many call the “magical ten-second barrier” at some point in their professional career. Once an athlete has achieved such an honour, they will find themselves ranked within an elite group of sprinters in the world. This dream first unfolded for Simbine last year when he ran 9.99 s at a meeting in Slovenia. He was soon overtaken by Bruintjies, who set a new South African record by shaving 0.02 s off of Simbine’s time. Simbine then equalled his competitor’s time at the World Student Games later that year in Gwangju, South Korea.

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