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The Varsity MTB Challenge, an annual two-day mountain bike race took place in Franschhoek, Western Cape from 1-2 October 2016. University of Stellenbosch (Maties), the University of Cape Town (UCT), North-West University, Potchefstroom (NWU-Pukke), Nelson Mandel Metropolitan University (Madibaz), University of the Free State (Kovsies) and UP-Tuks competed for the podium and the chance to earn the title of top mountain biking university. After each day, the top team in each category received R1 000 and the winners in the Grand Challenge received R2l000 prize money.
The season change has led to the inevitable annual frenzy that fills up gyms. On 3 September students and the public alike congregated in the name of fitness and in the pursuit of a summer body to partake in the Spring Break Aerobics Marathon. The focus was to have fun and to love the body in all its forms while getting fit.
THANDO CELE AND THORISO PHASHA
The UP women’s sevens team took part in two friendly matches on 3 September at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). A number of new players were given the opportunity to play in the games as the UP athletes hoped to increase the stature and popularity of the sport among women, as part of their preparation for the USSA tournament in Margate on 24 September.
UP are the defending champions of USSA, and it showed as they scored two convincing 68-0 and 52-0 wins against UJ and Wanderers, respectively. These performances served as stepping stones in the right direction as the UP-Tuks women hope to defend their title on Heritage Day. Perdeby caught up with Tuks’ captain Scherren Long and gathered her thoughts, general opinions and perspectives on the weekend and looking forward.
The Premier Hockey League (PHL) is South African hockey’s newest hockey competition, with a format that’s been created to transform the sport in the country.
From an interest, participation and performance perspective, the PHL will be the first hockey competition to place both men and women on equal footing in terms of coverage and remuneration. It will form a key part of the South African Hockey Association’s (SAHA) high performance pipeline which is aimed at better equipping South Africa’s national men’s and women’s teams for international competition.
THORISO PHASHA AND CARLI-ANN FURNO
The two-day first round of the Flying Fish Beach Volleyball tournament kicked off on Friday 27 August on UP’s LC de Villiers campus. UP was unable to make the final in what is the first of eight rounds.
Gershon Rorich, director of Beach Volleyball SA, was pleased with the outcome of the event, saying “Tuks is a great venue. We’ve had two years in a row now at Tuks, and we haven’t been disappointed.”
First place went to the men’s duo Leo Williams and Grant Goldschmidt, who were able to defend their title at the Flying Fish Beach Volleyball Pretoria tournament when they beat Colin Pocock and Casey Augoustides, who came second.
The female team of Lianne Vink and Dieke Hessels were disappointed when they were unable to defend their title, and were overtaken by Martina Bonnerova and Palesa Masinga. UP’s Nicky Wenhold and her partner Margrit Springer made it to the quarter finals.
Perdeby spoke with Wenhold to gain insight into her experience.