Tuks Sport

Interview with UP archer: Shaun Anderson

Marren Mckay

Shaun Anderson, also known as “The One-Armed Bandit”, has competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics, Commonwealth Games, IFA and numerous other note-worthy events. In the last few years, Anderson has overcome losing an arm and was also paralyzed from the waist down in October, 2017. However, he refuses to let that slow him down and he continuously strives for greatness. When asked who inspires him, Anderson immediately mentions Francois Pienaar, retired Springbok captain, known as the man who brought the team together.

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TuksWrestling: gold medallist Edrich Nortje

Caitlyn Walsh

TuksWrestling’s gold medallist, Edrich Nortje, met with Perdeby to discuss his experience in wrestling, a sport he has been pursuing since six years old.


What has been your greatest achievement in the sport?
Although I have 15 national titles, and a nineth placement on the cadet (0/17) World Championships in Athens, Greece last year, I have two African championships titles. I won the cadet African Championships last year in Marrakesh, Morocco. I am currently 0/18 and I won the Junior (0/20) African championships earlier this year in Port Harcourt, Nigeria which I see as my greatest achievement. I am the second person from South Africa to win the Junior African Championships at the age of 18.


What has been your most challenging competition?
My toughest competition was this year’s African championships, especially the Algerian to whom I lost my first match, but later wrestled again in the finals. I then came out victorious by pinning him after leading with a score of 4-4.


What keeps you motivated to push through tough times that you may experience in wrestling?
My Olympic goal. I’m planning to qualify for the 2024 Olympics and everything I do is to prepare myself for [the] Olympic Games.


When do you train and what do your training sessions involve?
I go to the gym three times a week, practicing a strength program my coach gave me. I jog often, and go to wrestling practice [from] Tuesdays to Thursdays to improve my technique. I also attend wrestling camps that are held regularly over weekends where we focus on conditioning.


What do you consider to be the best aspect of wrestling?
The mental durability, and the physical development that I experience. Wrestling also teaches dedication and persistence.

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TuksCycling takes on Zwartkop Raceway with Ruben van der Merwe

Ntokozo Zondo

TuksCycling participated in the Zwartkop Raceway over the weekend on 18 March. The club sent members to compete in the event; Ruben van der Merwe, Johan Jooste and Andries Nigrini. van der Merwe sat down with Perdeby to discuss the event, training and the mental aspect of cycling.


What is the Zwartkop event and how does competing in it benefit club members?
The event is a criterium race, which is a race of multiple laps that amount to a 1km course for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, a bell goes off for one last lap to determine the winner. Points are accu­mulated after a few races to determine the overall winner. Cornering and bike handling plays a large part of the race, therefore requiring a great deal of technical skills therefore benefiting the members by improving their bike handling and cornering confidence.


What is your training regime and how do different competitions affect your training technique?
About a year ago I started working with a coach, Jaco Ferreira, who I give my events and my goals to. [Among other things], he will use my stats from my training, heart rate, power to provide me with an analysed program to prepare for the events and to improve my weaknesses for these specific events.


How do you mentally prepare yourself for the challenges you face while competing?
For me, mindset is everything in this sport. There’s always the risk of facing challenges like misreading a situation and ultimately getting dropped by the bunch. But there’s also always a next race. I prepare for challenges by accepting them. I tell myself that for the next 3-4 hours I’m going to experience extreme suffering and push my limits. Time passes quickly in a race but the feeling of regret and giving up lasts a lot longer than just pushing yourself for those few hours.

One might have more talent or skills then you do, but if you can push yourself a little further and harder over one more climb while others give up, you get closer to your goal. It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.

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Meet TuksCheerleading

Caitlyn Walsh

Perdeby interviewed leaders of TuksCheerleading, Unathi Jofile and Nkosingiphile Mncube, to get an understanding of TuksCheerleading and why they consider it to be an excellent sport to participate in.


What can TuksCheerleading offer those who are interested?
TuksCheerleading can offer [you] a sense of purpose, a healthy mind and body, as well as a chance to meet new people and make new friends.


How can you become a part of TuksCheerleading?
To be a part of TuksCheerleading, you would have to attend the try-outs which are usually at the beginning of each semester. The dates are published on the TuksCheerleading webpage and there are also posters around campus to inform people of the try-out dates. Alterna­tively, [you] could contact either myself or the captain, Unathi Jofile.


What does TuksCheerleading entail?
TuksCheerleading is focused not only on the team, but also on the individual. We believe that if one falls, the rest of the team follows, and if one rises, the rest of the team follows suit. With this, we focus on building each athlete up in whatever way possible. When an athlete either wants to learn a skill or is struggling with one, we put our heads together to think of a solution to help better that athlete and keep encouraging them. When that athlete finally learns that skill, we celebrate as a team.

With that being said, when we need to get things done, we work as a team and we work hard at whatever it is that we need to accomplish. We encourage each athlete to realise their potential, and in so doing, we further the potential and success of the team. We are one team, but a team made up of individuals who have individual strengths and weaknesses, and we use this knowledge and fact to build up the team.


Can TuksCheerleading benefit [you] physically (and in terms of health), and if so, how?
TuksCheerleading, as with any other physical sport, has many physical benefits. In addition to building a strong body, exercise can also play a vital part in [your] mental and psycho­logical abilities. I speak from personal experi­ence when I say that exercise can help [you] to focus and to regulate [your] mood, especially as a student [when you have] such mentally and psychologically demanding schedules. As the Latin phrase goes, “mens sana in corpore sano”, which translates to, “a healthy mind in a healthy body”.

Read more: Meet TuksCheerleading

Sports Update 5 March 2018




On 3 March and 4 March TuksTennis hosted the 2018 leg of the Student Club Champs. The championship will continue on 10 March and the competition is open to all UP students.

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