Sport

5 minutes with Katlego Sotsaka

EMMANUEL OLUSEGUN

Perdeby sat down with TuksRowing Champion, Katlego Sotsaka, to discuss his history with the sport, as well as his thoughts on its future in SA, particularly on its potential popularity among black people.

 

How did you first get started in rowing? When I first started rowing, I initially joined because there wa s a girl I had a crush [on] who was doing it, so I decided I would pick it up as well. As time went on, I realised I really enjoyed rowing. I started rowing when I was in high school. I initially attended Willowridge High School, but then finished high school at St Albans. I was a rower for both of those schools. I then joined TuksRowing after high school. While training for the SA Junior Championships, James Thompson, who was part of the gold-medal winning 2012 Olympic rowing team, suggested that if I would like to pursue a rowing career I should come to Tuks.

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Maroela win Tuks Koshuis Rugby League

MICHELLE HARTZENBERG

On 29 August Maroela and Mopanie went-head-to-head in the final of the Tuks Koshuis Rugby League at the LC de Villiers stadium. Spectators were kept on the edge of their seats as the two teams battled it out in what seemed to be the most intense game of the season.

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Tshwane 10s returns for second year

 

LORINDA MARRIAN

On 25 and 26 August Harlequins Sports Club hosted the second Tshwane 10s tournament. The event, which can be characterised as a “social Olympics”, saw the average sport fan on the couch not only watch, but also play against their favourite sporting heroes in a variety of sporting disciplines. This included touch rugby, lawn bowls, soccer, dodgeball and netball.

The rugby tournament was the main event where a total of 108 games were played over the weekend. In order to ensure that both the professional and social players could participate safely and comfortably, the rugby was divided into various leagues that consisted of premier, veterans and invitational leagues. In the Premier 10s League, the Middleburg Old Boys came out on top after beating the Naka Bulle 37-12 in the final. In the Get Spaced Vets category, the star studded team Stor-age Legends, consisting of players such as EFC champion Garreth “Soldierboy” McLelland and former Springbok and Blue Bulls player Bakkies Botha, crushed the Gauteng Barbarians with a shocking 42-0 in the final.

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UP and SA athletes shine at World Student Games

EMMANUEL OLUSEGUN

The 29th World Student Games came to a conclusion on 30 August in Taipei City, Taiwan, with a number of South African athletes putting on some noteworthy performances. Team SA had male and female athletes and teams competing in nine different sporting disciplines including athletics, swimming, football, table tennis, waterpolo and badminton.

The UP athletes set the standards for their fellow participants early on in the competition, as swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker grabbed team SA’s first medal of the championship on 24 August, when she placed second in the women’s 200m Butterfly event, with a personal best time of 2:24:15, while Japan’s Kanako Watanbe claimed the gold, and Russia’s Mariia Temnikov made it onto the podium with a third place finish.

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The gender pay gap in sport

SAVANNAH PLASKITT

In 2015, then women’s tennis number one, Serena Williams earned half as much as the men’s number one, Novak Djokovic, even though both had won three Grand Slams. In 2016 the highest paid female footballer was Alex Morgan, who earned about $2.8 million while the highest paid male footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, earned more than $88 million.

The US men’s soccer team is ranked 26th in the world while the women’s US soccer team is ranked world number one. The women’s team also generated $20m more revenue last year than the men’s team, but were still paid significantly less than the men. This discrepancy is not an outlier in football as the sport has the largest pay gap. Winner of the Women’s Super League received no winnings but when Chelsea won the Premier League title last season they received £38m. In the Champions League men’s winners, Real Madrid were awarded £13.5m and women’s winner’s, Lyon were awarded just £219,920. In the World Cup the winning men’s team receives £35m compared to the £2m the winning women’s team receive. Golf and cricket also have a large gap between men’s and women’s winnings with male winners of The Open receiving £1.17 million compared to women’s £487,500, and cricket World Cup men’s winners receiving £3.1 million compared to women’s £470,500.

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