TuksCycling takes on Zwartkop Raceway with Ruben van der Merwe

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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.


Catching up with TuksTennis

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TuksTennis recently hosted their student tennis championships at the TuksTennis Courts. Perdeby sat down with Kyla Yelverton, the TuksTennis chairperson, to find out more about the tournament and the team’s plans and aspirations. Yelverton described the championships as a “full on tennis tournament with proper draws and seedings in which all players who wish to be a part of the student team enter.” Yelverton added that the championships help assist the club in ordering players according to rank and ability.


What objectives do the club have for the upcoming tennis season?
Last year we came very close to winning USSA by losing 7.6 to Kovsies in the final. This year we are out for gold and not silver. As a club we aim [to win] the Sun City Intervarsity challenge coming up in April, the USSA Tennis tournament coming up in July, as well as excelling and going for gold in our Gauteng North Leagues.


South African cricket: a look through history

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South African cricket has a compelling and long history. This history can be divided into three eras; pre-apartheid era, apartheid era and post-apartheid era.

South African cricket has always been shadowed by racial lines, the earliest instance being Armien “Krom” Hendricks, a coloured cricketer during the 1890s who was prohibited from playing on the national and international team. Hendricks came into prominence during the Malay XVIII against the touring MCC side led by Walter Read at Newlands on March 22 and 23. According to ESPN, “The game in which Hendricks first came to prominence in 1892 was the only time a touring side played a non-white team until the end of the apartheid era.” South Africa’s provinces were asked to send nominations for the 1894 tour of England, and Hendricks was included in the Transvaal and Western Province selections. However, William Milton, the second test series captain at the time, thought that it would be improper to have him represent the team internationally. While a compromise was reached to allow Hendricks to accompany the team in the official capacity as a bag master, the idea was dismissed by Hendricks who told Cape Times, ”I would not think of going in that capacity.”


Liquid Telecom Athletix Grand Prix Series in full speed

Keegan Sullivan

On 8 March, the TuksAthletics Stadium hosted some of the finest international athletes at the second meeting. Athletes from nine different countries took to the track and field in search of glory with fans licking their lips at the rare chance to see some of the world’s best athletes. Athletic heavyweights Justin Gatlin (USA), Nicholas Bett (Kenya), George Manangoi (Kenya), Isaac Makwala (Botswana) and Joshua Cheptegei (Uganda) aimed to showcase their talents on South African shores. Competing alongside these world superstars were numerous Tuks athletes as well as athletes from various other athletics clubs and universities. Many of the big name athletes competing were hoping to use this event as part of their preparation for the commonwealth games due to take part in Gold Coast, Australia. This was the case with Tuks athlete Wenda Nel as she cruised to victory in the 400m hurdles with a time of 0:55.31. However, it was Zeney Van Der Walt who placed second who had everyone talking. The 17 year-old Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool athlete posted an impressive time of 0:56.29 with many feeling they were witnessing the birth of South Africa’s next track superstar.


Are dancers artists or athletes?

Caitlyn Walsh
Often, the question that arises is whether dance should be considered as a physical activity or whether it should be considered as pure cultural expression. Oxford Dictionaries define art as the application of a “creative skill” to produce a visual image that is satisfying to look at or that invokes emotion. Sport, on the other hand, is considered to be a physical activity for individuals or teams, that can also be a source of entertainment and competition.

Both of these definitions fit the idea of dancing, as dance is a form of expression used to invoke emotion and displays a satisfying visual, while it also requires large amounts of physical exertion.

According to the Royal Opera House, some may argue that the definition lies in the reasoning behind why individuals participate in dance. The decision to do so is the cause of the differentiation between sport and dance. The website also adds that many believe that the point of sport, and the physical exertion it requires, is ultimately to win whatever sporting event is being participated in. The point of dancing, however, is to express one’s self in a creative manner with physical activity and exertion. This idea is questionable, as many dancers partake in dance competitions with a purpose to crown a winner.


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