Female athletes continue to break gender barriers


In a world primarily perceived through an androcentric (male centred) view point, it is women in sport who particularly face the enduring challenge of overcoming unwanted designated categories, stigmas and biased criticisms. Women are seen as less competent and fitted to participate in many sports much of the time, whereas men’s sports, ranging all disciplines and codes, are typically more widely accepted. In South Africa, particularly, it is men’s rugby and football that receive more marketing, attention and funding than women’s teams participating in the same sports.

This is largely due to the stigma that has been attached to women’s sports ever since the ‘Heraean Games’ in sixth century BCE became the first ever recorded women’s athletic competition. This is then unfortunately further perpetuated through a lack of media coverage of women’s sport, which encourages gender stereotypes and heteronormativity (the attitude that heterosexuality is the only normal and natural expression of sexuality).


Sport Update


Varsity Football:

The fifth round of Varsity Football kicked off last week Thursday. Tuks beat a ten man Wits team 4-0 at the Tuks Stadium. Two of the four goals came from Man of the Match Odwa Mawon, with Best Shot Award winner Claudio Almeida and Frank Mpedi adding the rest. Elsewhere, CUT (Central University of Technology) beat NWU (North West University) 2-1, while UJ beat University of Fort Hare 3-0.


TuksVolleyball carry on despite hardships


2017 has so far been a highly successful year for sports clubs at UP. Among those which have experienced and accumulated success in recent times is TuksVolleyball. In 2016, the club experienced success on the Beach Volleyball scene, claiming silver in the women’s Varsity Sport Beach Volleyball Tournament, as well as presenting both male and female athletes to represent the u/23 Gauteng Beach Volleyball team. On the indoor court, however, is where players from the club experienced the most success. In the USSA (University Sports South Africa) tournament, the women’s team came second, falling just short to UWC (University of the Western Cape) in the final with a score of 33-29. At the Tshwane Volleyball indoor league, both the men’s and women’s teams claimed gold, while the women went on to win bronze at the National Club Championships.


House Education hosts fitness camp


House Education recently wrapped up its four-week long fitness camp held at the Groenkloof sports fields between 19 July and 19 August. Boniswa Tele, Vice-Chairperson of House Education, said the faculty house “needed a fun project that they could do for the students”. Tele also added that they ran with the idea of a four-week long fitness regime as it would have more of an impact on students as opposed to a one day sporting event.

The free event was hosted on Monday and Wednesday evenings and targeted Groenkloof res students, although, with a payment of R30 a session, the larger UP student body was also allowed access to the programme on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Those two evenings were also open to Groenkloof res students for “additional support” with the programme, Tele added.


Five minutes with TuksCycling


As UP’s premier cycling club, TuksCycling offers students the opportunity to be part of the university’s cycling community. Perdeby recently contacted club chairman Sean Attridge to discuss the club’s current activities, student membership, and plans for the future.


For the readers who do not know much about TuksCycling, tell us more about the club.

TuksCycling is the official cycling club of the University of Pretoria. We have two main branches to our club, the club and group riding side as well as the racing side. Both are instrumental in the success of the club as a whole. The main function of the club is to bring people together to ride their bikes and have fun doing it.


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