Sport

HPC produces SA’s biggest talent

 

LORINDA MARRIAN
University sport is now in full swing, and High Performance Centre (HPC) athletes such as Akani Simbane have already shown off their incredible talent. HPC is the first South African elite performance sports facility, and has been active since its launch in 2002.

The Centre offers world-class training facilities that include five gymnastic halls, six rugby fields, an athletic tartan track, and a fitness gym. The Centre also offers medical and nutritional support and employs various Sport Science staff to assist their athletes. The HPC established the TuksSport High School to develop young athletes so that they can fulfil their sporting goals, while providing them with quality education.

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Steenkamp makes triumphant comeback

THORISO PHASHA
UP 100m hurdler Rikenette Steenkamp recently made a heroic comeback from the sidelines after struggling with a recurring foot problem. Steenkamp was sidelined after undergoing surgery to remove an extra bone in her foot that had been causing her discomfort for quite some time, preventing her from running. She went through rigorous rehabilitation and hard training to return to the track, and this culminated in Steenkamp running a Varsity Athletics record time of 13.24s at the Varsity Athletics meeting in Potchefstroom on Friday, 3 March. Steenkamp spoke to Perdeby about the long journey back.

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Heinrich Klaasen called up by the Proteas

CHAD JOHNSTON
Multiply Titans and former Assupol TuksCricket wicket-keeper batsman Heinrich Klaasen has been called up to the Proteas test squad for the three-match test series against New Zealand, which gets underway in a few days. The call-up comes after an impressive domestic season that saw him finish seventh on the run-scoring charts in the Sunfoil series with 635 runs at an average of 48.84, including a season-best high score of 195 against the Dolphins in Pietermaritzburg.

Klaasen has built a successful domestic career with 3 140 runs and an overall average of 49.06. He has become a mainstay in the Multiply Titans set up and a key link in their batting line-up. He has received praise from the likes of the Powerade National Academy coach, Shukri Conrad, who said that the young wicket-keeper batsman could develop into “South Africa’s very own M.S Dhoni”. Former Head of the Assupol TuksCricket programme, Pierre de Bruyn, compared Klaasen to Adam Gilchrist with the bat and praised his keeping skills saying that “he has great hands and reach”.

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UP athletes perform in Potch and Pretoria

KWAZI SOKHELA
From 3 to 4 March, athletes from the University of Pretoria descended upon Potchefstroom and Pretoria for the 2017 Varsity Athletics and an Athletics Gauteng North (AGN) meeting. It was a weekend where several athletes enjoyed success and displayed record-breaking performances.

On 3 March at North-West University, the fifth instalment of Varsity Athletics kicked off. UP enjoyed a fruitful campaign in the first instalment of the 2017 Varsity Athletics action. They currently find themselves top of the standings with a points tally of 15 604 in Division A of the competition, in which seven other universities feature and compete, while four other universities compete in Division B.

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Shell Eco-Marathon returns to SA

KWAZI SOKHELA

Shell South Africa, a subsidiary of the multinational oil and gas company and the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) School of Electrical Engineering will once again collaborate in hosting another instalment of the Shell Eco-Marathon in Africa this year. Shell South Africa and UJ are inviting students from the Univer­sity of Pretoria who have a passion for ingenuity and innovation of cutting edge efficient technology to register a team, and possibly compete in the 2017 edition of this event, which is set to take place from 20 to 22 of October at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria West.

The Shell Eco-Marathon is a global initiative with events that occur annually in regions including Asia, the Americas and Europe. The project attempts to encourage young engineers to invent new forms of energy which could ultimately shape and revolutionise transport in the future. The aim of this initiative by Shell is to “challenge high school and university students to design, build, test and drive the most energy efficient vehicle”, therefore creating a platform for young, passionate Engineering students and enthusiasts to showcase and exhibit their fresh, new ideas regarding efficient energy against some of the best young minds on the African continent.

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