UP wins Varsity Athletics 2017

On 31 March, the final leg of Varsity Athletics 2017 was hosted at UP’s newly renovated Bestmed TuksAthletics Stadium. The evening started off with near perfect conditions and saw some of South Africa’s best university athletes descend on Pretoria to compete for the title of Varsity Athletics Champions. UP entered as favourites to win the A division, as they had previously won the first leg of the tournament hosted in Potchefstroom early this month. UP athletes had to work hard for the win and faced stiff competition from the likes of Letitia Janese van Vuuren, from North-West University (Pukke). She broke her own Varsity Athletics hammer throw record at 62.37 metres, and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Madiba) student Garth Ellis broke the Varsity Athletics record when he jumped an incredible 2.12 metres in the men’s high jump.


Chris Massyn’s Varsity Cup aspirations

UP has enjoyed a favourable campaign thus far in the 2017 season of Varsity Cup rugby, winning seven out of eight matches with six bonus points, and a massive aggregate of 225 points. Apart from the solitary loss to the University of Johannesburg in round 4, UP has looked like the most menacing side in this year’s Varsity Cup. UP recently beat the North-West University (NWU Pukke) in round 8 of the tournament to ensure a home semi-final, and quite possibly set up a home final on 17 April should things go according to plan. Perdeby got in touch with Chris Massyn, TuksRugby’s captain, to get his thoughts and projections for the remainder of the season.


The Move4Fitness movement

A new health and fitness initiative is emerging at the University of Pretoria and the surrounding Hatfield area in the form of the Move4Fitness boot camps. Move4Fitness is a student-driven project that was founded by UP students, Mphosi Matete and Donald Marrocane. The two are both in the final year of pursuing their degrees in Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.

Matete describes the movement as a way of encouraging fun health awareness. The boot camps, which have been taking place on Saturday mornings since 18 February at Urban 5occer, consist of a fitness-related session, a boot camp, and a dance session. During the fitness session, those taking part perform body weight exercises, sport sprints and burpees. Matete and Marrocane believe that you do not need a gym membership to stay fit and healthy.


AmaTuks season review

This season has been a challenging one for AmaTuks. Inconsistent performances have seen them drop to 9th on the log in the National First Division. Out of 21 games, AmaTuks have won eight, drawn five and lost eight, which highlights their middle table position. This season AmaTuks have conceded more goals than they’ve scored, which seems to point to weaknesses in the defence that have hindered them.

The team looked promising when they handed log leaders, Thanda Royal Zulu, their only defeat of the season on 25 February. However, since then they have lost 3-2 to Real Kings and most recently 2-0 to Mbombela United, both teams being below them on the log. In their game against United, AmaTuks failed to take their chances as at least three attempts hit the frame of the goal rather than the back of the net.


Leotlela wins again

UP teenage sprint sensation, Gift Leotlela, exemplified his sprinting credentials in the men’s 100m final on 31 March in the final of the Varsity Athletics series. Spectators were disappointed when they found out that Leotlela’s fellow UP training partner, Thando Roto, had to withdraw from the race as a precaution due to a niggle he sustained in training.Leotlela went into the men’s 100m final undoubtedly as the favourite, and he did not disappoint as he ran a record equalling time.


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