Sports Update 5 March 2018




On 3 March and 4 March TuksTennis hosted the 2018 leg of the Student Club Champs. The championship will continue on 10 March and the competition is open to all UP students.


A fall from grace?


The FNB Varsity Cup defending champions FNB Tuks have had a string of unwanted and surprising loses as they kicked off the defense of their title with a 19-17 home defeat to a plucky FNB Shimlas on 29 January. This was followed by a historic night in Johannesburg for the impressive FNB Wits outfit which recorded their first ever win over TuksRugby since the conception of the tournament.

Despite a valiant effort at the Danie Craven Stadium on a blustery Stellenbosch night, a gutsy UP-Tuks side slumped to their third successive defeat on 12 February, going down 24-16 to the men from the Cape. FNB Tuks also lost 23-13 to FNB Ikeys in round five.


Blue Bulls TuksRugby Academy 101

Caitlyn Walsh

Established to aid passionate rugby players, the Blue Bulls Tuks Rugby Academy promotes making a career out of rugby for those who love the sport. Perdeby interviewed Wynand Moolman, manager of the academy, to find out what the rugby academy can offer players.


What is the Blue Bulls TuksRugby Academy and why was it established?

The Blue Bulls TuksRugby Academy was established to use rugby to attract passionate rugby players to the University of Pretoria and the Blue Bulls Rugby Union. It was also established to develop and broaden the tal­ented pool of players for the Blue Bulls Rugby Union and [UP] in a well-structured rugby program.

The academy creates an environment where rugby can be used to teach [...] good habits on and off the rugby field. The academy may also use rugby to install morals and values in players.


How foods affect fitness

Caitlyn Walsh

Different foods can have a serious impact on your fitness and the well-being of your body. The body needs certain nutrients to increase fitness levels and to meet specific needs that your body requires in a physical workout. The muscles that you use in an exercise routine need nutrients that you supply through your diet, therefore one should avoid unhealthy foods and stick to wholesome nutrient filled meals.

According to the Fitness Genie, “proteins, vitamins, minerals, water, the lipids in fat and certain carbohydrates should be ingested daily”. Athletes that train hard each day should ingest more servings of carbohydrates with every meal. This is because carbohydrates are necessary to provide energy that the body needs during exercise workouts. Fitness Genie says, “healthy fats should also be ingested as they support the metabolism of the body and they help the body to absorb certain nutrients”. The website adds that the best place to source the lipids in fat would be through nuts, seeds and oils such as olive oil. Protein plays a key role in the building of muscles and should therefore be checked and eaten according to what activities you take part in daily as excess protein will be stored as fat


Inside TuksFencing with the Prague champion, Janali van den Berg

Ashley Magwindiri

Fencing allows you to develop flexibility and balance. It is also a mental sport that requires attention to speed and timing. Recently, a UP dentistry student won a fencing tournament in Prague. Perdeby had the pleasure of talking to Janali van den Berg about her fencing experience.


What initially drew you to Fencing?

I first started with Modern Pentathlon, but it is a very time con­suming sport thus I chose to further specialize in fencing.


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