TuksExploratio host annual 24-hour Everest Challenge


Climbers from various universities and climbing clubs took part in TuksExploratio’s annual Everest Challenge on 9 and 10 September. The event pitted teams of at least 12 climbers against one another, with the goal being to see which group could climb the equivalent height of Mount Everest (8803 metres) within a 24-hour period.

Going into the event, it was the TuksExploratio team who were looking to defend their title having won the 2016 challenge in a record 12 hours and 14 minutes. However, this year, they faced a tough challenge from the likes of Never Again, a team comprised of Wits alumni, Boulder Cave (a local bouldering club), as well as the team from NWU-Pukke.

Upon arrival, participants were notified that university security would unfortunately not allow the event to continue for the full 24-hours, and they instead would have to make do with just 12 hours of climbing time. This meant that any team hoping to reach Everest’s “summit” would need to do it in record time.


Sport Update 18 September 2017



Eight Assupol TuksCricket players took part in the #eKasiChallenge as part of the Multiply Titans, beating the Highveld Lions by 71 runs. TheMultiply Titans clinched the Momentum eKasi Challenge trophy by piling up 363 for eight in their 50 overs, dismissing the Highveld Lions for 292 in the 48th over. TuksCricket player Aiden Markham was Player of the Match.


TuksNetball bounce back at Varsity Netball


UP’s Rembrandt hall hosted the fourth and fifth round of the Varsity Netball competition on 10 and 11 September respectively. UP Tuks Netball started round four against Maties Netball and then blitzed past UJ Netball to a comfortable win i n round five of the competition.

Despite a shaky start to the competition, TuksNetball showed exactly why they made it to the final of the competition last year. The ladies started the competition well, with a 53-43 victory over UFS Kovsies Netball, but were outplayed by last year’s champions NWU Netball by 40 points to 34 in the second round.


TuksCheerleading: the secret behind UP’s sporting success


TuksCheerleading is best described as the unheralded backbone of TuksSport, and perhaps even as one of the fundamental pieces in the framework that has led to UP’s sporting success in recent years, including 2017. UP has achieved unparalleled levels of success in 2017 in the Varsity Rugby, Hockey, and Athletics tournaments, and the Tuks Cheerleaders have been present at all of them.


Sport, building a nation since 1995


There are very few things that possess the ability to bring people with different backgrounds together like sports. It is this ability to bring people together that has made sports one of the most effective tools in nation building. Sport creates the perfect environment for people to come together for a common goal and for a country as diverse as South Africa sport has promoted social cohesion, as well as national pride.


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