TuksTaekwondo to perform at Open Day

TuksTaekwondo perform their annual demonstration on the Aula grass at 10:00 at UP’s Open Day. The club has taken to performing demonstrations every year at major UP interactive events. Perdeby spoke with the club chairperson of TuksTaekwondo, Mr Deran Naidoo, ahead of the Open Day to better understand the structure and the objectives for hosting the demonstration.


Five minutes with Coach Human

Coach Pote Human has a variety of achievements under his belt that include his work as the Blue Bulls Currie Cup Head Coach in the 2005/6 season and the Blue Bulls Super Rugby forward coach from 2005 to 2008. Since joining TuksRugby as head coach in 2013, he has played an integral role in leading UP to their incredible Varsity Cup Final win this year where they beat Stellenbosch University (Maties) with a solid 28-21 score line. Perdeby met up with Coach Human to discuss his successes of this year.


UP sports research institute continues to grow

The Institute for Sport, Exercise Medicine, and Lifestyle Research has continued to make developments in implementing, as Professor Martin Schwellnus (the director of the Institute) describes, “the hub of a big service centre for athletes”. It is a service centre whereby UP athletes and athletes from surrounding areas are able to consult with medical experts to receive assistance with sports medicine, and sport-related injuries and complications.

The Institute for Sport, Exercise Medicine, and Lifestyle Research, which was established in 2015 by UP, is an institution where research is conducted between the institution itself and its interdisciplinary and multi-faculty partners and affiliates. The institution aims to acquire more insight and knowledge in the field of sports medicine – particularly the adaptation to more healthy, nutritional lifestyles and practices, increased activity in sport and exercise, and the prevention of exercise induced injuries.


Simbine shines in Doha

Tuks track and field athlete, Akani Simbine, recently made history by becoming the first South African male to win gold at an IAAF Diamond League meeting. The 23-year-old won the men’s 100m sprint final in the first meeting of the 2017 IAAF Diamond League series in Doha, Qatar on 5 May.

Simbine was in sublime form as he managed to outcompete a track of established veterans. Included in this group of veterans were Justin Gatlin (2004 Olympic champion), Asafa Powell (former world record holder), and Andre de Grasse (2016 Olympic bronze medallist), who was left trailing in fifth place after Simbine’s blitz performance. Simbine quickened himself to the finish line in a sub-10 second time of 9.99 seconds to finish top of the podium.


TuksArchery Autumn Championships

TuksArchery will welcome archers from around the country to the TuksArchery Range on 3 and 4 June, when the club hosts their Annual Autumn Championship. The two-day tournament will fall within the provincial qualifying cycle.

The scores shot at the tournament count towards provincial and national colours. It is also the last opportunity in the year for archers to shoot qualification scores for inclusion into the gold squad, and subsequently receive invites to the Protea team trials ahead of the upcoming international World Cup event in Germany in August, the Senior World Championships in Mexico, and the Junior World Championships in Argentina.


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