Staying healthy in winter

Cold weather almost always brings with it an insatiable desire to remain indoors as long as possible. Early morning runs and gym sessions tend to be fewer and far between during the winter months. This time of year does not only come with more hours being spent indoors, but also more food being consumed. A study by cardiologist, Judith Ockene, found that the average person tends to eat almost 86 calories more per day during colder seasons than warmer ones. This increased intake of food (often cheaper and unhealthy food when it comes to the average student on a budget) coupled with inactivity does not bode well for our health. So what can be done to beat the slump? Here are some tips to help you stay healthy this winter.


A history of Varsity Sports

Varsity Sports has fast become the premier stage for inter-varsity based competition in South Africa. Consisting of several sporting codes, Varsity Sports has provided a platform for young sportspeople to showcase their talent and an opportunity to launch their professional sporting careers.

Varsity Sports, which is facilitated by Advent Sport Entertainment and Media (ASEM) in collaboration with the University Sports Company (USC), has served as a great source of entertainment and has garnered much popularity from students throughout the country with its unconventional and innovative rules.


Varsity Hockey returns

The fifth edition of the Varsity Hockey competition has been underway since 5 May. The thought on everyone’s mind, coming into the opening weekend in Stellenbosch, was whether the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) women would emulate their men’s team from 2016, and claim a consecutive Varsity Hockey title in the latest instalment of the competition.

Ever since the inaugural women’s tournament in 2013, the competition has operated on a biennial basis, whereby women and men alternate years in which they compete in the competition. The women’s team from the University of Stellenbosch (Maties) won the tournament in 2013, but since UJ has claimed the remaining three titles on offer, with their women’s team’s single 2015 triumph sandwiched between their men’s consecutive triumphs in 2014 and 2016.


Former UP players leave their mark on Super Rugby


The University of Pretoria is setting a trend in their contribution to producing young and fresh rugby players who have gone on to compete in the professional rugby scene in South Africa. This is evident from the number of previous UP-players that currently feature for the Blue Bulls team in the 2017 Super Rugby season.

Warrick Gelant

Gelant played for UP in the 2014 Varsity Cup campaign and is tipped as an exciting prospect for the future with his ability to identify and create space and draw in the opposition’s’ defence in offensive play. The fullback has SA sevens rugby experience under his belt and was selected to play for the Junior Springboks in the 2014 IRB Junior World Championships and the 2015 World Rugby under-20 Championships. Gelant’s talent further emerged on the rugby scene with his impressive displays in the 2015 Currie Cup. Gelant’s 2016 season was hampered with injuries, however he has managed to successfully recover and will be looking to establish himself in the Blue Bulls starting line up


TuksCricket thrives in 2017

2017 has proven to be quite a successful year for Assupol TuksCricket. The year began with the club’s participation in the annual Varsity Cricket competition. With various other campus teams raising their levels, the tournament was shaping up to be one of the toughest yet.

Despite a difficult start with a loss against the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in Potchefstroom on 31 January, the players were galvanised as they responded with an emphatic 102-run victory against the University of Cape Town (UCT) in Potchefstroom the following day. What followed was an equally impressive 7-wicket win against the University of the Free State (UFS). Their next match against Stellenbosch proved to be a tighter affair. However the players’ class and experience saw them push through, winning marginally by 2 wickets. Assupol TuksCricket’s dominance at the tournament continued with a 35-run victory over Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), which set up an intriguing semi-final clash against fellow contenders Stellenbosch. A second consecutive win against their rivals saw TuksCricket face North-West University (NWU) in the final.


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