TuksSport host 2017 Colours and Awards


TuksSport held its official Colours and Awards ceremony at the Rembrandt Hall on LC de Villiers Sports Campus on 18 October. The event celebrated TuksSport’s unprecedented sporting success this year and honoured 368 athletes and their achievements.

Rower Kirsten McCann and 100m sprinter Akani Simbine won the main awards of the night as they were named Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year respectively.

Olympian rower McCann started off her spectacular year by winning gold at the SA Senior Champions in the Women’s Heavyweight Scull in April. She continued her winning streak by claiming gold at the World Rowing Cup III in Switzerland. McCann’s biggest success came in September when she won gold at the World Rowing Championships where she made history by becoming the first South African and African female rower to win an individual world title.


TuksSport’s 2017 outstanding performance: year in review


TuksSport is renowned throughout SA’s university sports landscape not only for its facilities, but for its consistent production of world class athletes across various sporting codes. With such a reputation comes the expectation of success, but few could have anticipated how successful 2017 would be. TukSport recorded tournament wins and successes in multiple sports including rugby, hockey, athletics and football.

TuksSport’s 2017 successes began with the Varsity Athletics tournament in March, with the team’s dominance in recent years continuing into 2017 as the athletes claimed yet another title. The series of meets that make up the Varsity Athletics season concluded on 31 March with Tuks amassing a gigantic 31 310 points to see off the challenge from NWU-Pukke who finished in a close second on 30 785 points.


UP student represents SA at UIPM Laser-Run World Championships


David Kabwa, a first year Political Science student represented South Africa at the Union Internationale de Pentathalone Moderne (UIPM) 2017 Laser-Run World Championships. The third annual leg of the relatively new sport was held in Cape Town on 14 and 15 October.

Kabwa competed in the Junior Male category. He came fifth in the individual race with a time of 16:45:00 and came first in the team laser-run race with fellow South Africans Neytwin Laminie and Gareth Voster. Their collective time was 46:18:00.


Alternative sports: Martial arts and TuksSport


Martial arts consist of various sports which largely originate from East Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea and China.

Furthermore, martial arts are characterised by high intensity self-defence and striking styles. Bridget Meso is a third year International Relations student who practices Karate at 3rd level brown belt. She admits that at the beginning of practicing for the first time, “the body will hurt”. However she added that the body will eventually become strong enough “to be able to absorb the pain”. Meso added that martial arts are practiced in a controlled environment, making extensive physical damage a rarity.

Martial arts are revered to have both physical and benefits on the body. Melissa Ferreira, a second year BA Language student practices Muay Thai at intermediate level.

Apart from it being means to control her weight, Ferreira added that “it is really good for peace of mind” as endorphins are released during practice.

Apart from Judo, which UP’s website categorises under “specialised clubs and individual participants”, TuksSport offers more forms of martial art as recreational activity. All martial arts training is offered at the LC de Villiers Sports Campus.


TuksSwimming claim seventh USSA title


In what has turned out to be an unparalleled year of success on the sports field for UP athletes of all disciplines, TuksSwimming have come to be the latest team to expand the University’s trophy cabinet for the year. Spanning the weekend of 22 to 24 September, the team claimed their seventh USSA title overall, in the latest instalment of the Universities Sport South Africa (USSA) swimming championship.

The Gala, which was hosted at the TuksSwimming pool, featured amongst others, young UP talents, Neil Fair and Tatjana Schoenmaker. Fair, having recently represented South Africa at the World Student Games in Taipei as well as at last year’s World Short Course Championships in Canada, was particularly tilted to perform at the tournament. It is then unsurprising that amongst the standout performers for the competition it was Fair who dominated the individual medley events. It was here where Fair claimed a total of six medals, winning both the men’s 200m and 400m races, as well as the 1500m freestyle further finishing second in the 100m and 200m backstroke events, and third in the 50m backstroke. Making the students achievements all the more impressive was Fair’s victory in the 400m individual medley, a new USSA-record with a clocked time of 4:36.09


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