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A new health and fitness initiative is emerging at the University of Pretoria and the surrounding Hatfield area in the form of the Move4Fitness boot camps. Move4Fitness is a student-driven project that was founded by UP students, Mphosi Matete and Donald Marrocane. The two are both in the final year of pursuing their degrees in Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.
Matete describes the movement as a way of encouraging fun health awareness. The boot camps, which have been taking place on Saturday mornings since 18 February at Urban 5occer, consist of a fitness-related session, a boot camp, and a dance session. During the fitness session, those taking part perform body weight exercises, sport sprints and burpees. Matete and Marrocane believe that you do not need a gym membership to stay fit and healthy.
This season has been a challenging one for AmaTuks. Inconsistent performances have seen them drop to 9th on the log in the National First Division. Out of 21 games, AmaTuks have won eight, drawn five and lost eight, which highlights their middle table position. This season AmaTuks have conceded more goals than they’ve scored, which seems to point to weaknesses in the defence that have hindered them.
The team looked promising when they handed log leaders, Thanda Royal Zulu, their only defeat of the season on 25 February. However, since then they have lost 3-2 to Real Kings and most recently 2-0 to Mbombela United, both teams being below them on the log. In their game against United, AmaTuks failed to take their chances as at least three attempts hit the frame of the goal rather than the back of the net.
KWAZI SOKHELA AND THORISO PHASHA
UP teenage sprint sensation, Gift Leotlela, exemplified his sprinting credentials in the men’s 100m final on 31 March in the final of the Varsity Athletics series. Spectators were disappointed when they found out that Leotlela’s fellow UP training partner, Thando Roto, had to withdraw from the race as a precaution due to a niggle he sustained in training.Leotlela went into the men’s 100m final undoubtedly as the favourite, and he did not disappoint as he ran a record equalling time.
UP won Varsity Athletics, although other universities gave them stern competition, which included impressive performances from individual athletes.
One of the most impressive performances of the night came from Letitia Janse van Vuuren in the women’s hammer throw final. Janse van Vuuren, from North-West University (Pukke) notched up an impressive distance of 62.37 metres to break her own Varsity Athletics record. She destroyed her nearest competition, UP’s Chene Coetzee by more than 10 metres – an astonishing feat in a field that was set to be one of the most competitive on the day. Janse van Vuuren came into the meeting in serious form after breaking the South African women’s hammer throw record with an impressive 63.82 metres at the Sasol-NWU International Senior Athletics meeting in Sasolburg last week.
On 31 March, athletes and spectators descended upon the University of Pretoria’s Athletic Stadium for the final meeting of the Varsity Athletics tournament. Among the many stand-out performances on the day, there were a few athletes in particular whose results may have piqued the interest of even the harshest critics. In the field events, men’s discus athlete, Patrick Duvenhage, won with a distance of 55.27 metres and shot-putter, Ruan Combrink, threw a personal best with a distance of 17.73 metres, beating his nearest competitor from UCT who had a distance of 16.76 metres.