UP women’s hockey team prepares for an unforgettable season

Ashley Magwindiri

The hockey season is upon us, and many are looking forward to a thrilling season. Perdeby recently spoke to TuksHockey coach Inky Zondi about the upcoming season.


What moment last season were you most proud of your team?
We had a good first weekend in the competi­tion last year and the second weekend, we focused on securing a place in the semi-finals which we achieved. What many people do not know is that we had an abundance of logistical challenges on the actual day of the semi-finals (we arrived at the field with less than half the regular warm up time to go). We did, however, get on with it and won the semi-finals against Wits, which was a very tough encounter. My pride in the team could not have been higher in that moment.


What qualities make a person a good hockey player?
The willingness to give themselves into the team, environment and prioritising the good of the team above all else.


As a coach, how do you keep on motivating players and getting them to buy into their role on the team?
It is important to constantly communicate with all individuals, be crystal clear and honest about their role and value they can add to the team. This way they will know what they are commit­ting themselves to.


Trampoline’s up and down popularity as a sport at UP

Ashley Magwindiri

A trampoline is a recreational tool used for acrobatic training.UP offers a trampoline program that caters for beginner athletes and international athletes, from the age of four to the age of 60. The TuksTrampoline membership fee includes access to training facilities and association with the South African Gymnastics Federation.

According to Summer Olympic Sport, trampolines were developed in 1934 and were mainly used to train astronauts and as a training tool for other sports. TuksTrampoline coach Lucky Radebe said, “The trampoline was introduced by Helen van der Walt in the 90’s and was joined with Artistic Gymnastics.” In 2013, trampoline was separated from artistic gymnastics. Radebe said the growth of trampoline is often difficult as equipment is expensive and it has to be imported. However, the lack of a dedicated venue is the biggest problem for TuksTrampoline gymnasts. “The university try to accommodate the sport by making Groenkloof available but it is difficult [to train]when changes are done at short notice,” he said.

Radebe believes that in Africa trampoline is not that popular because it is mainly seen as a recreational activity. Trampoline made its debut as an Olympic sport in 2000 at the Sydney games where during each event trampolinists perform at least 10 different manoeuvres, with five judges scoring their efforts.


TuksVolleyball: hungry for more titles

Marren Mckay

TuksVolleyball’s women’s team recently competed in the Champion Cup Indoor Tournament at the University of Witswatersrand (Wits) and finished with a silver medal.

The final was a tight affair, showing ample effort from both UWC and UP’s volleyball teams. The match ended with a score of 15-13. In their pool games, UP beat TUT by 3-2 and Kamplits by 3-0. They later beat Uni Jozi in the quarter finals with 3-0, and Superkids with 3-0 in the semi-finals. UP’s Natasha Webster received an award as best setter, and Dina Kladis was appointed assistant coach for the South African women’s under-20s.

Kladis, who coached the team, said that she was satisfied with the final result and that they are on an “upward trend as far as indoor volleyball is concerned”.

By finishing with a silver medal, TuksVolleyball qualifies for the Classic Tournament which will be held in Durban in September and with R100 000 prize money up for offer, the stakes are high. Not only is TuksVolleyball working towards the Classic Tournament, but they also have their eyes set on winning the Zone 6 Tournament in December.


TuksSwimming Success: women strike gold

Caitlyn Walsh

Women have come a long way in sport. In terms of equality and gaining recognition, they have been successful. Considering recent sporting events, it can be said that TuksSwimming women are also dominating the swimming pool and gaining recognition for their achievements.

In the recent Commonwealth Games that were held in the Gold Coast, TuksSwimmer, Tatjana Schoenmaker, achieved great victory. Schoenmaker won two gold medals in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke events within an African record time of 2.22.02. According to Sport24, Schoenmaker did not expect to “clock such a good time”. She won South Africa’s fourth gold medal. Schoenmaker’s coach is club manager of the TuksSwimming team, Rocco Meiring.

Another accomplished TuksSwimmer is Christin Mundell. Mundell took part in the South African Senior Swimming Championships which was held in Port Elizabeth. The championships were held at the end of April. 16-year-old Mundell came second in the 100m and 200m breaststroke winning her two silver medals. She also placed third in the 50m breaststroke earning her a bronze medal, and she placed first in the 200m individual medley. Due to her her success, Mundell qualified for three events in the Youth Olympic games. Mundell also accomplished victory at the South African Age Group Championships by winning six gold medals in the 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke, 200m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, 200m freestyle and the 400m freestyle. She has now qualified in all 6 events for the upcoming Youth Games. Mundell started swimming competitively at the early age of ten. When she turned twelve, she moved to the TuksSwimming team where she has been trained by the coach, Rocco Meiring.


From cricket to rugby with Shania-Lee Swart

Ashley Magwindiri

Shania-Lee Swart is a UP athlete who made headlines at a Mpumalanga versus Eastern Gauteng cricket game in 2016, after being the only player who managed to score runs for her team. This incredible feat made her feature in the Guinness Book of World Records. Swart recently tried out rugby, and all her coaches had positive feedback. Speaking to Perdeby, Swart gave some insight on how she juggles all the sports, and still manage to stay on top.


What motivated you to go for rugby?
My mother motivated me, she received a WhatsApp message from coach Riaan with all the information. Coach Riaan made it sound so awesome. So, my mom said, “Go to a practice session and if you don’t like it, then you don’t have to ask yourself in the future what if?” Well, here I am playing rugby and loving every moment. My dad was a great rugby player, he played for Suid Oos, now known as Pumas.


You hold a good cricket record, how have you managed to stay on top of the game?
I think my love and passion for cricket kept me on top and a lot of hard work every week. I have to say the encouragement from all my supporters around the world made me want to do even better.


Your first rugby game was on 19 March 2018, do you plan on continuing with rugby? If yes, what are your goals?
Yes, I do, my goals are to run out on the field one day wearing [...] green and gold representing South Africa, and to always win the TuksRugby matches.


You are also a hockey player, and you are involved in shot put and javelin. Can you share the secret behind being a multi talented athlete?
Self-discipline and hard work. You must believe in yourself and most important[ly], have passion and heart. The above plays a big role in your success to the top.


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