Dear Club Secretaries
Trust that all Central Gauteng Athletics members are well and safe during the Nationwide lockdown.
1. Safe Returning to Club Activities
Following the recent announcement regarding the adjustment of lockdown restrictions to Alert level 2 and the Sports and Recreation gazette published on the 28 August 2020 by Minister of Sports and Recreation Nathi Mthethwa. Central Gauteng Athletics has studied this and in consultation with Athletics South Africa club activities such as club training and time trials may resume under strict protocols and safety guidelines. Clubs are requested to adhere to the gathering regulations of people not exceeding 50. We are finalising the guidelines document which we will be sharing with clubs as soon as it is concluded
We have also noted that the safety of runners when training has been compromised as a result of a rise in crime. We, therefore, request clubs to ensure the safety of runners by identifying safe routes for club runs and other club activities.
2. Approved Virtual Race Participation
Under the current alert level, competitions and races are still not allowed. We however working on a plan and engaging ASA on a plan to allow elite runners’ competition within the current regulations. More information on this plan will be communicated once we receive a go-ahead from Athletics South Africa and the government on the possibility of hosting these elite competitions.
ASA circulate 34 clearly cautions members from taking part in unsanctioned virtual races. It is important that we remind clubs that virtual races that are not approved have negative implications to runners which includes invalidating the athlete’s insurance cover. We, therefore, request that you inform your members about this as we participate in the virtual race. We have attached the list of approved 2020 CGA Virtual races for easy reference.
3. CGA Online Registration System
We request that clubs continue to request athletes to register on the CGA online Athlete Registration System. This system will make the licensing process as smooth as possible for both CGA administration and clubs. Therefore please ensure that your club and athletes are registered on the system.
We would like to thank the clubs that have registered on the CGA Athlete Registration system. As part of the athlete insurance it is very critical that Athletes are registered on the system and athlete registration forms are uploaded (this is important for insurance purposes).
The website address is www.cgaonline.co.za. Club chairperson or secretary will be the main club administrators, can access the club sections such as updating the club information tool. The user name will be linked to the cell phone number of the chairperson and secretary (see the attached manual and the list of all CGA clubs on the system linked below). Should you need any information, send your queries or inputs on the system.
4. Call for CGA Women’s’ and Disciplinary Committee Nominations
Just before the National Lockdown, Central Gauteng Athletics Board invited nominations of members to serve on the Women’s and Disciplinary Committees of Central Gauteng Athletics. The nominees will serve in the respective portfolios in each committee: chairperson, vice-chairperson and 3 additional members.
We would also like to highlight the following points in reference to the nominations:
- Only clubs in good standing can nominate
- Good standing will be determined by the affiliation status for 2020 and the number of permanent licenses taken (minimum permanent licenses per club is 25)
- The nomination must be done on a club letterhead and accompanied by a short C.V of the nominee/s
- The nomination must include the name, portfolio, permanent license number, club of the nominee/s
- Nominated members must have a valid permanent license of Central Gauteng Athletics
- Legal qualifications and background for Disciplinary Committee nominees will be an advantage
Unfortunately, we did not receive the required number of nominations for these respective committees. The Board has re-invited clubs to nominate as per Central Gauteng Athletics Constitution clause 17.5.
The nomination must reach the CGA office not later than the 18 September 2020 close of business.
5.Opening of the CGA Office
Since the announcement of the national state of disaster in March, the CGA office has been closed. As part of the adjusted return to operations, we will be officially opening the office as from the 7 September 2020. The office will open Monday to Friday from 09h30 to 15h30 daily.
We will be implementing and adhering to all safety protocols for both staff and visitors. We, therefore, request that clubs visiting our office must adhere to these protocols and regulations.
Should you need any further information, do not hesitate to contact our office.
Central Gauteng Athletics hosted the CGA Global Virtual Shot-Put and Discus competition in partnership with Pierre Blignaut Academy, on the 31 July to 2 August 2020.
Over 300 athletes from all over the world entered the event, intending to keep active during this period of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. CGA Track and Field Commission confirmed that in this nature of the event, athletes must compete in the comfort and safety of their back yards or in a piece of vacant land where they can maintain their social distance due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
With the virtual competition taking place at the beginning of the Women’s month of August, all eyes were closely upon the woman performances with the best throw, amongst six athletes who entered in the category of U/20 Woman is the bronze medalist in shot-put at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, Dane Roets. Roets recorded a throw of 16.01m in the shot-put event, however, strong competition from Mine de Kleck (SA) who landed in 15.90m to secure the second position. Juanita de Necker finished 3rd in shot-put (15.84m) and clung gold in the discus (49.70m).
In Senior Women Category, the top discus women in South Africa, Riette Heyns registered the best distance of 56.20m in discus, with World Junior Championships shot-put finalist Meike Strydom, who was the favourite, had claimed the top spot in the shot-put event in the distance of 17.6m.
“We must be reminded that with this pandemic, our athletes don’t have proper training, but we do expect good results”, said CGA Track and Field Chairperson Maggie Dicks at the post-competition interview.
Douw Kruger (SA) and Wynand Swanepoel (SA), both medalists at the 2019 African Youth Championships, and Leeorr-el Breytenbach (NAM) who also represented Namibia at various International competitions were included, among 13 athletes who took part in the U/20 Men discus competition.
Leeorr-el Breytenbach (NAM) who’s having a slight advantage with his personal best distance of 56.00m in discus, recorded a best throw of 54.02, following closely with an opportunity to upset the apple cart was Swanepoel (53.88m), and Kruger (49.90m) respectively.
In shot-put, Kruger claimed an impressive win with 20.30m distance with Tiaan van Zyl (SA) throwing 16.46m to finish 2nd and Leeorr-el fighting it out for 3rd spot.
With 10 Athletes entered in the shot-put Senior Men category, which included Jason van Rooyen (SA) 2019 World Student Games finalist. Van Rooyen came to conquests his peers with the distance of 20.61m followed by Alderson Evert throwing 14.77m to finish second.
Overall, the event was a success, and we would like to share our gratitude to all the athletes, coaches, and parents that were part of this great initiative.
Herewith, please find the attached Complete 2020 CGA Virtual Shot-Put and Discus results.
In celebrating August as the Women’s month, Central Gauteng Athletics will be hosting a Women’s Day Virtual Seminar on the 9 August 2020.
The purpose of this virtual discussion is to share experiences on how to address issues affecting women in general and women participation in sports.
You are invited to be part of this interesting discussion. View the attached flyer for more details on the event.
- When: Sunday, 09 August 2020
- Time: 10h00 to 11h30
- Where: Online, using the Zoom video conferencing application ( Meeting ID: 282 032 8588 | Passcode: dJrY7i )
Central Gauteng Athletics will be hosting the CGA Global Virtual Shot Put and Discus competition from Friday, 31 July to Sunday, 2 August 2020 in partnership with Pierre Blignaut Academy.
This virtual competition aims to keep our athletes active during this period. Athletes will be competing in the comfort of their own homes in line with Covid-19 protocols and health safety guidelines. The competition will be open to all the athletes interested with the main target being athletes that are medal potential at National and International competitions.
CGA Track and Field commission is excited to host this virtual competition and confirmed that more virtual competitions covering other events of track and field is on the cards during these difficult times of COVID-19 pandemic in the country and around the world.
We would like to invite all shot put and discus athletes in the province to be part of this competition. The entry is free for all athletes. To enter, please click on the following link: http://tinyurl.com/CGA-Virtual-throw
Please share the information with the respective athletes and coaches in your club.
As announced by the government that as from the 1 May 2020, we will be entering Level 4 lockdown. Regulation 16(f) in the government gazette allows athletes to jog/run in the mornings from 06h00 – 09h00 and only within a radius of 5km of your home. Athletes are allowed to jog alone and not in groups with a face mask as specified by the government.
Please note that the CGA office will remain closed during the National Lockdown Alert Level 4. We will update you when the office will be open accordingly and hopefully during lower levels once announced by the government.
For any urgent communication, clubs, please use the below details:
- Mandla Radebe (General Manager):
- 083 704 1219
Please note that there will be no athletics events organised in the province until the lifting of restrictions regarding gatherings and events by the government.
Let’s support the efforts to beat COVID-19 by staying positive, keeping fit, social distancing, and where possible, help those less fortunate than yourself.
Please share the information with the respective athletes and coaches in your club.
Keep safe and stay at home to fight the spread of the Coronavirus outbreak.