Postponement of CGA Track and Field 2021 Inaugural Meet

Central Gauteng Athletics planned Track and Field league Meeting for the 23 January 2021 is, unfortunately, postponement till further notice.

In the past few weeks our efforts of engaging with Ekurhuleni Municipality with great consideration of our athletes especially those that are looking forward to qualifying for continental and international competitions including Olympic Games to have some form of competition. The last announcement by President Ramaphosa following the second wave outbreak and the adjusted alert level 3, the Municipality who are the owners of the facility has not approved the use of the stadium for competitions. We are also in conversation with the University of Johannesburg regarding the use of their facilities which is also not available due to the current alert level 3.

As part of contributing to the fight to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic we have accepted the disapproval by Ekurhuleni Municipality on using the stadium for competitions till the next expected address by President Ramaphosa on the National State of Disaster before the 15 February 2021 and hopefully the lowering of the alert levels to allow for competitions. We will keep the clubs updated on the developments in this regard.

We, therefore, reiterate that as much as our athletes’ need to have competition, the lives of our athletes, coaches, technical officials and the office staff is our priority, we will continue to protect our members from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Herewith, please find the attached updated Track and Field Fixtures for 2021 and the ASA recent Circular regarding the suspension of events for 2 weeks.

Kind regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics:
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Email: media@centralgautengathletics.co.za
Twitter: @CG_Athletics
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Passing of Bruce Mpela

Bruce Mpela

Athletics family, on the 8th of January 2021 we have received the sad news of the passing of Bruce Mpela. The late Mpela was a member of the Kagiso Striders Athletics Club and one of our renowned National Technical Official and International Starter. The late Mpela served as the deputy chairperson of CGA Technical Officials Committee for many years. He did not only apply his knowledge of athletics rules at athletics event but was willing to share his knowledge through lecturing of national courses and his involvement in programmes aimed at developing technical officials in our province.

His experiences in officiating were vast which included judging at the highest level in Race Walking and the most qualified National Track and Field starter in the country. His dedication to athletics, in particular, officiating and creating a fair play environment for athletes was immense. He has represented the province with pride throughout the world. We salute this legend of our sport and he will be sorely missed by the Athletics Family.

On behalf of the Central Gauteng Athletics management and the athletics family, we would like to convey our sincere condolences to Mpela family, Technical Officials colleagues and Kagiso Strides Athletics Club members. He will be dearly missed by the entire athletics family. May his soul rest in peace.

The Funeral Service will be held as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Venue: 23 Currie Street, Roodepoort

Time: 08h00 to 10h00

It with great sadness that due to COVID-19 pandemic lockdown regulations, the athletics family may be deprived to send off this great official of our province and most importantly to share memories of his contributions to CGA and Athletics as a whole. Central Gauteng Athletics together with Technical Officials is planning to host a drive-through Memorial on Tuesday 12 January 2021 at his home between 14h00 and 16h00. We will have a dropbox for the messages of support to the family.

For any further details, please contact Dithapelo Tumane at 082 737 2537.

 

Kind regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics:
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Email: media@centralgautengathletics.co.za
Twitter: @CG_Athletics
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Great Performances at 2021 CGA Cross Country Championships

Central Gauteng Athletics continues to produce champs at 2021 Cross Country Provincial Championships held over this past Saturday, 09 January 2021 at Kagiso Sports Complex.

This was the first event of its kind in the new normal of COVID-19 pandemic which catered for Juniors and Seniors categories (incorporating U/17 age group) that are World Championships qualifying age categories. The aim of the CGA Cross Country Championships was to give a competition opportunity to our athletes and to prepare athletes that have qualified for the ASA Cross Country Trials which are due to take place on the 23 January 2021 in Potchefstroom.

The event had to follow strict safety protocols of COVID-19 in ensuring the safety of our athletes and officials. With the approvals received from authorities, we had to ensure that protocols are followed throughout the event which included pre-entries, social distancing and wearing of a mask.
We commenced our programmes of the day with the moment of silence in memory of late CGA Technical Official and deputy chairperson of the CGA Technical Officials Committee, Bruce Mpela who passed away on the 8th January 2021.

Junior women’s event opened the program of the day that saw top two ladies, Gene Coetzee and Sarah Copeland dominating the race in the distance of 6km, Gene Coetzee earned gold in the time of 23:22 and Sarah Copeland secured a second position in 23:49.
The junior men’s event was dominated by Simphiwe Thombela of Waterfall Athletics Club who is in fine form, he took command of the race with an exciting performance over a distance of 8km. Reatlegile Mosweu reached the podium in second place in the 26:57 with 12 seconds behind Thombela to secured first position clocking the time of 26:45.

Another stunning performance was senior women 10km event which saw Cacisile Sosibo running neck to neck with the Phalula twins. Lebo Phalula proved to be a better runner on the day when she accelerated over the 4th laps to claim the first prize in a time of 37:28; “l am so happy with my performance, it’s a sign for 2021 season. I’m looking forward to a great performance at my trials in Potchefstroom”, said Lebo Phalula during the post-event interview. Lebogang secured a bronze medal in the time of 38:15 after a technical race by Sosibo’s strategy to split the twins for the second position in a time of 37:37.

The Championships were concluded with full of excitement following the men’s 10km event, which saw Kabelo Melamo eager to triumph over 22 runners from the start of the race. This lasted until the last lap when Precious Mashele closed the gap to earn gold in a time of 31:13. Melamo settled for a silver medal with an impressive performance of 31:26. In the post-interview with Mashele, he said he was training very hard during the holiday season to maintain his victory as Provincial Cross Country champion. A third place was claimed by Simon Sibeko of Quite Cool Athletics Club who crossed the finish line in a time of 31:37.

CGA Cross Country Chairperson Steven Khanyile highlighted during the post-interview that today’s event was very important to athletes following the withdrawal of 2020 Cross Country season. “The main aim of this event is to ensure that we create a platform in terms of giving athletes an opportunity to compete. Under the COVID-19 lockdown, it is challenging to organise such races, but we are very grateful that as Cross Country Commission to have successfully organised it”.

Central Gauteng Athletics:
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Email: media@centralgautengathletics.co.za
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2021 CGA Cross Country Championships – 9 January 2021

Compliments and wishing you all the best for 2021 under the current COVID-19 circumstances.

We are glad to announce that the Cross Country Championships which are due to take place this coming weekend, 9 January 2021 at Kagiso Sports Complex has received an approval from the authorities. However, it will be hosted under strict COVID-19 restrictions and protocols, we urge for the support of everyone so that we can use this event as a benchmark for safe returning to cross country competitions.

CGA Cross Country commission has also resolved that in order to limit the number of entries these championships must be closed to only CGA athletes and athletes that have participated in the 2019 Cross Country season, especially in the senior men category. This decision is in line with the aim of these championships to assist athletes to prepare and possibly qualify for the National Cross Country Trials which is scheduled on the 23 January 2021 in Potchefstroom.

CGA Provincial Championship will be only for juniors and seniors event categories (incorporating U/17 age group) as they are the World Champs Qualifying age groups.

Provisional Event Program:

10:00 Junior Women – 6km

10:30 Junior Men – 8km

11: 00 Senior Women – 10km

11:50 Senior Men – 10km

As part of compiling to COVID-19 regulations, only affiliated and registered coaches and athletes on the attached list will be allowed access to the venue. No spectators will be allowed at the venue. The entry fee for athletes is R20. Athletes are requested to only report to registration at least 1 hour before their event. Athletes are reminded to bring their 2020 Permanent licenses as there will be no temporary licenses sold on the day.

Athletes are requested to bring their own water bottles to the event as part of reducing the transmission of COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of motivating our elite runners’ provincial medals to the top 3 (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) and prize money to the top 5 finishers. This will be done in accordance with COVID-19 protocols without having prize giving on the day. The prize money breakdown will be as follows:

 

Senior Men and Women:

1st Position: R1,000

2nd Position: R500

3rd Position: R400

4th Position: R300

5th Position: R200

 

Junior Men and Women:

1st Position: R500

2nd Position: R400

3rd Position: R300

4th Position: R200

5th Position: R100

 

The event will be following strict safety protocols as per ASA and Government COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the below General Information and regulations to be adhered to at the event venue:

  1. NO MASK. NO ENTRY
  2. SANITIZE YOUR HANDS AT ALL TIMES
  3. KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCE OF 2M AT ALL TIMES
  4. ALL ATHLETES MUST HAVE TWO VALID 2020/2021 ASA LICENSE NUMBER – NO TEMPORARY LICENSES WILL BE ON SALE
  5. NO SPECTATORS AT THE EVENT
  6. COVID-19 HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE TO BE COMPLETED BY ATHLETES, TECHNICAL OFFICIALS AND REGISTERED COACHES BEFORE ENTERING THE STADIUM (SEE THE ATTACHED FORM)
  7. ONLY PRE-ENTRIES. NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY OF EVENT
  8. ONLY PRE-REGISTERED AND AFFILIATED ASA/CGA COACHES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE VENUE
  9. NO FOOD/TUCKSHOP WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE VENUE. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN REFRESHMENTS
  10. ATHLETES CAN ONLY REMOVE THE MASK WHEN RUNNING AND TO BE PUT BACK AS SOON AS HE/SHE IS FINISHED THE RACE

 

Herewith, please find the attached Final Entry List below.

We would appreciate if you can share this information with your respective athletes and coaches.

Looking forward to seeing you on the 9 January 2021 at Kagiso Sports Complex in Kagiso.

Kind regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics:
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Email: media@centralgautengathletics.co.za
Twitter: @CG_Athletics
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CGA Runners Close Track Finale League

Central Gauteng Athletics runners shine over the festive season at the 2020 CGA Track and Field finale held on Saturday, 05 December 2020 at Boksburg Stadium.

After disappointing rain showers in the morning, CGA Track and Field Commission in consultation with Technical Committee had to call off certain events mainly on the field (Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump, Shotput, Javelin, Discus and Triple jump) as a result of slippery and unsafe conditions which may harm or injure the athletes. The event continued with track events in the middle distance including the race walk.

The first event of the day was the race walk which shows walkers’ first competitive event since the COVID-19 outbreak. Neo Moloi and Thuto Mokoena competed in the 3km Race Walk distance who strode to victory in a drizzling rainy condition. It was really hard to determine who is going to win the race until Mokoena accelerated to leave a gap of one meter breaking from his rival. In the last lap at the 200-meter mark, Moloi picked up his pace to convincingly finish second behind Thuto Mokoena in outstanding times of 14:42.80 and 14:57.90 respectively.

The day started well for Casey Bosman with her exceptional performance, following her injury during the COVID-19 Alert level 4 lockdown. She was part of a very competitive 5,000m event as a junior athlete with the lineup including the likes of Dempster Mega and other prominent senior athletes. Dempster Megan who led the race up until the last lap with Casey taking the lead in the final lap to secure her victory in the time of 18:36.58 and Dempster settled for the second place clocking 18:49.11. “I wasn’t worried about the position, all l have been doing was to train for good times considering that I’ll be a senior next year meaning l have to better my times”, said Casey Bosman during the post-interview.

One of the most remarkable events of the day was the 5,000m senior men event, which saw a total of 17 athletes lining up at the start. Precious Mashele who was the day’s favourite as he ran against time with his face determined to clock under the 14 minutes mark to cross the finish line in 13:58.9. Mashele who is preparing to run the 2021 KYOTO Marathon in Japan next year February. The second position was taken by Dylan van der Merwe who also won the Alberton 10km race at the beginning of November in the time of 15:06.

In the 1,500m senior men event, we saw a battle of UJ runners which was between Maxime Chaumeton, Elvis Mokhonoana and Boikanyo Motlhamme without any disappointment produced a great performance. Maxime proved to be a better runner when he settled the event with a season’s personal best time of 03:46.93 to crush off the time of 3:55 set by Elvis Mokhonoana at CGA Open Meeting held on the 5 October 2019 in Germiston Stadium. Mokhonoana improved his PB by 4 seconds to finish 2nd in 03:51.03, while Motlhamme took the 3rd place in the time of 03:54.06.

The Commission and Technical Committee thanked all the athletes, coaches who supported the returning of track and field under COVID-19 pandemic. We are looking at having even more support in the New Year with the first track meeting expected to take place on the 23 January 2021.

Herewith the link for the Results of the 2020 CGA Track and Field Season:

Kind regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics:
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Email: media@centralgautengathletics.co.za
Twitter: @CG_Athletics
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CGA Final Track League to stream live on Saturday, 5 December 2020

Boksburg Stadium Live Stream

Central Gauteng Athletics has partnered with FitGen for the live streaming of 2020 CGA Track and Field finale. This prodigious event under the COVID-19 protocols will be held for the second time on Saturday, 05 December 2020 at Boksburg Stadium.

Following strict safety protocols COVID-19 pandemic, no spectators are allowed at the stadium to witness exceptional performances live. We thought there is no better way to bring this exciting action straight to your hand by streaming the event live.

FitGen is a supplement provider with a focus on youth athletes performance nutrition. Chantelle Breytenbach, CEO and founder of FitGen said during an interview that she is looking forward to this great partnership allowing families of athletes to be part of their athletics participation and letting members of CGA enjoy athletics during these challenging lockdown conditions.

Anyone can view the league event through live streaming using the below link with the first event commencing at 09h30. Watch the CGA Track and Field Event live on the 05th of December 2020 at a cost of R75 for live streaming and R25 per action photo. To pre-book, click on the below links.

Herewith is the link for streaming:

Due to a number of enquiries and demand for action photos of athletes in the competition, we have also included a platform for athletes to order their photos.

Herewith is the link for photographs:

We would appreciate if you can share this information with your respective athletes, coaches, and parents.

Herewith, please find the attached Programme for the Track and Field League to be held on the 5 December 2020.

Kind regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics:
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Email: media@centralgautengathletics.co.za
Twitter: @CG_Athletics
Facebook: Central Gauteng Athletics