Return of CGA Track & Field Meeting at Boksburg Stadium | 14 November 2020

Central Gauteng Athletics proudly hosted the first-ever track and field event since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. This was the first meeting of its kind to be held with no spectators (following strict safety protocols as per ASA and Government COVID-19 regulations). CGA Track and Field Commission, including athletes, technical officials, stadium workers, medical team, and CGA staff did not disappoint to produce the best event in history over this past Saturday, 14 November 2020.

After all participants adhered to the strict safety protocols of COVID-19, a long-awaited moment commenced with the boys U17 battling it out in the 3,000m event.  Johannes Morepe, born in Limpopo Province, appeared on the scene in the last 600m leading the pack with over a lap to his victory of 08:50.46.

Among the favourite race of the day was the Senior women 3,000m event which was combined with the U19 girls which were considered to be an exciting event. Gene Coetzee took command of the race after the second lap, followed by the senior women, Joubert Cornelia who was running steadily to close a gap of 100m from her rival. Coetzee proved to be the better runner, ending the race in a time of 10:15.5. Immediately after her victory, she took off her new running shoes claiming that they were tight and hurting badly and had to walk barefoot. In the post-interview, Coetzee said, “l have been training hard and doing a lot of strength work and the results are paying off. Today’s victory is just a test towards the preparations for 2021 ASA Cross Country Trials in January 2021”.

Flooks Heinrich of Kempton Park Athletics Club sprinted alone over a distance of 110m Hurdles in the Boys U19 category. He was running drawing strength from his full-length arms with his face determined to clock under 15.00 seconds. Fortunately, he crossed the finish line in 14.43, which is a good time considering his preparation for 2021 U20 World Championships to be held in Nairobi, Kenya.

A Junior athlete who has already been named in the 2021 U20 World Championships squad, Mvuyo Moss, joined the Boys U19 in the 100m event.  He proved to be the rising star across the province with his 100m performance in the time of 10.72.

Field events were going to be a challenge considering with protocols that after every athlete’s attempt, the equipment had to be sanitized. This critical protocol in fighting the spread of COVID-19 did not discourage the athletes as Zonica Lindeque improved her PB in shotput event (3kg) with a distance of 16.61m.

The last event of the day was the High Jump senior women event, where UJ training partners, Julia Du Plessis and Mariette Botha opposed each other to get on top of the bar. Julia Du Plessis, who recently recovered from throat cancer had 7 attempts to finish second in the height of 1.55m. On 8th attempt, Botha excelled with a great technique to overcome her rivals to finish on top in the height of 1.60m.

CGA Track and Field Chairperson, Maggie Dicks, said this meeting was merely to assist athletes who haven’t qualify for various National Teams and also to assist athletes in the Olympic Squad to prepare. “l must say most of our athletes and coaches complied with the COVID-19 rules and protocols put in place, including the registration process for coaches to try and keep to numbers given by the government for safe returning to athletics competitions. Overall, we are glad that the event went well”.

 

Looking forward to seeing you again on the 5 December 2020 at Boksburg Stadium.

Kind regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics:
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Email: media@centralgautengathletics.co.za
Twitter: @CG_Athletics
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CGA Track & Field Commission Preparations for 14 November 2020

CGA Boksburg Stadium
Central Gauteng Athletics will be hosting the first-ever track and field event since the outbreak of the pandemic this coming 14 November 2020 at Boksburg Stadium.
 
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 competition venue:
  1. NO MASK.  NO ENTRY!
  2. SANITIZE YOUR HANDS AT ALL TIMES
  3. KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCE OF 2 METRES AT ALL TIMES
  4. ALL ATHLETES MUST HAVE TWO VALID 2020 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 COMPETITION. ENTRY FEE IS R20 PER ATHLETE
  8. ONLY PRE-REGISTERED AND AFFILIATED ASA/CGA COACHES WILL BE ALLOWED  TO ENTER THE STADIUM
  9. NO COACH WILL BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE COMPETITION AREA
  10. ATHLETES TO REPORT ONE HOUR BEFORE THEIR EVENT TO THE OUTSIDE CALLROOM (REGISTRATION TABLE)
  11. NO FOOD/TUCKSHOP WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE STADIUM. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN REFRESHMENTS
  12. WARM-UP AREA WILL BE ON LONG JUMP AND POLE VAULT RUN-UP AT THE BACK OF THE TRACK
  13. FIELD ATHLETES MUST MAKE SURE THE IMPLEMENT ARE SANITIZED BEFORE EACH ATTEMPT
  14. ONLY 4 ATTEMPTS FOR ALL FIELD EVENTS AND HIGH JUMP AS PER THE RULES
  15. ALL SPRINT EVENTS ONLY 4 ATHLETES PER HEAT WILL BE ALLOWED
  16. ALL MIDDLE DISTANCE RACES ONLY 10 ATHLETES PER HEAT
  17. ATHLETES CAN ONLY REMOVE THEIR MASK WHEN COMPETING AND MUST PUT IT BACK AS SOON AS HE/SHE IS FINISHED WITH THE ATTEMPT OR RACE
 
We would appreciate if you can share this information with your respective athletes and coaches.
Herewith, please find the attached Programme for the 14 November 2020 and COVID-19 Health Questionnaire form.
 
We’re looking forward to seeing all of you on the 14 November 2020!

Kind regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics:
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Email: media@centralgautengathletics.co.za
Twitter: @CG_Athletics
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CGA Track & Field Returning in 2020!

Central Gauteng Athletics Track & Field events are returning in November and December! View the attached documents below for more information on the upcoming events.

Kind regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics:
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Email: media@centralgautengathletics.co.za
Twitter: @CG_Athletics
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Athletes From Different Classes Entered The 2020 CGA Global Virtual Throw Competition

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 below.

Kind regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics:
Office Phone: 011 873 2726
Email: media@centralgautengathletics.co.za
Twitter: @CG_Athletics
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Launching 2020 CGA Global Virtual Shot Put and Discus Competition

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.

Herewith, please find attached the flyer for more details.

Kind regards,

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