TRACK & FIELD NEWS
Central Gauteng Athletics proudly hosted a very successful Provincial Track & Field Championships last weekend 14 March 2020 at University of Johannesburg Auckland Park Stadium. These championships come after hosting 4 league meetings which attracted over 5,000 athletes this season.
The day started well for Zelda Schults (27) of Murray and Roberts Athletics Club with her 3rd consecutive victory in the Race Walk event. Zelda, who just recently qualified for the postponed Race Walk World Championships which was due in France in May 2020. She dominated the 5km Senior Women Category and clocked the time of 25:20.09.
In the 3,000 metre Junior boys category, a Mohlakeng born athlete Andries Sesedi who has been selected to represent South Africa at CAA Cross Country Championships in Kenya took gold medal clocking 08:51.01. During his post-event interview, Andries said: “It was very important to partake at the CGA Track and Field Championships, as he is preparing to reach a qualifying standard of 14:10secondsin 5000m event for the National Youth and Junior Championships and possibly qualify for the World Championships”.
Zonica Lindeque of UJ Athletics Club confirmed her position for discussing and shotput selection to Paarlwith an incredible performance of 42.46 and 16.29 respectively.
Another stunning performance was long jump senior men, which saw spectators burst of applause when the rising champions (Johnson Cheswill, Aaron Pedro and Manuel Divan) eager to take on the Olympic Game Silver Medalist Khotso Mokoena. UJ Athlete Johnson Cheswill stunned the thunderous roar of over 5,000 spectators in attendance when he triumphs over his training partners by landing the distance of 8.14 metres. Cheswill secured the second position in Senior Men 100 metre 10.31, he is confident to receive CGA colours to the national championships.
Junior Athlete Mongwe Nikiwe of Brakpan Athletics Club, broke into a sprint to finish front over a short distance of200m 25.07, and 100m 25.07. Mongwe who’s grace with the presence of amazon women she claimed her 5th consecutive win all the way through CGA Champs with the constant performance to earn CGA colours.
Phalula twins Lebo and Lebogang landed on Friday 13 March 2020 from a training camp which was cut short due to coronavirus in Ethiopia. Both twins competed in the senior’s women 5,000-metre event with Lebo Phalula winning the race in 17:05.15 and Lebogang settling for second position. This race in the absence of the Phalula twins was dominated by Cornelia Jourbert throughout the season to take the 5th position on the day.
The junior category of the 5,000 metres was won by Gene Coetzee who was neck and neck with the Phalulas twins for the better parts of the race. Gene Coetzee earned gold clocking the time of 17:17.09.
The last event of the day was Senior Men 800 metre which saw a rocket start of 29 athletes eager to tackle the qualifying standard of 01:54.0. Elvis Mokhonoana who appeared in new colours of UJ Athletics Club took charge in the last 50m towards the finish line, when he accelerated from Ryan Mphahlele who also won the 1,500-metre race to finish first in the time of 1:48.74.
Due to unfolding developments regarding coronavirus, the National Championships scheduled will be affected and changes will be communicated accordingly.
Central Gauteng Athletics gets closer to the end of 2020 Track and Field season at UJ Athletics Stadium, Soweto Campus with over 1,300 athletes on Saturday 22 February 2020.
Starting off the day with long-awaited steeplechase events with a distance of 1500m – 3000m Steeplechase (U15, 17, 19, Senior Men and Women) as it was the first steeplechase competition this season. The athletes did not disappoint as Pretorius Emile of Germiston Harries Callies opened with a great performance in 1500m to secure his win in the time of 05:00. In the 2000m Steeple Chase, OfentseBokanaof Murray and Roberts clocked 06:35.9, while his fellow club and training partner TshepoNtutwanaclaimed victory in the 3000m steeplechase to finish in an impressive time of 9:04.4.
“It was great to have steeplechase events for the first time in the season, athletes and coaches really showed appreciation on the effort of the commission”, comments by CGA Track and Field Chairperson Maggie Dicks during the post-event interview. MzwakheMavudla of UJ took the victory this time around with TebatsoMashimby of Boksburg settling for the second place in the 3000m Senior Men Walk. The two prominent provincial walkers’ battle has been very interesting with Mavundla claiming two victories and Mashimby only taking one win this season.
The battle of training partners continued in the High Jump senior women event between Marlize Higgins, Julia Du Plessis and Mariette Botha of UJ. The ladies displayed exceptional competitiveness with a close win of Marlize in the height of 1.70 followed by Julie and Mariette in the heights of 1.55 and 1. 60 respectively.
In an overcast afternoon and during the race a sudden rain sums up the action of the day in the 10,000m Senior Men and Women event, which was started by a total of 42 athletes chasing the victory. Prince Jaliof Take it Easy prevailed after he maintained his pace throughout the race with the leading group and only broke out in the 15th lap to finish in the time of 31:10.43, followed by Tshepiso Khati with a time of 31:34.2, and Kwanda Longoza with a time of 31:35.7 secured the top three positions. Entsika Athletics club dominated and claimed victory of the top 2 positions in the 10,000m women category by Sosibo Cacisileand Mjoli Nwabisa in the time of 38:43.38 and 38:44.14 respectively.
We would like to thank the University of Johannesburg and the Athletics Manager, Roger Haitengi and ground staff for opening their doors to CGA most importantly getting the facility ready to host athletics meeting this season, said CGA Track and Field Chairperson Maggie Dicks.
The Provincial Championships will be on Saturday 14 March 2020 which will be a joint champ for Youth, Junior and Senior categories.
All passionate athletes pull on their running gear to compete at the league despite heavy rain, at UJ Soweto Campus on Saturday 8th February 2020.
The event following CGA Track and Field program 1, which started with a 5km race walk that saw Zelda Schults of Murray and Roberts Athletics Club showing off her talent in the second last lap leading Nthatisi Mokhele of Run Walk for Life by 250m to win in the 25:56.04. At the post-event interview, Zelda said it was very important to win this race as she was preparing for Grand Prix in Cape Town next week Saturday to qualify for the Race Walking World Cup which will be held in 2nd and 3rd of May in France 2020.
Unfortunately, due to the rain, the CGA Track and Field commission together with the Technical Officials Committee had to call off certain events, Hurdles, Long Jump, and Triple Jump. The cancellation was as a result of slippery surface which may harm or injure the athletes.
As the day progressed the weather opened to a beautiful sunny welcome of the 800m event which had 21 athletes starting the race amongst them was Elvis Mokhoknoana, Ryan Mphahlele, Brandon Lentswe, and Nkosinathi Sibiya. As runners approaching finishing line in 300m, Elvis Mokhonoana accelerated to get ahead of his training partners, Ryan Mphahlele and Ntuthuko Ndimande to win his event in the time of 1:49.04. Mokhonoana’s coach Elvis Khoza said Elvis started his preparation for 2020 season during last December period and the results are starting to show.
The battle of throws continued in the Javelin event with exciting moments in the youth category with Nel Keegan and Fabio De Klerk contending a victory in a 1m to 2m deference till the fourth round. Nel Keegan’s superior throw which reached an outstanding distance of 53.70m to raise Monument’s flag higher winning the Under 15 boys event. In an interview, Nel said that he aims to beat his last week result of 55m.
The second last event of the day, saw smoke come into view when our Provincial starter Frikkie Pretorius started the 1500m senior women event. UJ and Murray and Roberts athletes dominated the race as it was really hard to tell who is going to win the race. In the last lap Dixton Chante of Murray and Roberts Athletics Club picked up her pace from the UJ Athletes to tighten the competition to finish the race in style with a brilliant time of 04:57.50 from her training partner Maria Mosweu finishing 2nd in the time of 05:00.09, and the 3rd finisher was Casey Bosman securing Murray and Roberts Athletics Club into top three by 05:06.40.
Runners with different levels of experience competed in the 5000m race, which was named by the spectators as “One of the Toughest race of the day”. There was a total of 46 athletes lining up at the start of the men’s race. One could see that all these athletes were eager to win the race but Marko Buccariza of Born to Run proofed to be more eager to cling the win in a brilliant pace and in the time of 14:39.09.
The women 5000m event was dominated by Joubert Cornelia of Boxer Athletics Club claim her third victory consecutively in Senior Women category in a time of 17:44.09. The 2nd place was claimed by the Vosloorus born, Farida Zwane in new colours of Rockies Athletics Club clocking 17:51.05.
Maggie Dicks, Chairperson of CGA Track and Field thanked all the athletes and coaches who took time in the weather conditions to come and support the leagues. She also indicated that there is only one league on 22nd of February before the Provincial Championships and then the National Championships. It is important that the athletes and coaches take note of the selection criteria which requires an athlete to participate in at least 50% of the leagues and Provincial Championships serving as the final trials.
The first Track and Field event of an Olympic year hosted in chilly weather conditions this past Saturday, 11 January 2019 at Boksburg Athletics Stadium. The season’s return with a bang after athletes had prepared themselves over the festive season to build up towards their selection to represent the province at the South Africa championships including the Olympic Games later in this year.
Opening up a day with a competitive 5km Walk event, which saw Tebatso Mashimbyi of Boksburg Athletics Club taking home ground advantage in the Final Men 25 finishing first in 23:39.74. Schultz Zelda titleholder in 20km walk event at the ASA Race Walk Championships in November 2019, maintained her outstanding performance to finish first in the 20km walk race clocking 24:38.87.
Germiston Callies athlete, Petro Aaron performed exceptionally in the long jump men, he won his event with a distance of 7.14m. We are looking forward to greater performances from him in a quest to qualify for International Championships.
Zonica Lindeque representing UJ in fine form dominated the women’s shot put event to raise the bar even higher, as she stole the eyes of spectators after winning both discuss and Shotput event in distance of 42.71m and 15.66m respectively.
An aspiring athlete, De Bruin Juandre opened the season with an equally impressive performance, to win the 800m boys under 17 event clocking 2:02.4. Juandre also claimed victory in the 1500m event crossing the line in a time of 4:13.4. His performance puts him in good standing as he heads into the rest of the season.
One of the hottest events that took spectators to rise from the grant stand, was 5000m race which was dominated by Boxer Athletic Club with both male and female category. This event was filled with a lot of action-packed, which Joubert Conelia turned the tables in the last two laps to claim the win, and followed by Stoltz Corlize of (JAC). Joubert maintains her pace till the finish line, finishing first in the time of 18:38:3.
In the Men’s event, Precious Mashele of Boxer Athletic Club won the 5000m event in style. He battled with his training partner Kabelo Seboko for the better part of the race followed closely by Ntshindiso Mphakathi who also finished in the top 3 positions. Precious Mashele proves that he will be one of the best in the club by finishing first in a time of 14:09:79.
Central Gauteng Athletics commission will host a 2nd league meeting at UJ Soweto Campus on the 1st of February 2020.
Central Gauteng Athletics hosted the first Track and Field Open Meeting of 2019/2020 season at Germiston Stadium last Saturday, 5 October 2019.
On the day there were great performances in particular in the 100m sub youth events. Kieren Louw of Fitness From Africa Athletic Club clocked 10:92 in the boys U17 to secure his victory on the day. Jan Kruger and Thato Sesoko dominated the category of U9 Boys and Girls 600m event, with an impressive finish time of 1:51:47 and 1:57:76 respectively.
Throwing Javelin was one of the exciting events, Daniel Jacobs of EC Active Athletic Club was in good form in the U17 girls where she had thrown a pointed stick in a distance of 30.75m.
In the long jump U15 Boys, Yemurai Michael, a fierce competitor who’s representing Diamond Athletics Club started athletics this year with the inspiration from the likes of Khotso Mokoena and Luvo Manyonga. His 6,33m best is clear indications a bright future ahead of him.
Local club, Germiston Callies’ athletes Victor Spice and Kaylee Le Roux claimed their victory in 200m sprint for the U13 and U15 age category in that order, clocking 24:88 and 26:29 respectively.
The 1200m race was the toughest and straining trial event for the young athletes, however, Marhu Bouwer of Roodepoort Athletics Club and Pienaar Kayleigh of Noordheuwel Athletics Club shared a common goal which is to win their individual races on the day. They both took the category of U11 boys and girl by clocking 3:49 and 4:05 respectively.
The last events of the day which was the 1500m did not disappoint, Elvis Mokhonoana of Tembisa Athletics Club won his race with a 15 meters’ gap from the second position finisher in the time of 3:55. Mokhonoana finished position 7 during the 2019 National Track and Field Championships in March is really set to dominate the season in the 1500m distance.
Part of the selection criteria for selection into the sub youth team which will be competing in Sasolburg later next month states that an athlete must be in possession of a permanent license. This number also acts an insurance policy should the athlete be injured during training or racing.
The next CGA Track and Field Open Meeting will be held at Germiston Stadium on the 19 October 2019
Looking forward to seeing you and let’s fill up Germiston Athletics Stadium.
The Track and Field Development Open meeting which was hosted on Saturday 21 September 2019, was extremely well supported at Germiston Athletics Stadium. Approximately 2000 athletes and spectators supported the meeting.
This Season returned passionately with the intention to identify talent in the age category of Boys and Girls between 7 to 17 years old. Track and Field commission incorporated the Johannesburg Soncini trails to select a JHB team to participate at Gauteng OR Tambo Sonici provincial games on the 26/27 October at Germiston Stadium.
Following a full-day programme of the first track and field season, the evidence was witnessed with the first race of the day, labelled All Road vs Track in the event of 1500m walk. Thuto Mokoena of Water Fall Athletics Club unlocked the track events with a victory in the category of U17 Boys and Girls walking a distance of 5000m by clocking 26:41.
“Today’s race was tough and filled with strong and competitive athletes. l started to break among the group at 3500m and flow with the momentum towards finish the line”. Said Thuto as he cools off during the interview post-event.
South African 2019 schools of Champions, Zonica Lindeque of UJ Sports Club, confirmed her strength and showed incredible talent in the field of Shot Put, by dominating the age category of U15 girls with a personal best of 15:73.
Diamond Athletics Club claimed their consecutive victory of the day by Tyler Howard and Charnise J.V Vuuren who ran a distance of 200m sprint in the category of Sub Youth Girls and Boys, ending the race in a time of 24:87 and 27:82 respectively.
Tumelo Manenzhe who placed 6th position in 2018 Schools Championships at Germiston Stadium, he starts the season with an impressive performance by earning 1st position in the category of U17 boys running a distance of 3,000m. Tumelo started to lead race towards last three laps and increase pace till he crosses the line in a time of 9:34.
Coaches are reminded that it is important to keep to deadlines as the Transport arrangements go hand in hand with the entries from those areas. Athletes must Pre-Enter using the attached Entry Form, entry fee for both athletes and spectators will be R20 Per Person for leagues.
“We urge Coaches, Athletes, and Parents to pre-enter in time, correct information and full details are needed to enter the information on the system, we need more coaches to support this system”. Said CGA Track and Field Chairperson Maggie Dicks.
Among other highlights, youth athlete Swayde Lessing of Boksburg Athletics Club was in impressive form as she took the 100m Hurdles event in a finish time of 15:89 seconds. Swayde, who took 6th position in field event of the high jump at ASA 2018 Track and Field Championships held in Paarl. She said her training sessions are going very well and she is in the right place at the momentum.
Long jump youth woman
Siread Meyer of Germiston Callies started the athletics at age of 7, in 2012 he partakes at ASA Track and Field Championships were he secured 9th position in the field event of Long Jump. This time Shane took effort and showcase incredible talent in the U17 youth man by landing at 5.18m.
Central Gauteng Athletics will be kicking off the 2019/20 Track and Field season on the 21 September 2019 at Germiston Stadium.
The inaugural Development Track and Field meeting will be targeting at Identifying Talent in the ages of 7 to 17 years old. The Development Meeting will be incorporating the Johannesburg Soncini Games which focuses on under 14 and 15 age group (born in 2004 and 2005).
The season’s return has been eagerly awaited by athletes and coaches who are seen yearly delivering exceptional performances.
NB: PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ENTRY FEE FOR BOTH ATHLETES AND SPECTATORS WILL BE R20 PER PERSON FOR LEAGUES.
Clubs and Coaches are also reminded that this season, CGA will be enforcing the Pre-Entry system and athletes must Pre-Enter using the attached Entry Form, the closing date is Wednesday, 18 September 2019 at 16h30.
Herewith, please find the attached 2019/20 Track and Field calendar, Pre-Entry Form and Development Track and Field Meeting Programme on the 21 September 2019.
- 2019 CGA Track and Field Entry Form
- 2019 CGA Track and Field Fixtures September
- CGA Track and Field – Development 2019
Central Gauteng Athletics held the annual Athletes Workshop on the 31st August 2019 at Sports House in Johannesburg Stadium.
The purpose of the annual Athletes workshop is to share information that affects athletes on and off the field of athletics. The topics for this year amongst others was how athletes can grow as a brand and the positive use of social media to develop a brand name. We have always included the education around the Anti-Doping and the use of banned substances in athletics.
In the first presentation of the day, we had covered and highlighted rules and regulations. The emphasis was on encouraging athletes to respect the rules and demonstrate ethical behaviour towards opponents and officials during competitions.
“The purpose of competition is to win fairly and the rules ensure fairness of competitive opportunities between all athletes”, said Kenny Makola the CGA and ASA Technical Officials committee member in his conclusion.
SAIDS presentation dealt with how athletes can resist corrupting pressures, rejecting drugs, and other banned performance-enhancing substances. Each athlete must take responsibility for all the intakes into his or her body. SAIDS education officer Size Vardhan also shared some of his experiences that athletes must their best to abstain from the use of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages especially in public.
The Olympic Games silver medallist and Colgate brand ambassador Khotso Mokoena also took part in equipping fellow athletes with his collective knowledge and experience. Mokoena emphasised on the conduct of athletes and pressures that come with being an elite athlete. He added that athletes must strive to maintain a sense of self-control and dignity at all times.
Part of the challenge that our athletes face in the province is how to access higher education. Chris Fortuin of the University of Johannesburg, Sports Department, shared how the University recruits athletes and how athletes qualify for the sports bursaries at the institution. We are hoping as the province that the intake of athletes will indeed improve to try and keep excelling athletes in the province.
Closing remarks by the CGA Board Member and Chairperson of Athletes Commission Zongamele Dyubeni mapped a way forward but encouraging athletes to take the information presented during the workshop and put it into practice. This will not only build an individual athlete but it will build CGA to continue to be one number province in the country. He concluded by thanking all athletes in attendance and presenters for taking time to be part of this very successful annual workshop.
Central Gauteng Athletics celebrated the women in sports at Garden Court Hotel, Milpark on the 10th August 2019.
CGA Chairperson of Women Committee, Karabo Mabilo officially opened the event to welcome the ladies in attendance and high profile guest speakers. She also used the opportunity to set the tone for the gathering and highlighted the challenges that athletics has in terms of women involvement.
Gauteng Sports Confederation board member, Moonira Ramathula shared her experience on the importance of Gender Equality in Sports. She emphasised that the federations must have equal opportunities and equal pay in competitions. The main point was around how to increase the number of women in leadership positions within the province.
“We need to get more female coaches at the grassroots level. We have to take the sport to the people especially in rural areas, we have a lot of talent but unfortunately, kids don’t have access to qualified coaches”. Said former Athlete and now coach, Geraldine Pillay during the Panel discussion.
Women in Sports Participation could do with support and equality through development programmes and accessibility to resources.
Gauteng Director of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Marissa Rose presented women with the of opportunities in sports such as Internships, Bursaries and competing in various competitions.
CGA Chairperson of Women Committee Karabo Mabilo concluded the seminar by thanking CGA Development Officer for organising such programmes to empower women in sport across the province.
Happy Women’s Month!
ASA Symposium which was held at the end of May 2019. He further deliberated on the importance of officials and their role in the sport by mentioning that. “Our main duty is to create a conducive atmosphere to ensure that athletes to perform to the best of their ability.
An Official must not only understand and interpret the rules but also understand the role of various stakeholders such as administrators, coach and spectators.
The presenters on the day included the CGA Track and Field Chairperson Maggie Dicks who covered both the official opening of the symposium and important aspects to pay attention to when hosting an athletics competition.
To allow for discussion of rules the main section of the Symposium, CGA Technical Committee member Bruce Mpela facilitated group discussion and the following topics were assigned to the 7 groups: Road Running, Starters, Throws, Call Room, Horizontal Jumps, Time Keeping, Lap Scores.
A report back section from each group was very interesting with different perspective view on the implementation and understanding of the rules. Khumalo reiterated that the officials must note report back on the rule but report back on the challenges and advantages of the given rule.
In closing, General Manager of Central Gauteng Athletics, Mandla Radebe emphasised on the importance of officials’ knowledge and empowerment. As it was an inauguration event we will ensure that it is an annual programme over two days. He further referred to the notion that an athletics event is a show and all role players must play their part to excite the spectators and in turn be able to attract sponsorships.