TRACK & FIELD NEWS
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.
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:
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.
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.
- NO MASK. NO ENTRY!
- SANITIZE YOUR HANDS AT ALL TIMES
- KEEP SOCIAL DISTANCE OF 2 METRES AT ALL TIMES
- ALL ATHLETES MUST HAVE TWO VALID 2020 ASA LICENSE NUMBER – NO TEMPORARY LICENSES WILL BE ON SALE
- NO SPECTATORS AT THE EVENT
- COVID-19 HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE TO BE COMPLETED BY ATHLETES, TECHNICAL OFFICIALS AND REGISTERED COACHES BEFORE ENTERING THE STADIUM (SEE THE ATTACHED FORM)
- ONLY PRE-ENTRIES, NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY OF COMPETITION. ENTRY FEE IS R20 PER ATHLETE
- ONLY PRE-REGISTERED AND AFFILIATED ASA/CGA COACHES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE STADIUM
- NO COACH WILL BE ALLOWED INSIDE THE COMPETITION AREA
- ATHLETES TO REPORT ONE HOUR BEFORE THEIR EVENT TO THE OUTSIDE CALLROOM (REGISTRATION TABLE)
- NO FOOD/TUCKSHOP WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE STADIUM. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN REFRESHMENTS
- WARM-UP AREA WILL BE ON LONG JUMP AND POLE VAULT RUN-UP AT THE BACK OF THE TRACK
- FIELD ATHLETES MUST MAKE SURE THE IMPLEMENT ARE SANITIZED BEFORE EACH ATTEMPT
- ONLY 4 ATTEMPTS FOR ALL FIELD EVENTS AND HIGH JUMP AS PER THE RULES
- ALL SPRINT EVENTS ONLY 4 ATHLETES PER HEAT WILL BE ALLOWED
- ALL MIDDLE DISTANCE RACES ONLY 10 ATHLETES PER HEAT
- 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
Central Gauteng Athletics Track & Field events are returning in November and December! View the attached documents below for more information on the upcoming events.
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.
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.
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.