TRACK & FIELD NEWS

Track and Field Open League Meeting plays a key role in building up the talent in Germiston Stadium

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.

Central Gauteng Athletics:
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Central Gauteng Athletics kicks off the 2019/20 Track & Field Season

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:
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CGA Development Track and Field Meeting – 21 September 2019 Germiston Stadium

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.

Central Gauteng Athletics:
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CGA Empowering Athletes With Knowledge

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:
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Central Gauteng Athletics celebrated women’s participation in sport

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!

Central Gauteng Athletics:
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CGA hosts Provincial Symposium at Sports House

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.

Central Gauteng Athletics:
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CGA support the Gauteng Rural Sport Development Programme

Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts and Recreation held the Gauteng Rural Sport Development Programme games with participation from rural Schools within Gauteng three traditional councils; Tshwane, West Rand and Sedibeng district. The districts competed for Championship Medals and Trophy in the athletics events of Track and Field that took place for over two days on Monday and Tuesday, 17 – 18 June 2019 at UJ Athletics Stadium in Johannesburg.

Central Gauteng Athletics Development Department supported the Rural Sports Games because of its primary objective of promoting athletics in every corner of the Province and to uncover the talent in the most rural areas which might be overlooked or ignored.

The Director of Sport Development at Gauteng Sport, Arts, Culture & Recreation, Mrs Marrissa Rose was amongst the officials on hand to witness the thrills and spills of the games and award medals and trophies to the participants.

During the interview with Mrs Marrissa Rose said: “The programme aims to revive the interest of sport within communities, increase participation and identify talented athletes, and also enhance the level of performance of talented athletes and coaches as well as to increase the rate of sports development within the province.”

Please find attached results here.

Central Gauteng Athletics:
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Memo to Club (June 2019)

Dear Club Secretaries

1. 2019 Permanent Licenses Payment

We would like to thank all the clubs that have paid for their 2019 Permanent licenses. Please note that the due date to pay 2019 Permanent Licenses is the 31st of March 2019. We have noted that there is still a large number of clubs that have not paid for their 2019 Permanent Licenses. Please ensure that your club has paid to avoid penalties or possible disqualification of your athletes at races. A list of clubs that still have an outstanding payment according to our records will be circulated by mid-June 2019.

When making a payment, please use your full club name as the reference and send the proof of payment to the office.

 

2. 2019 Fees for Licenses

Permanent license fees for 2019:

  • Seniors: R120.00
  • Juniors: R60.00 (birth certificate must be submitted)

 

3. Clubs are requested to take note of the below time frames for 2019

Licenses that are taken on Credit to be paid in by the 31 March 2019. We will, however, appreciate if clubs pay in advance for their licenses
Any unused licenses must be returned to CGA not later than the 31 March 2019
Any new member license must be paid in cash.
Athletes registration forms must be uploaded on the new database system against each member profile (this is important for insurance purposes and as per ASA circular)

 

4. CGA New Database System

We have noted that very few clubs and athletes 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)

Should you need any information or have queries, please contact Katlego Mabe at 011 873 2726 or send an email to mabe@centralgautengathletics.co.za.

 

5. CGA New Banking Details

Please be informed that Central Gauteng Athletics has changed the bank to First National Bank as from the 1 of December 2012. All payments must be made to the below account details. Please use your full club name as the payment reference.

  • Account Name: Central Gauteng Athletics
  • Account Number 62383418326
  • Beneficiary Reference: (Your full club name)
  • Bank: FNB
  • Branch: Germiston
  • Branch Code: 250 142
  • Account Type: Cheque Account

 

6. 2020 CGA Road Final Draft Fixtures

As part of a process to align and verify applications received and approval thereof for the 2020 Road running Calendar, clubs are requested to make corrections and submit them not later than the 17 June 2019 to mandla@centralgautengathletics.co.za.

Once the Board has approved the fixtures, a formal approval letter will be sent to the respective clubs and they will be expected to reply with the acceptance letter for the allocated and approved date on a club letterhead.

 

7. Coaches and Technical Officials Courses

Central Gauteng Athletics will be hosting National Technical Officials and Coaches course Level 1 and 2 during the month of July 2019. These courses are part of our annual capacity building programmes which is aimed at improving the performance of the province both by Officials and coaches.

Technical Officials Course (National Level 1 and 2):

  • Date: 5 to 7 July 2019
  • Time: 09h00- 16h00 daily
  • Venue: CGA Board Room, Germiston Stadium

Coaches Course (National Level 1 and 2):

  • Date: 12 to 14 July 2019
  • Time: 09h00- 16h00 daily
  • Venue: CGA Board Room, Germiston Stadium

Registration is officially open for coaches and technical officials interested to attend these important courses for the development of the province. The registration forms are attached.

 

8. Documents and information attached for easy reference:

  • CGA Athlete Registration System User Manual
  • 2020 CGA Road Running Final Draft Fixtures
  • Coaches and Technical Officials Course Registration forms

For any further information on the above, please contact the office at 011 873 2726 or mandla@centralgautengathletics.co.za

Links to relevant documents:

Kind regards,

Central Gauteng Athletics:
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CGA To Host The 2019 Senior National Championships

Central Gauteng Athletics (CGA) will be hosting the Sizwe Medical Fund & 3Sixtylife ASA Senior Track and Field and Combined Events Championships at Germiston Athletics Stadium. The championships will be over three days from the 25 to 27 April 2019.

The championships will see the best in athletics convening in the City of Ekurhuleni to register once again great performances. This prestigious event comes a few months before the final team is selected to represent South Africa at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar which will be held on the 28 September to 6 October 2019.

CGA as host province has selected an exceptional team to represent the provinces following the provincial championships late last month which produces great performances. CGA President and chairperson of the organising Committee confirmed that preparations are going well and looking forward to great performances.
Spectator tickets will be available at the gate at an entry fee of R50 per person and free secured parking available.

Click here to see the Event Programme.