Track & Field News

CGA Women in Sports Seminar

Building up to Women’s month, Central Gauteng Athletics extend an invite to all athletics ladies and women in sports to be part of the annual Women in Sports Seminar which will be held at Protea Hotel (Parktonian) in Braamfontein on Saturday, 6 August 2016. The seminar programme will commence at 08h30 with the energetic Thandy Matlaila as host for the day.

The seminar is aimed at bringing women who are in the sports industry together, be it administratively or on the field to share experiences and how to improve the participation of women in sports. This will be the second time CGA host this seminar and based on last year’s response, more of these events are needed to empower and encourage women involvement in the sports industry.

The program is set to tackle day to day challenges faced by women in sports, topics on the day will include the following;

  • Performance of women in sports (Administration and on the field)
  • Life skills (How to balance work, family, sports, etc.)
  • Women Health Matters
  • Important of Education in sports
  • Women in sports building themselves as brands
  • Opportunities in sports

With women from different walks of sporting life sharing their experiences and how to grow themselves in an industry that is traditionally known to be dominantly a male’s industry.

Those interested to attend the seminar may simply RSVP before 03 August 2016 via email or calling CGA office at 011 873 2726.
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CGA Upcoming Capacity Building Programmes 2016

Central Gauteng Athletics will be hosting the ASA level one courses in coaching and technical officiating, later in the month the province will be hosting an Athletes workshop.

These capacity building programmes will assist in capacitating our athletes, coaches and officials in order to ensure that the integrity and performance both on and off the field of play is maintained and improved.

Details of these capacity building programmes/ courses are as follows:

  1. ASA Level One Coaches Course- 6-8 July 2016
    The CGA coaches committee will be hosting the ASA Level One Coaches Course from the 6 to 8 July 2016 at Sports House in Johannesburg Stadium.
    • Date: Wednesday 6 July to Friday 8 July 2016  
    • Time: 09h00 to 17h00 daily
    • Venue: Sports House, Johannesburg Stadium

  2. ASA Level One Technical Officials Course- 13-15 July 2016

    The CGA Technical Officials committee will be hosting the ASA Level One Technical Officials Course from the 13 to 15 July 2016 at Germiston Stadium.  

    • Date: Wednesday 13 July to Friday 15 July 2016  
    • Time: 09h00 to 17h00 daily
    • Venue: Germiston Stadium

  3. Athletes Workshop- 23 July 2016

    CGA Athletes Commission will be hosting the annual Athletes workshop on the 23 July 2016. This workshop will be very important especially because it is an Olympic Year and part of the topics will assist in preparing our athletes for conditions of international level participation. The workshop will also include topics on some of the day to day challenges our athletes face such as follows:

    • Financial Planning
    • Sponsorships and Endorsement contracts
    • Clearance Procedures
    • Anti-Doping Control- SAIDS
    • Preparations for International participation

  4. Athletes workshop will be held as follows
    • Date: Saturday,23 July 2016
    • Time: 08h30
    • Venue: Sports House, Johannesburg Stadium

We would appreciate if you could forward this invitation to your club’s athletes, coaches and Technical Officials. 

Herewith please find the attached Course registration forms and further information on how to register for the respective courses.

Top Shelf Start to ASA Sub-Youth, Junior and Under 23 Championships

LEOTLEA, VAN DER WALT STEAL LIMELIGHT ON DAY ONE

Free State’s Tharina Van der Walt, smashed the National Youth Girls' Hammer Throw record on Thursday, with a  61.18m launch to earn the gold medal, as South Africa's top age group athletes flaunted their talent on the opening day of the ASA Sub-Youth, Junior and Under-23 Championships in Germiston, Johannesburg

Van der Walt’s new record, however, remains unofficial until ratified by ASA.

Her Free State teammate Marinda Greyling (60.80) also bettered the previous SA mark of 58.19m set by Marga Cumming last year.

Sprinter Gift Leotlela was another stand-out performer with spectacular form in the U-20 Men's 100m dash, clocking 10.21 seconds in the semifinals, just 0.02 outside the SA junior record held by Akani Simbine.

The 17-year-old Gauteng North speedster, who set the national youth record of 10.20 last season, achieved Athletics South Africa's A-standard qualifying mark of 10.23 for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland in July.

He led two other athletes under the B-standard qualifier of 10.55, with Athletics North West North sprinter Phemelo Matlhabe crossing the line in 10.42 and Ethan Noble of Western Province clocking 10.53.

Malesela Senona (Gauteng North) also put up his hand in the Youth Boys' semifinals, covering the short sprint in 10.49.

In the Junior Women's 100m heats, Tamzin Thomas of Western Province (11.59), Madia Ehlers of Gauteng North (11.64), Jean-Marie Vermeulen of Griqualand West (11.74) and Cassidy Williamson of KwaZulu-Natal (11.74) all dipped under the B-qualifying standard of 11.80.

In other events, Jeanelle Griesel of Gauteng North clocked 54.68 in the Junior Women's 400m heats, dipping under the B-standard of 55.25 for the global championships, while fellow Gauteng North one-lap specialist Abongile Nkunkumana (47.22) and Central Gauteng's Derrick Mokaleng (47.24) went under the required men's standard of 47.70.

Distance runner Ikageng Gaorekwe also achieved the B-standard in his discipline (9:10.00), winning the Junior Men's 3 000m Steeplechase in 9:09.82.

The 100m finals in the various age divisions will be held on Friday, the second day of competition.

“We are speechless about what happened here today,” said a satisfied Aleck Skhosana, the President of ASA.

“What we saw is in line with our predictions that this will be an exciting and action-packed Championship. The high performances are an indication that our athletes are taking the challenge to qualify serious.

“This offers opportunities to the Southern Region Youth Track and Field Championships in Lesotho (April 30 - May 1), the Southern Region Junior Track and Field Championships in Zambia (June 4-5) and the IAAF World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz (July 19-24).

“It’s also a launching pad for the U-23 division to major open events such as the ASA Senior T&F and Combined Events Championships in Stellenbosch (April 15-16), the CAA Senior T&F Championships in Durban (June 22-26) and the Olympic Games in Rio (August 16-21).”

Ends

For further comments, contact:
ASA President: Aleck Skhosana
072 014 7660 or 083 789 8877

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