Archive for June 2012
The shift of my Change a Life Academy to develop a new batch of younger paddlers has been so rewarding. In the valley , so large a group of enthusiastic youngsters have been coming to training, that I needed another pair of ‘watchful eyes’, so have appointed an assistant coach, Mmeli Cele to assist current coach Lucas Mthalane.
At the end of April, Change a Life sent the ten best kids on a road-trip to participate in the SA Schools Sprint Championships at Roodeplaat Dam outside Pretoria. A big thank you to George Corbett from Europcar for sponsoring the Quantum vehicle to transport the team there.
The results speak for themselves….
Change a Life got 8 SA Champ medals with star performances going to the U16 paddlers -
- Mthobisi Cele & Ndumiso Ngcobo and the U14 paddlers – Mpilo Zondi & Nkosi Gcabashe
- Another bronze medal for Change a Life with Mpilo Zondi in u/14 K1 5000m at the SA School Champs in Gauteng.
· Sprints now over, the CAL kids are now training for Marathon, and if all goes well at the Kzn Marathon Champs, some could be on their way to compete at the SA Marathon Champs in Cape Town in June.
· Most of my senior CAL Zulus are spending time on their bicycles and also running – in preparation for Multisport run/cycle/paddle) and cycle races come June to November.
· KZN Duathlon Champs -10km run/40km bike/5km run.
John Ntuli placed 1st in the Elite Category and newcomers to this sport – Sizwe placed 5th overall however finished an incredible 1st in his Age group, winning a Gold Medal. Then novice Mzamo came in 7th overall. Well done to the Zulus of a Thousand Hills….
· John Ntuli placed the highest of my Team in the 45km Eston Husqvarna Mtb race, coming 5th overall Sizwe and Kwanda were my next best. Mzamo placed well in the Trail run option at this event.
- Sizwe is a youngster with immense talent – I have high hopes of him next year, riding the toughest Mtb race in the World,
the 8 day Absa Cape-Epic Mtb race.
Sizwe wrote to me on Sunday night and made
me chuckle, not easy to read but straight from the heart nonetheless: “Hey mart i want to say thank
you about the joining fee and the lunch money but the bod news was that l was
Sforting of the lasf batsh thot is F. and the thinys hove changed because l was
leading bash F and out did my self and caught up with the people from bash B.
would you tell you wife that her bike was moving like a car and that bike is
very fast tell her that thank u very much. And after the race we went to the
race organisers to say tgank u and thank’s mart for everything and chese mart.
Is from Sizwe”.
· The 14 CAL Schools participating in the X-Country Runs are keeping my CAL Zulus busy during the week, giving them a means of earning some ‘pocket money’ in an area with zero income earning opportunity. We are building up to
the big CAL Inter Schools competition in a few weeks on the 22nd of June.