Change a life Paddling:
A ten strong Change a Life Team travelled down to the Berg Canoe Marathon, half of which was made up of the up and coming Juniors in the Change a Life Team. What a great opportunity for them to be on a road trip to the Wine region of South Africa. This Berg Canoe race was made so much tougher by the wet and extreme cold conditions paddlers had to endure. Thanks to Hi-Tec for couriering Herman base layers and Boreas wind breakers to the boys upon their arrival in Paarl. Eric finished Day 1 in the sort after top 10 but then had two unfortunate swims in the icy waters on Day 2 and struggled to recover from that, finishing 17th. However after four days Eric finished 13th overall. Similarly 2013 race winner Lance King had a swim at Daljosofat weir and subsequently cramped profusely, dropping back to 16th. All in all, a most encouraging performance from a young team, with final results of 8 Change a Life paddlers in the top 44. The highlight being Change a Life scooping 1st, 2nd & 3rd overall in the U18 Junior category.

Sent Lucas to a two day Development Coaching Summit which I attended as well and did a presentation on sustainable development.

As mentioned last month, a mentally disturbed person broke 8 Change a Life paddles in the equipment container for no apparent reason. I would like to order new paddles.

RMB Change a Life Cycling:

July has been quite a busy racing month with John and I racing the World Master Mtb Champs in Pmb. Undoubtedly the toughest75km one day Mtb race I have ever done, with 750m elevation gain in the first 12km for a warm up. John and I placed 9th & 6th in our respective age categories.

The following week, Bongumusa, John & Sipho cycled in the 45km Holla Trails Mtb Classic. A lot of single track made it most enjoyable. A great ride saw John place 2nd overall, with Bongumusa 3rd U 23 rider. To add value to his day’s training, John cycled 87km back to the Team House in the valley.

The RMB CAL Zulus were very excited to ride a new race called the Durban Stars. With big prize money, as expected the pros arrived on the day – Rourke Croeser (SA X-Country Champ) & Brendon Davids, which upped the ante. Sthembiso rode like a machine in the second bunch, coming 5th overall having been in a group 3rd to 6th. John came 7th & 2nd subvet, Mboneni 8th, Bongumsa 13th, newcomer Siyanda 24th.

CAL Running:

The ten strong Change a Life Trail running team competed in the 8km & 17km Sportmans Warehouse Trail run in Pmb.
17km 3rd-Joe (CAL Run assistant), 4th-Mthobisi (CAL) and 5th-Noyo (CAL). In the 8km, juniors 1st-Thobani(CAL), 2nd-Siyabonga(CAL), 4th-Mxolisi(CAL), 5th-Phaka(CAL), 8th-Mvelo(CAL). Then in the 8km seniors, 1st-Kwanda (CAL), 2nd-Boyboy (CAL).

The next Trail took part in their backyard, the Crazy Store 1000 Hills Trail Run. Here CAL dominated the top positions, placing 1st, 2nd & 3rd in the 10km and 20 km races. Receiving prize money for their efforts put huge smiles on their faces 
The rankings are an important tool, but they’re also a tool that can easily be abused

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