Change a Life OCTOBER 2013 Update….

Change a Life Paddling
A new race hosted by Natal Canoe Club started at the “real start of Dusi” and finishing on top of the first big Dusi portage at Bishopestowe Hall. This unique mountain top finish was well suited to the Change a Life Zulus. First was Dusi 2014 favourites CAL Eric Zondi/Andrew Birkett, CAL Nhlanhla Cele/Michael Mbanjwa, CAL Lucas Mthalane/Mmeli Cele.
The following week the Change a Life Zulus hosted the two day Dam2Dam Canoe Race on the Umngeni River. A very technical river which had many inexperienced canoeists breaking boats and so a long couple of days out on the river for the CAL Zulus, rescuing/fixing canoes.
This weekend a strong Change a Life contingent are travelling to Gauteng to take part in Gautengs premiere Canoe Race, the two day Vaal Canoe Marathon.

Samsa have bought Canoes/paddles/lifejackets for a new CAL paddling Academy at Inanda Dam, so now youngsters can begin learning the challenging sport of paddling. On the 9th of November they are having a spit braai at the dam to symbolise the start of this new Academy.

RMB Change a Life Mtb team
The RMB CAL Zulus MTB Team drove up to Bergville to take part in the infamous Berg and Bush 3 day Mtb Stage Race. Big climbs (most famous being the vertical ascent of Spionkop Mnt) and technical single track were the order of each day. The results turned a lot of heads and got the upcountry (Gauteng) Mtb folk suddenly asking who are these incredibly talented Black youngsters.
7th – John Ntuli/Stembiso Masango
14th – Mart/Jeannie
22 – Thambani/Bongumusa
25 – Sizwe/Sabelo
83 – Celumusa/Nhlanhla

The next week we travelled to Ballito to ride the one day Gears4Ears 50km Mtb race.
It was here Change a Life got their best results ever, albeit only a local Kzn race.
3-John, 4-Sizwe, 5-Thembani, 6-Stembiso, 15-Bongumusa, 17-Mvelisi, 22-Mart.

Change a Life Running League
The Schools X-Country runs have been put on hold with Schools writing exams, however as soon as exams are over, Change a Life is hosting an Inter Schools X-Country Championships at Nagle Dam which the kids absolutely love.


Change a Life Paddling
Big smiles for Eric Zondi as he earned a quick R3000 for use of his photo in a 3 month Hansa Dusi Ad campaign. Eric ventured down to the Cape to paddle the Breede River Canoe Marathon (Capes biggest K2 race) with Lance King – placing 7th.
Lucas travelled in his car to Richards Bay and won the Zululand Kayak Race with his Dusi partner, Mmeli Cele.
The big race of the month was the Ngwenya Challenge (Dusi start to Motor X track – 14km downstream), as this is used as a trial for the Development paddlers to go to the second biggest canoe race in SA – Fish River Canoe Marathon in the Eastern Cape. Change a Life junior star Mthobisi Cele won overall with his partner Damon Stamp. Lucas & Mmeli – 2nd, Mpilo & Nkosi – 2nd in U16, Khumbulani & Syanda – 3rd in U18. Skhumbuso & Nhlanhla also placed in the top 10.
Unfortunately Kwanda Mhlophe could not go to the Fish Canoe Marathon, as he is currently writing exams for his Sports Management Diploma – in which he is doing very well.
A while back, Samsa showed a keen interest to sponsor a new CAL paddling Academy at Inanda Dam, so I have been spending some time there, assisting some youngsters with paddling. It is very much in the embryo stage with no new equipment purchased as yet. On the 28th of Sept they are having a spit braai at the dam for 300 kids to come witness what this canoeing thing is all about.

RMB Change a Life Mtb team
At the beginning of this month, I had the privilege of taking part in the legendary Change a Life Cycle tour through Swaziland & Northern Natal. What a truly remarkable event – hats off to all execs claiming the 220km day 1 in stifling heat.
Two RMB CAL Zulus rode in the prestigious 8 day Jozi2Kozi Mtb race. Although regarded as more of a mtb experience than a race, Mbongumusa placed 3rd overall and Mvelisi 8th. Both represented their team with flying colours – had great report backs re their behaviour on & off the bike.
The team’s big focus of this month was the super tough 100km Hill2Hill Mtb race, not for the faint hearted. That’s where our RMB CAL Dev team separates itself from other Dev Teams – in that it is capable of taking on this immense challenge head on, where the other Dev riders in Kzn, gravitated to the shorter 45km distance.
Out of 744 finishers in the Ultra, the RMB CAL Zulus placed as follows:
John Ntuli – 34, Sizwe-37, Thembane-43, Vela-84, Sabelo-85, Stembiso-98, Nhlanhla-104, Mthobisi-112, Syanda(novice)-180. Unfortunately Mboneni had a horrendous crash in the first 6km and had to be ambulanced to hospital with a dislocated right shoulder, broken left wrist, 5 stitches on his upper lip & a closed swollen right eye. Fortunately he is recovering well.

Change a Life Running League
This month started with weekly runs, but then with exams and now School Holidays, School X-Country Runs got put on hold. Having said that, two black persons hosted a 33km run in the Valley with prize money sponsored by the local Taxi Bosses. When race day approached, they panicked and asked if Change a Life could please assist with logistics as this was the first time they were organising a race. CAL put marshals on the course and manned USN water stops amongst adding value in other areas.
Joe, who won the last CAL Inter-Schools X-country, came first – to his delight, winning R2000. An outside pro runner was 2nd. Mthobisi Cele from CAL was 3rd (R500), with CAL John Ntuli 4th.
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