2016 News

Sensational Mthembu breaks SA 100km record in stunning World Champs silver charge
In what could be seen as the highlight of ultra-distance running in South Africa for 2016, the Elite Athlete Development Programme’s Bongmusa Mthembu along with fellow South Africans Gift Khelele, David Gatebe and Rufus Photo were the strongest overall team at the recent IAU 100km World Championships in Spain last week.

Life-changing few months for KZN’s Schoeman
In an Olympic year the calibre of nominees for the KwaZulu-Natal Sportsman of the Year is often at its finest and for Olympic bronze medallist and rising triathlon star Henri Schoeman, who has played runner-up to Chad le Clos and Hank McGregor in the past, finally claiming the prestigious award in 2016 was a dream come true.

EADP sweep the SA medals at World Marathon Champs
The recent ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Brandeburg, Germany provided the ideal platform for South African paddlers to thrive on the international stage and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation backed Elite Athlete Development Programme shone as they scooped six of the medals won by Team South Africa.


Prime medical team rescues Henri Schoeman’s Olympic bronze
With South African sport fans celebrating the Olympic bronze medal won by triathlete Henri Schoeman, light has been shone on the combined efforts of a team of Prime Human Performance Institute’s medical experts that played a pivotal role in ensuring the Elite Athlete Development Programme member’s podium performance in Rio de Janeiro.

Elite Athlete Development Programme celebrates maiden Olympic medal
Durban North triathlete and Elite Athlete Development Programme (EADP) member, Henri Schoeman’s bronze medal in the Men’s Triathlon at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday comes as the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation backed programme’s first ever Olympic medal.

EADP stars eye Paralympic success
As the 31st scheduled Olympic Games starts to build momentum in the carnival city of Rio de Janeiro Paralympic athletes start their final preparations for the 14th edition of the para-sport spectacle with Elite Athlete Development Programme stars Kevin Paul and Tyrone Pillay hoping to make their mark at the showpiece event in Rio from 7-18 September.

Week two offers EADP athletes more chances to shine in Rio
As the first week of a pulsating Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro comes to an end, KwaZulu-Natal’s Elite Athlete Development Programme has seen a number of their own athletes shine in their respective disciplines as the games’ focus shifts from the swimming pool to the athletics track with the track and field programme getting under way this weekend.

EADP’s Hatherly realises remarkable Olympic Dream
Elite Athlete Development Programme member Alan Hatherly’s Olympic Dream will become a reality in Rio de Janeiro in August when he represents the South African in the cross country mountain biking clash at the 2016 Olympic Games despite being just 20 years old.

Altitude training vital cog in Ho & Meyer’s Olympic dreams
As team South Africa long distance swimmers, Chad Ho and Matthew Meyer enter the final phase of their build up campaigns to the 2016 Olympic Games which get underway in Rio de Janeiro in less than a month’s time, the pair continue to place great emphasis on the inclusion of cardiovascular benefitting simulated altitude training.

Weber overcomes odds as Olympic dream becomes reality
Trials and tribulations have haunted talented Durban-based long distance swimmer, Michelle Weber throughout her life and whilst these obstacles have been difficult to overcome, Weber recently cast them aside as she qualified for the 10km open water swim at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Comrades accolades for EADP stars
The Elite Athlete Development Programme supported by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation is celebrating reaching it’s goal of three top ten finishers at the recent Comrades Marathon, spearheaded by third placed Bongmusa Mthembu, who ran a time faster than his 2014 winning time, while at the same time seeing Siphiwe Ndlela and Fikile Mbuthuma further establish themselves as ultra-marathon stars.

EADP grows in stature with fresh athlete intake
The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation backed Elite Athlete Development Programme (EADP) has named the new list of athletes that will be on the programme for the 2016/2017 year with a large portion of the province’s up and coming athletes retaining their spot on the elite sport initiative, or being added to the line-up.

EADP stars heading for Rio
As the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro draws closer the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation backed Elite Athlete Development Programme (EADP) is celebrating a healthy number of athletes already qualified to represent Team South Africa at the Games in August, proving an indicator that the pioneering collaboration is yielding significant results earlier than expected.

Ndlela eyeing top Comrades performance
The Comrades Marathon fever is building with a month to go until one of the largest Ultra-Marathon’s in the world and for two-time finisher Siphiwe Ndlela, the lofty heights of the race’s top ten are within his sights ahead of the 89 kilometre race’s start in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, 29 May.

Brown’s Olympic dream becomes a reality
After the agonising disappointment of missing out on the London Olympic Games four years ago, the elation of qualifying for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro has outweighed the disappointment for Elite Athlete Development Programme swimming star Myles Brown who will represent South Africa at the world showpiece in August.

Kingdom Stars prepped for exciting 2016 season
With their agonising defeat in the 2015 Brutal Fruit Netball Cup promotion match now a distant memory, the Kingdom Stars have been hard at work preparing for their assault on the larger, more competitive 2016 edition which gets underway with an opening clash against the Eastern Cape Aloes this weekend.

Judo world at young Martin’s feet
15 year old schoolgirl Jasmine Martin is taking the national and international judo stage by storm and has her sights firmly set on a Commonwealth gold medal this year as part of her Olympic dreams.

Nkhoesa’s miracle return ends with 2016 FNB Dusi podium
Elite Athlete Development Programme paddling star Banetse Nkhoesa defied the odds at the 2016 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon to recover from a severe stabbing in December and finish the three-day adventure in third place overall with partner Sbonelo Khwela.

An inspirational return to action for paddling star Nkhoesa
Emerging Shongweni based paddling star Banetse Nkhoesa is on track to completing a near miraculous recovery from a serious shoulder and lung injury from a December stabbing incident and has the KwaZulu-Natal’s Elite Athlete Development Programme to thank for being able to take his place on the FNB Dusi start line on Thursday 18 February

SA Coach of the Year backing the EADP
With a number of the country’s top swimmers under his tutelage it seemed fit that swimming coach Graham Hill was awarded the Coach of the Year award at the 2015 South African Sports Awards and the renowned mentor praised the work that the Elite Athlete Development Programme has done for his swimmers.

Madida gearing up for massive 2016
Having had a taste of the big time in 2015 when he went to the World BMX Championships in Belgium, 16 year old Klaarwater’s based BMX star Manqoba Madida has his sights set on another trip to the world showpiece in Colombia in May 2016.

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