Canoeing coach Craig Mustard winning the award for Coach of the Year at the recent KwaZulu-Natal Sports Awards has been warmly welcomed by the province’s Elite Athlete Development Programme as Mustard heads up the Pietermaritzburg satellite unit at Camps Drift.
Wartburg schoolgirl cycling superstar Frankie du Toit is taking time to reflect on a hugely successful year in 2015, and setting her sights on her Rio de Janeiro Olympic dream in 2016.
The 2015 KwaZulu-Natal Sports Awards took place at the International Convention Centre in Durban this past weekend with no fewer than five Elite Athlete Development Programme (EADP) athletes winning awards across a variety of categories.
Up and coming para-triathlete Sebastian Crawford will take on the gruelling Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge in the name of The Paige Project this weekend to raise funds for children that suffer from cerebral palsy.
While 2015 has been a watershed year in the fledgling career of young middle distance runner Lee-anne Blake, the 14 year-old remains highly focused and firmly grounded as she aims to improve in 2016 and beyond.
Last year the paddling world sat up and took notice of Durban based paddler Jenna Ward when she ground her way to a bronze medal in the Under-23 women’s K1 race at the 2014 ICF World Marathon Championships however the youngster’s fledgling international career has bloomed in 2015 and she is looking to press on even further in 2016.
A gold and bronze medal at the recent All-Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo suggest South African swimmer Rene Warnes’ plans of realizing her life-long dream of competing at the Olympic Games in Rio next year are back on track ahead of the crucial approaching qualification period.
As the game of golf flows through the veins of Phiwa Mkhoma, the young star in the making has his sights firmly set on making it onto the international stage and as such has been hard at work with the staff at the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation backed Elite Athlete Development Programme as he looks to take his game to the next level.
The road to recovery for up-and-coming swimming sensation Ayrton Sweeney has been a bumpy one however through sheer determination and the support of the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation backed Elite Athlete Development Programme he has his sights firmly set on qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Durban based para-judoka Smisokhule Mntungwa is using every opportunity that he has been given by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation backed Elite Athlete Development Programme to better his judo skills and meet his goal of competing internationally in the near future.
Having been born with a left leg disability, South African para-shot put star Tyrone Pillay has always appreciated any opportunities he has been given and with the help of the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation and the Elite Athlete Development Programme (EADP) he only sees himself becoming stronger, fitter and an even greater force to be reckoned with ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Having returned home from the FINA Swimming World Championships in Russia with a gold medal in the 5km open water swim Durban based Chad Ho is grateful for what the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation backed Elite Athlete Development Programme has helped him achieve and their backing for what he hopes to achieve in the future.
KZN Athletics coach Marc Labuschagne believes the hard work his athletes are currently putting in at Prime Human Performance Institute courtesy of their involvement in the Elite Athlete Development Programme will see them realise their tall yet obtainable long term expectations.
An impressive showing at the recent 2015 Stihl SA MTB Championships presented by Subaru Cape Town/Novus Holdings has confirmed the Kargo Pro MTB Team’s Alan Hatherly as the rising star of South African mountain biking and filled him with confidence ahead of the approaching 2015 UCI MTB World Championships in Vallnord, Andorra in September where he aims to claim what would be a memorable top 10 finish.
Commonwealth Games gymnast Siphesihle Biyase is fighting his way back to full fitness thanks to the support of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation backed Elite Athlete Development Programme (EADP) and Prime Human Performance Institute after a horror car crash on the N3 to Johannesburg on 8 April 2015 involving part of the KwaZulu-Natal Gymnastics team that was travelling to the National Championships left the young gymnast seriously injured.
They might have fallen agonisingly short of winning their promotion/relegation match, but the KwaZulu-Natal based Kingdom Stars has been the talk of the Brutal Fruit Premier Netball League, winning the Most Improved team award after clinching the Second Division title.
As Chesterville based rising star triathlete Mhlengi Gwala prepares for his first World Championships he is reflecting on how he managed to use swimming and triathlon to escape a life of drugs and alcohol as he pursues his new found passion and talent with the assistance of the KwaZulu Natal Department of Sport and Recreation backed Elite Athlete Development Programme.
Having cleaned up in the Under 16 girls division of the South African Still Water Lifesaving Championships as well as the surf equivalent recently, Durban Girl’s College pupil Ayanda Maphumulo has the aquatics world at her feet as she reflects on her successful campaigns ahead of her shift in focus to the pool with the help of the Elite Athlete Development Programme.
Rising star swimmer Sphephelo Ntaka from Umlazi signalled his intention to make a splash on the big time by winning six medals at the recent national Level 2 Age Group Championships, fuelling the ambition and desire of the young product of the province’s Elite Athlele Development Programme.
With his heart set on playing in the Major League, Durban based baseball star Vince Deyzel is one step closer to achieving his dream after he was recently drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates and will head to the United States to take part in their Summer programme in a few months’ time with ambition of making his trip more permanent in the years to come.
Victory at the Subaru Jowetts MTB Classic this past weekend was far more than just another race win for young mountain biking talent Julian Jessop as the 18 year-old’s feat signalled his successful overcoming of 8 July 2014’s life defining incident which left him with a broken back.
Having cruised to victory at the KwaZulu-Natal Triathlon Championships just over a fortnight ago, up-and-coming triathlete and Elite Athlete Development Programme (EADP) stalwart Henri Schoeman has a big year ahead of him as he sets his sights on the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The concept of para-triathlon is a fairly new one for Sebastian Crawford but the youngster is making waves amongst the local multi-sport community as he eyes more international competition in the future and with the support of the Elite Athlete Development Programme a Paralympic Games appearance is not too far off.
Athlete Development Programme athletes Andy Birkett, Sbonelo Khwela and Banesti Nkhoesa added to the programme’s remarkable success at the recent Dusi Canoe Marathon as the trio powered to top 10 gold medal finishes while the programme’s young Nokukhanya Shange made Dusi history in the women’s race.
The ground-breaking Elite Athlete Development Programme partnership between the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation celebrated “better than expected results” at the end of the first rear of the pioneering collaboration.