2015 News

KZN Coach of the Year not looking back

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.


Du Toit’s stellar 2015 the start of bigger things

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.


Golden night at KZN Sports Awards for EADP

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.


Para-triathlete Crawford to ride 947 Challenge for cerebral palsy

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.


Blake’s star continues to rise

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.


Ward pushing to higher heights after incredible 2015

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.


All-Africa Games reignite Warnes’ Olympic dream

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.


EADP helping Mkhoma get his golfing groove

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.


Sweeney’s turbulent journey smoothing out

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.


EADP helps judo star Mntungwa realise potential

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.


Pillay feels EADP gains

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.


EADP helping Ho reach his dreams

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.


EADP assisting future KZN athletics stars realise their goals

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.


Hatherly primed for strong World Champs showing

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.


Biyase’s road to recovery paved by EADP and Prime

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.


The rise and rise of the Kingdom Stars

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.


Gwala’s past not halting his pursuit for the future

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.


Maphumulo making waves in Durban’s surf

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.


EADP helping Ntaka make a splash

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.


Deyzel setting himself for the big league

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.


Jessop on track after broken back

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.


Big year ahead for Schoeman

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.


Crawford taking big strides with EADP

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.


Injury halts EADP’s Dusi champ at Non-Stop hurdle

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.


EADP celebrates exceptional results from first year

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.

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