KZNA announces selection criteria for provincial teams

KZN Athletics has announced its Selection Policy to guide the selection of track and field teams for several national events. The events include the Athletics SA Sub-Youth (14/15), Youth (16/17), Junior (18/19) and U23 Championships to be held in Gauteng from 31 March to 2 April 2016. It will also provide guidelines for the team that will be selected for the ASA Senior Championship that take place in Stellenbosch from 15 to 16 April, 2016.

KZNA High Performance coach Marc Labuschagne said the aim of KZNA Selection Policy for the SA Sub-Youth, Youth, Junior, U23 and Senior Championships, was to enter a quality team to represent the province.

“The policy is aligned with ASA’s Strategic Plan (2013-2016) and specifically aims to facilitate the predetermined outcomes,” said Labuschagne. “These outcomes include selecting athletes that are realistic medal contenders at National Championships; selecting athletes that are realistic top 8 finishers at National Championships; and providing major championship experience to potential future Olympic and World Championship contenders.”

The document states the following:


 All athletes who wish to be considered for Selection into the KZN Team for the ASA Championships need to fulfill the following criteria:

  1. Participation at the 2016 KZN Championship is COMPULSORY for an athlete to be considered for selection to ASA National Championships.
  2. Should an athlete be unable to participate at the KZN Championships due to injury, it will be the athlete/coach’s responsibility to notify KZNA of the nature of the injury and provide valid supporting medical documentation before the KZN championships.
  3. Failure to adhere to the above rule will deem an athlete ineligible for selection due to non-participation at the KZN Championship.
  4. Only qualification performances achieved from the 1st January 2016 up to, and including, the KZN Championships will be taken into consideration.
  5. Only KZNA sanctioned events will be considered for selection purposes. School events cannot be considered as these events are not organised under the auspices of KZN Athletics.
  6. Performances outside the province will only be considered if the event was an ASA (or IAAF) sanctioned event (school events will not be considered).
  7. Please note that track performances timed electronically will be looked on favorably but hand times from KZNA sanctioned events will be considered using the standard deviation of 0.24sec to convert hand to electronic times. (All hand times MUST first be rounded up to the nearest tenth of a second to allow for the conversion).
  8. Performances achieved in mixed (including male and female participants) track and field events will not be accepted. Only mixed track events from 3000m and longer will be accepted. The only exception to this rule will be where the organisers (KZNA) have combined the events in advance.
  9. Wind assisted performances will not be accepted. This ruling applies to short sprints/hurdles, long jump and triple jump.
  10. There are no minimum league requirements for entering the KZN Championships or being eligible for KZNA team selection. The minimum requirement is participation at the KZN Championships. However, participation at leagues will give selectors a track record of your performances.
  11. The KZNA Executive Committee must ratify all teams that will represent the province at National Championships.

For the list of qualifying time please download the full document under the Recent Downloads section or copy this link into your browser:

KZNA pulls out top performance at national youth championships


KwaZulu-Natal Athletics is confident that it’s junior development is on track after a strong showing at the Primary Youth Interprovincial Athletics Championships in Gauteng.

Team KZN finished in second place at the event that was hosted at Germiston Stadium in the City of Ekurhuleni on the 21st of November this year. Team Kwa-Zulu Natal has never finished this high in the competition before and they  as a province will be hosting next year’s athletics event.

“We are very proud of the achievement by these youngsters and we look to the future with renewed optimism now,” said KZN Athletics president Sello Mokoena. “Over the past few years we have taken a long hard look at our programmes and have put in place structures to ensure that we can produce exciting new talent. This result shows us that our effort are bearing fruit.”

Out of the eight teams that competed, Team KZN bagged 27 medals in total, with 11 gold, 10 silver and 6 bronze medals. Gauteng North topped the log with 56 medals bagging 16 gold, and in third place was Central Gauteng Athletics with 29 including 9 gold.

Fourth was Athletics Central North West with 28 medals including 9 gold; fifth was Athletics Vaal Triangle with 17 medals including  7 gold. Limpopo ended sixth with 1 bronze while Athletics Transkei and North West North did not claim any medals.

Although team KZNA placed second, they will be looking at keeping form and potentially moving up the ladder when they play hosts next year.

KZN Athletics head coach Marc Labuschagne said the province took these competitions very seriously and wanted to consistently be among the top provinces. “Yes we are certainly very happy with our performances but we know that we have to continue to improve if we are to be consistent at these national events. We want to produce the best athletes in the country and more than that ensure that we have athletes that can go on to compete internationally.”

Track and Field League cancelled due to venue unavailability

The KZN Athletics Track and Field League B scheduled to take place on Saturday, 14 November 2015 has unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the non-availability of a suitable venue. The next League B event will take place on 21 November 2015 at the Chatsworth Stadium, 97 Camillus Avenue, Chatsworth, Durban. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. For more information contact  Mzo Gumede on 031 312 9374.

Date set for Primary Youth Champs

The Primary Youth Championships will be held on Sunday 1 November 2015 at the Chatsworth Stadium. The event is scheduled to start at 09H00 and the programme will follow the same format as the leagues.

Further information with regards to the programme will be published on the website on Thursday 22 October.

We would like to inform all involved that the decision to host the event on a Sunday was not our intention but, unfortunately, due to the lack of suitable, available venues that can accommodate electronic timing, we have been placed in a position where we need to ensure the offering to the clubs, athletes and coaches is the best available.

We look forward to an exciting programme and trust you will enjoy the day with your children and athletes.

All the best for the upcoming event.

Kind regards
Marc Labuschagne
KZNA: Head Coach

New 2015 Track & Field Sub-Youth Fixtures

Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control, KZNA has been put in a position where we have to seek alternative competition venues for the upcoming sub-youth leagues and championships.

After consultation with schools, clubs and tertiary institutions we have managed to secure a number of venues we are confident will provide a safe environment for the athletes and spectators.

Please note the dates and venues below:

19 Sept Saturday KZN SY L1 08H30 – 16H00 Matatiele (KEHS)
26 Sept Saturday KZN SY L2 08H30 – 16H00 TBC (Provisionally Sax Young)
3 Oct Saturday KZN SY L3 08H30 – 16H00 Ladysmith (LHS)
10 Oct Saturday KZN SY L4 08H30 – 16H00 Chatsworth
17 Oct Saturday KZN SY L5 08H30 – 16H00 Sax Young (PMB)
31 Oct Saturday KZN SY Champs 08H30 – 17H00 TBC

As is evident from the table above, there are still 2 venues we are currently confirming and will update the web page as soon as we have managed to do so.

We ask for your co-operation and understanding during this frustrating period. We wish to ensure all schools and clubs that we are committed to providing opportunities for all our athletes to participate and will ensure that every competition is run smoothly and in accordance with IAAF rules.

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

Sub-Youth League Meeting Postponed

Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control we have been forced to cancel the first scheduled sub-youth league meeting that was scheduled to take place on Saturday 5th September 2015.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience that may arise from this notification.

We would, however, also like to make it clear that due to necessary renovations to the Kings Park Stadium by the local municipality, we have had to reschedule some of the events to other stadia. Due to the lack of available venues that can safely host league meetings we have had to choose our dates and venues extremely carefully, ensuring that the safety of the athletes, officials and spectators is first and foremost.

Please consult the KZNA webpage for updates as we may still be forced to seek alternative venues due to unavailability of competition venues.

We thank you for your support during this frustrating period and trust you understand the logistical difficulties we are in the process of negotiating.

Yours sincerely
Marc Labuschagne

Bolt edges Gatlin at World Champs

Usain Bolt watched Justin Gatlin dominate the sprints for nearly two years going into the World Championships, the two Olympic 100m champions notably never racing against each other in that span, writes
In their first race together since Gatlin’s last defeat, the American led halfway through the Worlds 100m final in Beijing on Sunday.
Bolt gritted his teeth for his last few strides. Gatlin, two lanes to his right, stumbled slightly. His arms flailed. Bolt noticed. When they both leaned into the finish line, Bolt had regained (or perhaps retained) his champion status, with his slowest winning time in an Olympic or Worlds 100m final and by his smallest margin — .01.
“I could tell [Gatlin] kind of fell apart the last part of the race,” Bolt said with a chuckle on BBC Radio.
In what could be called an upset, Bolt stole the World title from Gatlin — 9.79 seconds to 9.80. It was Bolt’s fastest time since Aug. 11, 2013. Gatlin ran faster than 9.79 in the semifinals two hours earlier, against a field that did not include Bolt.
Gatlin, the fastest man in the world in 2014 and 2015, lost for the first time since Sept. 6, 2013.
“It’s been rough coming back from injury, watching Justin Gatlin dominate throughout the season,” Bolt, who had March 2014 foot surgery and saw a doctor in Munich for a joint problem earlier this summer, said after his Sunday win on Eurosport. “I’m just happy to be back, and I’m happy I got it done.”
NCAA sprinters Trayvon Bromell (U.S.) and Andre De Grasse (Canada) shared bronze at 9.92.

IAAF World Youth Championships

The 2015 IAAF world youth championship is currently being held in Cali in Colombia till the 19th of July. To see all the news, results, start list and other information. This is a bi-annual event for 16 and 17 year old athletes and for many athletes the start of their athletics career. South Africa does have a number of athletes competing at the event.

CLICK HERE to go to the WYC website. Here you can read all the news about the event, results, start list, time tables etc.