Track & Field News

SYJ Track & Field Champs Entry DEADLINE

Athletes are reminded that entries for the 2015 KZNA sub-youth (13/14/15), youth (16/17) and junior (18/19) champs will be closing on FRIDAY the 6th of MARCH 2015. The 2015 KZNA sub-youth, youth & junior championship will be taking place on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th of March at Kingspark in Durban. The event will be combined with the KZNA high-school championship.

Please contact Mzo Gumede at the KZNA office (031 312 9374) regarding information about the event.

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SYJSM League 6 Results

The 6th and final KZNA SYJSM track & field league meeting for 2015 was held at Chatsworth stadium on Saturday the 28th of February. The turnout for the event was not very good partly due to a change of venue to accommodate the Durban marathon in Durban. Athletes are reminded that the 2015 KZNA sub-youth (14/15), youth (16/17) & junior championship will be held at Kingspark on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th of March. Entries for the championship closes on Friday the 6th of March 2015. The entry form, program and competition rules can be downloaded from the POPULAR DOWNLOADS section on the home page.

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KZNA SYth/Yth/Jnr Champs Info

The 2015 KZNA sub-youth, youth & junior championship will be taking place on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th of March at Kingspark in Durban. The event will be combined with the KZNA high-school championship.

Please note that entries for the event will be closing on FRIDAY the 6th of MARCH 2015. Please ensure that you read and understand the competition document.

Please contact Mzo Gumede at the KZNA office (031 312 9374) regarding information about the event.

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CLICK HERE to download the ENTRY FORM

Walking Event – Kingspark (28/02/2015)

The 2nd long-distance walking event for 2015 will be held at Kingspark on Saturday the 28th of February. The event will start at 06H00 sharp and entries will be taken at the track. Anyone can enter the event, whether you are a licensed athlete or not.

There will be KZNA walking officials on duty to referee and assist athletes according to proper walking rules and regulations. There will also be coaches on hand to assist walkers with proper technique and the basic rules of race walking. The event will cater for a 20km walk, but athletes can decide to do shorter distances as part of the race. This would mean that if you only want to do 5000m for example, you are most welcome to enter.

We do encourage walkers to make use of the opportunity, especially in light of team selection for ASA walking champs as well as the 50km champs later in the year.

For information about the event please contact the KZNA office at 031 312 9374 or via email on admin@kznathletics.co.za

SYJSM League 6 Info (Chatsworth)

The 6th and final event in the 2015 KZNA sub-youth (14/15), youth (16/17), junior (18/19), senior and masters league will be held at CHATSWORTH on Saturday the 28th of February. The event will start at 08H30 and finishes at 16H05 in the afternoon. Also note that the program will cater for both the discus and hammer throw events and athletes are urged to make use of the opportunity to qualify for SA champs.

CORRECTION: THERE WILL BE NO STEEPLECHASE

Entries for the event will close on Friday afternoon the 27th of February at 13H00

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For any enquiries about the league, please contact Mzo Gumede at the KZNA office at 031 312 9374

SYJSM League 5 Results

The 5th event in the 2015 KZNA sub-youth, youth, junior, senior and masters league was held on Friday evening the 20th of February at Kingspark in Durban. Weather conditions were kind for a change to athletes and it reflected in some outstanding results. A number of athletes made the KZNA “A” & “B” qualifying standard and a few that just missed out. This bodes well for the upcoming KZNA track & field champs coming up in middle March.

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SYJSM League 4 Results

The 4th event in the 2015 KZNA track & field league was held on Saturday the 14th of February at Kingspark in Durban. Although the windy conditions played havoc with an PB’s, the turnout for the event was much improved from league 3. Please note that there was technical problem with item 21 & 22 which will be addressed by the operations team.

The next event is scheduled for Friday evening the 20th of February at Kingspark in Durban.

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SYJSM League 4 Info

The 4th event in the 2015 KZNA track & field league will be held on Saturday the 14th of February at Kingspark in Durban. The program is scheduled to start at 08H30 and the last event at 15H15.

Anyone is welcome to participate at the league and you don’t have to be registered with a club or school. You will however be required to purchase a temporary license of R10 for the day. There is also a gate fee of R10 payable by all athletes and spectators.

Entries for the event closes on Friday afternoon at 14H00 and can be sent to entries@kznathletics.co.za

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Top Coach Head New KZNA Development Programme

KwaZulu-Natal Athletics (KZNA) has unveiled an exciting new 5-year athletics development programme that will unearth fresh young talent and nurture them to elite and Olympic level. Announcing the plan on Thursday, KZNA president Sello Mokoena said the programme would be headed by award-winning coach Mark Labuschagne, who has managed some of South Africa’s most decorated track and field athletes.

The elite programme will cover the entire province, divided into 12 districts, and is made possible by funding by the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation.

Mokoena said: “The idea behind the programme is to provide young, promising athletes with a platform to advance to the highest level of competition internationally. We therefore set ourselves the ambitious target to identify, nurture and develop young, talented athletes whom we will assist to grow from district to national representation within 5 years.

“Once in the system these young stars will receive every support to enable them to reach their dreams,” he said.

The programme aims to reach at least 4,000 athletes in KwaZulu-Natal in its first year and from that number the most promising will be selected. These athletes will continue to be assessed over extended period of time until the very best are identified for international competition.

As head coach, Labuschagne will be responsible for administering the programme through a district network which will include district coaches, satellite committees and a tailor-made plan for each region.

“I am very excited to have been selected for the demanding position. I am well aware of the talent that lies hidden in this province and I am sure that we will unearth a few gems through this initiative.

He admitted though that much work lay ahead over the next few months and would continue once the programme was full up and running.

“My first role will be to identify a team of individuals that will work both in the field and the office to implement the development programme. Must have a head coach per district that can work with other coaches in the area and have working knowledge in order to share ideas and training programmes,” he said.

KZN Department of Sport and Recreation HOD Rohini Naidoo said her team were very confident that the programme could identify talent and improve athletics participation across the province.

“We believe in the vision set out by KZN Athletics and we are delighted to be able to play a part in the development of our young people. I for one am looking forward to seeing some of these youngsters take part in the Olympic Games one day. That, to me, would be the icing on the cake,” she said.

The KZNA Athletic Development Programme commences with the identification 12 districts within the province and then targets those events that will best suit the facilities and terrain. In addition it will be liaising with the local municipalities as well as selecting key personnel from each district for the programme.

About Mark Labuschagne:

Mark has served in various administrative and coaching capacities in athletics. He was involved with provincial sub-junior athletics (8 – 15 years of age) as vice-chairperson and technical manager; has organised athletic meetings and coaching clinics; and managed sub-junior teams to interprovincial competitions.

On a senior level, he has served on the KwaZulu-Natal Track n Field committee and the Coaches Committee and has been coach and manager for a number of senior teams to SA Championships. He has been South Africa team coach at the commonwealth Games; World Championships; and Olympic Games among others.

In 2000, Mark was awarded provincial colours for coaching and received the prestigious Premier Award for coaching. He has coached some of South Africa’s most prominent sprinters including Mathew Quinn; Lee-Roy Newton; Heide Seyerling; Morne Nagel and Leigh Julius.

Mark also consults as speed and conditioning coach to the Sharks rugby franchise. Since 2001 he has been a member of the Athletic SA Elite Coaches Committee as the sprints and hurdles representative.