A Pietermaritzburg invitational team (Treverton Trials) took part in the annual Grey College school invitational meet In Bloemfontein on Saturday the 18th of October. The team did exceptionally well at the event where some of the country’s top schools (and athletes) turned out for a well organized event.
It will be unfair to single out only certain results, but we have to mention Lee-Anne Blake who won the girls 14 400m (59:52) and 800m (2:17.95). She broke a 14 year old meeting record in the 800m and remember she is only 13 years old! Jared Lombaard did a fantastic 64.83m in winning the javelin for boys 15 by a whopping 20 meters!
This is not an official KZNA event, but we do encourage our athletes to make the effort in participating at the event as it is an excellent platform for good competition.
The second pre-season track & field event was held on Saturday the 18th of October at Kingspark in Durban. The event was well supported despite many athletes participating at the Gre College school invitational in Bloemfontein. Weather conditions were not the best, but despite this we still saw some reasonable performances. KZNA would like to apologize for the cancelling of the discus and steeplechase events. The stadium belongs to the Ethikweni municipality and we are therefor dependant on them for fixing things. They have their procedural instructions and unfortunately there is little we can do as it involves insurance claims (discus net) and poor service delivery (plumbing for steeplechase).
KZN returned with 3 medals from the recent SA race walking champs held on the 11th of October in Cape Town. Only 6 athletes, together with manager Ollie Mundell, took part in the event and returned with 3 medals. Sharon Fuchs won gold in the women 45-49 age group, Yvonne Irmscher got silver in the senior women 50km race and Lindokuhle Ntombela won bronze in the senior men 50km race. Zelda Schulz finished 4th in the senior women 20km race, Thembile Qhanqiso 4th in the senior men 50km race and Wiseman Hlongwa 5th in the senior men 50km race. Congratulations to all the athletes with the results achieved. We do hope that more walkers will become interested in this event. Trials for the SA champs are normally scheduled in August. Anyone interested in race walking, doesn’t matter your age, can email Ollie Mundell for more information at email@example.com
Athletes, coaches and schools are reminded that the closing date for the 2014 KZN primary youth championship is WEDNESDAY the 15th of OCTOBER. Please ensure that the KZNA office has received your entry by close of business on Wednesday. There are no minimum league requirements to enter for the KZNA championship, but ALL athletes are required to have a 2014 KZN license number. The entry fee is R50 per athlete and an athlete can enter for a maximum of THREE (3) events. Also note that the KZN team to represent the province at the inter-provincial championship will be selected from the championship results only, whereby the first THREE (3) athletes will be chosen. There are no qualifying standards, but there are restrictions on highjump where athletes must have cleared the minimum starting heights as per the inter-provincial rules.
The final event of the 2014 KZNA primary youth league was held on Saturday the 11th of October at Kingspark in Durban. Despite the school holidays the event was well supported from locals and many athletes that travelled from afar. KZNA appreciate your support and the effort expressed in supporting our events.
The windy conditions played havoc with track events and many an athlete struggled with conditions. Despite the conditions we saw three KZN primary youth records broken today. Tristan Gowdy (Highbury) clocked a 1:55.41 for the boys 9 600m event, Kayla Harris (KEHS) bettered the girls 13 shotput record with a 11.28m performance & Zandri Meyer (CKS) improved on her own record with a 37.42m throw in the girls 13 discus event. Other notable performances came from Leah Kriel (MAC) who clocked a 30.85 in the girls 13 200m hurdles, Lee-Anne Blake (TOTI AC) took the windy conditions head-on to win the girls 13 1500m in a time of 4:46.35, closely followed by Amber Schlebusch (STELLA) with 4:50.09. Well done to these athletes and everyone else who excelled today.
The KZN primary youth champs are taking place on Saturday the 25th of October at Kingspark. Please note the closing date for the event is WEDNESDAY the 15TH of OCTOBER. Entry forms, rules and the competition program is available on the KZN website homepage.
For any enquiries about the championship please contact the KZNA office at 031 312 9374