Agency clients bag 8 medals at Africa Senior Championships

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 22: Jaco Engelbrecht of South Africa won the mens shot put during the afternoon session on day 1 of the CAA 20th African Senior Championships at Kings Park Athletic stadium on June 22, 2016 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images)

Durban played host to the 20th CAA Africa Senior Championships last week, with 11 Agency clients participating over the 5 day athletic event. The experience of Wenda Nel (SA), Nijel Amos (BAF) and Jaco Engelbretch (SA) showed in their performances, all winning Gold in their favoured events. Gift Leotlela and Tebogo Mamathu also demonstrated cool heads under pressure when the young sprinters helped South Africa to Gold in the men’s 4 x 100m relay.

Lee-Roy Newton, group MD of Newton Agency, reflected on the success of the championships saying: “We are very proud of all our athletes. There was a great blend of youth and experience showcased during the week and this bodes well for both Rio and beyond”.





Wenda Nel                  – 400mH

– 4x400m Relay (New SA Record)

Nijel Amos                   – 800m

Jaco Engelbretch        – Shot Put

Gift Leotlela                 – 4x100m Relay

Tebogo Mamathu       – 4x100m Relay



Russell Tucker (SA)             – Discuss

Namakoe Nkhasi  (LES)     – 10 000m



Gift Leotlela (100m), Gezelle Magerman (SA) (400mH), Tebogo Mamathu (100m), Clarence Munyai (SA) (200m), Tshepho Lefete (SA) (110mH)


Equalled SA Junior Record –  Taylon Bieldt (SA) 100m Hurdles

Leotlela qualifies for Rio Games

Gift Leotlela’s  dream of becoming an Olympic athlete came true yesterday as he ran a personal best 20.47s in the 200m at the Southern Africa Junior Championships in Lusaka, Zambia to qualify for the Rio Games. He now joins his friend and fellow Newton Agency client Clarence Munyai in becoming the only two junior track athletes to qualify for Rio so far.

Munyai, who ran an Olympic QT at the SA Senior Championships earlier this year, underlined his talent and potential with a 20.45 OQT in the heats of the 200m in Lusaka.  Another Agency client, Giselle Magerman, the Youth Olympic Games gold medallist, also put in a solid performance at the championships to win gold in her favourite event, the 400m hurdles.

“We love developing young talent at the Agency, and so it’s wonderful to see how well these three junior athletes have performed in Zambia. I also don’t think people realize how big an accomplishment it is for a junior athlete to qualify for the Olympic Games; the performances of both Gift and Clarence are outstanding and Newton Agency looks forward to guiding them through their first Olympic Games in August” said Lee-Roy Newton, group MD.

Phehlukwayo & Zondo selected for SA A side

Newton Agency cricket clients Andile Phehlukwayo and Khaya Zondo have both been selected to represent the South African A cricket side in tours to Zimbabwe and Australia. Zondo was selected as a member of the one day squad while Phehlukwayo will be in action in both the 4 day and one day formats.

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Newton Agency launches athlete wellbeing programme

Newton Agency, in collaboration with Glenwood High School, are proud to announce the launch of an athlete wellbeing programme for athletes part of the schools high performance stream.

Dr Kirsten van Heerden, Newton Agency’s performance psychologist, is adamant that an exclusive focus on performance is detrimental to the athlete, saying ‘At the Agency we believe that a holistic approach to managing young athletes is crucial. Those of us that are involved in high performance sport know what a tough world it can be, and athletes are often very unprepared to operate in this world. For this reason we wanted to run a programme such as this with the young elite athletes at the school and are excited that its now up and running’. There is also a plethora of research showing that supporting the athlete as a person and not just an athlete can equip them to cope with the demands of pro athlete life, and can actually enhance performance.

Lee-Roy Newton, group MD, was also very clear in his views about the best way to manage athletes, ‘What we know for sure is that less than 1% of athletes make it to the pro leagues and even those that do will have to retire one day. There are so many sad stories of top athletes battling with life after sport that we decided something needed to be done to prepare young athletes for life not just sport, otherwise we are doing them a huge disservice’.

The programme will run over 10 sessions during the year and will focus on dual career issues, self-management, networking skills and managing relationships amongst other topics.

Busy weekend for Newton Agency Performance Psychologist

Dr Kirsten van Heerden, Newton Agency’s performance psychologist, had a busy weekend working with two national teams in two days.

Friday night saw her run a workshop with the Spar Protea Netball team who are in preparations for a 3 match series against Wales mid-June. ‘It’s always a privilege to work with one of the leading female sports in South Africa. This team serve as role models to young girls and women and are forging the path for women in sport in South Africa’ said van Heerden.

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Next up was Livesaving South Africa, where van Heerden ran a mental skills training session with the high performance squads preparing for the Sanyo Cup in Japan in July and World Lifesaving Championships in the Netherlands later this year.  van Heerden said of the camp: ‘Mental preparation goes hand in hand with physical preparation and its good to see Livesaving SA embracing mental skills training and encouraging their athletes to work on their mental game’.

Nel takes silver in Rome

Wenda Nel ran a season’s best of 54.61 to win second place in the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome last night. It was a very well-paced performance with Nel overtaking much of the field in the last 50m. She competes next in Lucerne, Switzerland on the 14th June.