South African Polocrosse team make history against Australia

The South African men’s polocrosse team became a part of history this weekend when they beat Australia in a three match test series held in Warwick, Queensland. Australia have never been beaten at home before and by winning the series in a clean sweep 3-0, reigning world champions South Africa underscored their status as the world’s best polocrosse team.

Graham MacLarty from South Africa, who was voted best player in the world at the last world cup, was named as player of the series.

The team was coached by Bruce MacLarty who has led them to 2 world titles, and captained by Jannie Steenkamp.

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The Agency’s performance psychologist, Dr Kirsten van Heerden, has worked with the team since 2010 and continues to be a part of their 2019 world cup preparations.

10 medal haul for Agency Clients at National Championships

Akin Simbine, Wayde van Niekerk and Thando Roto in the mens 100m final during the 2017 ASA Championships at Puk McArthur Stadium, Potchefstroom on 21 April 2017 © Roger Sedres/BackpagePix

Agency clients walked away from the South African National Athletics Championships held in Potchefstroom this weekend with a very successful 10 medal haul.

In the keenly anticipated 100m men’s event Thando Roto had an outstanding performance under pressure, winning bronze in a time of 10.04, only just been beaten by current SA record holder Akani Simbine and 400m world record holder Wayde van Niekerk. Young Olympian Gift Leotlela also won bronze in the 200m event behind the same two men, running a PB of 20.20 seconds.

Luvo Manyong was the other outstanding performance of the championships with a SA, Africa and Commonwealth long-jump record of 8.65m.

Other national titles were won by Wenda Nel (400m hurdles), Rikenette Steenkamp (100m hurdles) and Le Roux Hamman (400m hurdles), with silver medals going to Jaco Engelbrecht (shot put) and Tebogo Mamatu (100m).

Clarence Munyai ran an impressive 20.25s in the 200m just missing out on a medal, as did Taylon Beeldt in the women’s 100m hurdles.

Manyonga the star of South African National Championships

POTCHEFSTROOM, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 22: Luvo Manyonga in the mens long jump during day 2 of the ASA Senior Championships at PUK McArthur Stadium on April 22, 2017 in Potchefstroom, South Africa. (Photo by Roger Sedres/ImageSA)

Luvo Manyonga showed why he has become the man to watch in global athletics by setting a new South African, African and Commonwealth record of 8.65m in his first jump at the SA National Championships this weekend in Potchefstroom. Manyonga has made no secret of his desire to be the first man on earth to jump over 9 meters and having now jumped further than anyone since 2009, he is well on track to this goal.

To watch the record jump go to: http://www.backtrack.co.za/men-longjump/

To read more on Manyonga’s journey and goals go to: http://www.supersport.com/athletics/sa-track-and-field/news/170425/Manyonga_set_for_milestone_leap

 

 

Zondo to lead SA ‘A’ side

Khaya Zondo has been named captain of the SA ‘A’ 4 day side to take on England later this year. ‘Khaya captained the Dolphins for the first time this season and along with being one of the leading run-scorers, has shown leadership qualities that we would like to develop’ said convener of selectors Linda Zondi.

Leotlela & Bieldt win South African junior titles

Gift Leotlela and Taylon Bieldt were both in good form this weekend, winning their respective events at the South African Junior Athletics Championships in Cape Town.

Bieldt battled wet and windy conditions on the first day of the championships to claim the title in the 100m hurdles in a time of 14.03s.

The following day Leotlela, better known as a 100m sprinter, showed his class in the longer distance, running and outstanding 20.28s in the 200m lowering his own PB of 20.47 and edging closer to the SA Junior Record.

 

MEDIA STATEMENT

Johannesburg

4 April 2017

Newton Agency together with Athletics South Africa would hereby like to make the following announcement regarding Olympic Long Jump silver medallist Luvo Manyonga.

  1. As is public knowledge Luvo has battled drug addiction for many years and openly acknowledges that it is a daily challenge to fight his addiction. Luvo was part of a rehabilitation programme at a highly-regarded treatment facility in the lead up to the Rio Olympic Games, and has now enrolled in the facilities aftercare programme to continue with his rehabilitation and achieve his dream of becoming one of the world’s greatest ever long jumpers in the history of the sport.
  1. Luvo remains fully committed to WADA and SAIDS testing requirements and as per the requirements of the facility, submits to regular monitoring.
  1. The continuation of his treatment in the facility simply provides the best structure to achieve his personal and performance goals as it allows him to focus fully on the demands of training and competing while under the care and support of a professional support team.
  1. Luvo said: “I have been playing sport since an early age and I have grown to love athletics deeply. Unfortunately I have been battling substance abuse since I was a teenager and it has been a difficult journey. I wanted to release this statement to show others that there is no shame in your past and empower others to shake off the stigma associated with addiction. Decisions such as the one I have taken to be a part of a rehabilitation movement hopefully can allow others to admit to the daily challenges.

I am committed to staying drug free and I want to achieve great things in my career and life. To achieve my               goals and dreams I understand that I will need all the support I can get.

I want to thank my family, ASA and my support team at Newton Sports Agency for all their help and support           they have given me thus far. I am excited about my future.”

ENDS

 

 

Outstanding performances at Varsity Cup meeting

Agency clients continued to demonstrate their class on the track at the final Varsity Cup meeting held in Pretoria on Friday night.

First up were the women, where Tabogo Mamatu and Rikenette Steenkamp both broke Varsity Cup records in the 100m and 100m hurdles respectively. Not to be outdone, the men also put in world class performances with Gift Leotlela equalling his 100m SA junior record in a time of 10.12 and Clarence Munyai, in the 200m, running his second fastest time ever of 20.26.

Steenkamp and Leotlela won the victrix and victor ludorum for their performances on the night.