30 March 2009


UCT Athletics Club's Amy Aronson, Megan Dempster, Ineke Nel and Tanya Scott ran the women's team to its fifth successive win at the Men's Health Lighthouse 10 in Green Point, which took place on 4 March. Scott was the third junior runner home on the evening.


All five UCT students who took part in the Western Province Judo Open Championships in early March picked up medals. Nico Louw won the senior men's under-73kg division, in which Rashaad Jakoet and Erick Mulumba finished second and third, respectively. Mikhaila Job brought home silver in the senior ladies event, while Ernest Louw notched up a bronze in the senior men under-81kg division.


The UCT Karate Club walked away with two gold and four bronze medals from the Western Province Championships recently. Both Katharine Louw and Ithumileng Mahqwedi won gold in the senior female kumite. Oarabile Sekgwele and Frederick Steenkamp then brought home bronze in the senior male kumite (75kg), while Thuthuka Tumelo did likewise in the 60kg category. Shandunani Vavani also won bronze for kumite (65kg). All six medal-winning students - UCT sent a team of eight - have been selected for the senior Western Province team to compete at the nationals in August.


Brendon Gliddon, chairperson of the UCT Rowing Club and coach of the men's first squad, has coached the SACS crew to top spot in the eights division at the SA Schools Championships, hosted in Roodepoort, Pretoria, in early-March. This marks the first win for a Western Cape School at the event. Gliddon has suddenly become hot property, and there's talk that Rowing South Africa may want him to take charge of the national junior squad that is to go overseas in June.


Hugh Jacobs, chair of the UCT Swimming Club, will manage the WP senior water polo B squad at the national interprovincial championships, taking place in Durban in early-April. No fewer than 14 UCT players will represent WP in its four squads (men and women's A and B sides) taking part. Jacobs also managed the women's A team at the competition last year.

Water Polo

The UCT water polo teams have crowned another good summer season - an unbeaten men's squad, the women with only one defeat on their scorecard - with a bunch of provincial caps. Milton Caldis, Adam Kajee, Andrew Ridley and Edward Schmidt were named for the Western Province A team to compete at the annual inter-provincial tournament held in Durban from 2-5 April. Among the women, Laura Barrett, Ondine Julian, Jade Liddel, Fiona Mallet and Lisa Stirrat will also don WP caps at the same event. In addition, a handful of UCT teammates will take to the water for the WP B sides.

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