News Letters

CROSS COUNTRY SA’S – BUS ARRANGEMENTS

Good day all Cross Country friends

It is a few days before the 2016 Cross country championships will take place.  All the information we have put out earlier are still in place and most of the information that will go out today is for the athletes who will make use of the transport and accommodation.

Remember:  I will be picking up all the tracksuits and attire that need to go to George, tomorrow.  I am only the courier of the clothes and you must make sure that your arrangement with Mpumalanga Textiles are in place and your order is included in the box.

YELLOW BLOCKS on the attached team list, indicates outstanding information.  Athletes who have not paid their registration fees/bus fees, need to confirm whether they will still be going to the SA’s.  It is important that you urgently contact the office or myself.

Athletes who will be travelling by bus, please take note:

  1. You must take your own bedding.  The Hostel is only providing the beds/matrasses.
  2. Make sure you eat at home before you leave for the bus on Thursday.  The travel pack will be handed out very late that night when the buses come together and most of the items in the travel pack must be kept for breakfast and onward.
  3. REMEMBER NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE BUS IF YOUR INDEMNITY FORM IS NOT FILL IN CORRECTLY AND SIGN BY THE CORRECT LEGAL PERSON.
  4. Each bus have team managers who will be responsible for the admin and care of the people on the bus.  Their names are on the attached bus schedule.
  5. It does not matter where you get onto your specific bus (for example Nkangala bus:  Mhluzi/Middelburg/Witbank) , just make sure that you get onto the bus for your area, as listed.
  6. Make sure you are at the pick up point at least 30min before the departure time. The bus can not wait for anyone as the time schedule was worked out according to the arrival time in George.  If you are not on time, the bus will leave without you.
  7. With the arrival in George, we have arranged for lunch at the hostel (between 12:00 – 14:00). If the busses arrive according to the time schedule I will meet you there where we will then go through further arrangements.
  8. If you can not join the team remember to contact me or Hellouise.  If an athlete do not pitch up at the championships on Saturday (NO SHOWS) without informing us before Saturday, it will influence your future selection to the team.

Lastly, I hope everyone will travel safely to George and we as Mpumalanga team must look after our team mates.  We are a great team and I know everyone will  give there utmost best during their race.

Yours in athletics
Theuns

BUS SCHEDULE   Athletes – SA’s – 5 September

Cross Country – News letter 2 of 2016

 6 April 2016

 Good day all Cross Country friends

 NEWS LETTER 2/2016

 We are nearly at the start of the new season and it is clear that everyone is looking forward to a great 2016 season.

 Firstly I want to encourage all athletes to join a club.  This will be much cheaper for athletes who are 13 years and older who must be in possession of a number, than to buy a temporary license number at each event.  Most importantly, it gives you identity.  The only way to get a race number is by joining an affiliated club.  There should be a club in your area and if you can’t find a club close to you, please contact the office who will be able to give you information on the clubs in your area.

 The first league will start on 16 April 2016 and the venues will be:

  • Nkangala – No league due to the Loskop Marathon.
  • Gert Sibande – Secunda Stadium which is hosted by Sasol Embalenhle Sport Centre (Morning Program).
  • Ehlanzeni- Lydenburg High School (Morning Program).

 Currently there is only one event planned for League 2 at Nkangala.  The venue was cancelled on short notice and a new venue can only be finalised within the next few days.  Notifications on the venue will be sent out as soon as this has been finalised.

 The third league will take place on 30 April 2016 and the venues are:

  • Nkangala – Cambridge Academy : Emalahleni (Witbank) (Morning Program)
  • Gert Sibande- No league
  • Ehlanzeni- Great East, Bushbuck Ridge, (Morning Program)

 Take note, the entry fee for 2016 will be R25.

 The contact details for each area are as follow:

  • Nkangala:             Mari- 083 2332677
  • Gert Sibande:             Michael- 082 336 0662
  • Ehlanzeni:             Boikie-  082 977 1665

You are welcome to contact me at 083 6308 729.

 Keep in mind that you are welcome to run in any of the three areas.  For example if you stay in Secunda but you are visiting someone in Middelburg or you are with your school with a sport, you can join that league if it is within the time schedule.

 Few requirements:

  1. We need a certified copy of your birth certificate or Identity Document.

 You need to complete and submit the registration form. This is requested every year to make sure that up to date information is used.  This need to be submitted at the latest on the league of 7 May 2016.  Only athletes whose information and documentation have been received, will be considered for inclusion in the provincial teams.

  1. The Criteria for 2016, the programs as well as the fixtures for 2016 are available. Please make sure you read through the criteria.  This will avoid any misunderstandings when we have to select the team at the championships.

These documents can also be downloaded from our website: www.athleticsmpumalanga.co.za

 Please remember that the Interprovincial Championships will also be counted as a league for our athletes since we will be hosting the event this year.  The athletes who are not selected for the Mpumalanga Team must run with their club attire. Also take note that League 6 will be used to select the Mpumalanga Team for the Interprovincial Championships.

 We are looking forward to seeing all the old faces and to welcome the new ones.  Make sure you prepare well and remember to look after your health, the winter is drawing nearer. 

 Yours in athletics

 THEUNS LUUS

CHAIRMAN:  CROSS COUNTRY COMMISSION

083 630 8729

Cross Country – News letter 1 of 2016

Good day all Cross Country Friends

We are busy getting everything in place to make sure 2016 will run smooth and the Cross Country Commission is ready for the first league.  As in the past I would like to bring a few things under your attention.  I want to ask you to get all the necessary administration requests in place.  Failure to do so will definetly affect the athlete negatively at the end of the day.

The fixture list, as it is currently, is available 2016 Cross Country fixtures – 17 March 2016 .  The programs have been included.  All the Ehlanzeni leagues will be morning leagues (Morning Program).  Please look out for the newsletters which will indicate which of the Nkangala and Gert Sibande leagues will take place in the morning and which will be in the afternoons (Afternoon Program).

Here are a few things all athletes need to know:

  1. All athletes must complete a registration form this year.  The form and a certified birth certificate or ID document must be submitted, on the latest, at the third league.   NB:  You will not be taken into consideration for the Mpumalanga team for the Interprovincial championships if we do not have your registration form and birth certificate/ID. (Click here for the form Registration Form)
  2. The Criteria 2016 is available.  Please read through it carefully and make sure you follow the rules.
  3. Make sure you conform to the criteria for selection if you want to be considered for selection into the Mpumalanga team.
  4. Athletes who are not take up in the Mpumalanga team for the Interprovincial championships, can use the Interprovincial championships as an extra league.  We can allow it this year since we will be hosting this event in Mpumalanga.
  5. Very important – Athletes in the age group 5 years to 29 years:  You must use the year in which you were born to determine which age group you will be participating in.  For athletes aged 30 years and older, you have to work on your age on race day.  If you are not sure, please ask.
  6. IMPORTANT WARNING:  Before the season starts we need to remind all athletes to run with their own numbers.  Do not use another athlete’s running number.  Unfortunately there were athletes who did not comply with this.  Penalty is suspension for a period to be determined by the Disciplinary Committee.  If you forgot or lost your pemantent license, it will be better to buy a temporary license number.

Yours in running

Theuns

 

Mpumalanga Cross Country Championships 2015

Good day all Cross Country friends

We are again at the end of another successful 2015 cross country year.  We met new friends and the old friends were all there with new enthusiasm.

Find attach the participant list as well as the program for the Mpumalanga Championships.

I just want to highlight a few points:

All athletes are welcome to take part on the day but only athletes who qualify according to the criteria will be considered for the Mpumalanga Team.  The main criteria was the minimum of 4 leagues which an athlete needed to participate in.

An athlete must participate in the event he or she qualified for.  An athlete will not be considered if he or she took part in a wrong event.

For an athlete to be considered he or she must take part in the Mpumalanga Championships.

I attach the participation list of 2015. Please look at the list and if there is any discrepancies, please let me know by Email.  The information was used as I received it and there can be a few mistakes on the list.

It is the responsibility of an athlete and his coach to make sure their document from the school league if they want to use it, is handed in before Saturday to conform to the minimum criteria.

Carefully look at the program to ensure you conform to the rules for the day.

Athletes of 30 years and older must use their age tags.  There will be referees on the day who will look at all the rules for the day.

Many Regards

Theuns

Click here to download the Mpumalanga Program- Final pdf file

Click here to download the Consolidation .pdf file

Important News

Athletics Mpumalanga will be hosting the South African Cross Country Championships in Middelburg on 12 September 2015. Please make sure that you have already booked your accommodation since Middelburg will be very busy that weekend!

Please feel free to contact the following establishments, who have indicated that they are able to assist you with accommodation that weekend:

Midway Inn

Contact: Ilze/Jerry

Address: 275 Cowen Ntuli Street, Eastdene, Middelburg

Contact no: 013-246 2081/2

013-246 2083/4

Fax no: 013-246 1172

E-mail: reservations@midwayinn.co.za

Website: www.midwayinn.co.za

The Orion Guesthouse

Contact: Lourens Nel/Suné du Toit

Address: 29 Baviaanskloof, Aerorand,

Middelburg

Contact no: 082 568 0912

013-244 1850

Fax no:

E-mail: reception@theorion.co.za

Website: www.theorion.co.za

Tudor Manor Guesthouse

Contact: Leah-Anne Lovette Du Toit

Address: 6A Wes Street, Clubville

Middelburg

Contact no: 013-243 3361

084 261 3678

Fax no: 0880 13243 5502

E-mail: tudormanor@telkomsa.net

Website: http://www.safarinow.com/go/tudormanorguesthousemiddelburg

Woodpecker Guesthouse

Contact: Dini Swanepoel

Address: 80 Dr. Beyers Naude Street, Middelburg

Contact no: 082 469 8481

Fax: 086 6643 350

E-mail: diniswanepoel@gmail.com

Website: www.woodpecker-guesthouse.co.za

Yalla Yalla Boutique Hotel

Contact: Karin dos Santos

Address: 5 Culembourg Crescent, Die Heuwel,

Witbank

Contact no: 013-656 5424

082 589 7980/076 892 3877

E-mail: info@yallayallaboutiquehotel.com

Kairos Home

Contact: Johan

Address: 9 Hexrivier Street, Aerorand

Middelburg

Contact no: 082 780 7044

082 785 8983

Fax: 013-244 1646

E-Mail address: kairoshomeint@gmail.com

Website: www.yallayallaboutiquehotel.com

Website: www.kairoshome.co.za

Pumpkin Tree Guesthouse

Contact: Anita Stols

Address: 7 Vos Street, Groenkol,

Middelburg

Contact no: 082 673 3455

Fax: 086 620 7533

E-mail address: mwherbal@mweb.co.za

Website: Pumpkin Tree FACEBOOK page

Middelburg Country Club

Contact: Rina Glad

Address: Eeufees Street, Clubville,

Middelburg

Contact no: 013 282 6176/7/8

Fax: 013 243 2435

E-mail address: lodge@midgolf.co.za

Website: www.midgolf.co.za

Mural Guesthouse

Contact: Cobus Coetzee

Address: 34 Viljoen Street,

Middelburg

Contact no: 084 556 6754

Fax: 086 519 7278

E-mail address: muralguesthouse@lantic.net

Website: mural guesthouse Middelburg Mpumalanga

Kairos Home

 

Contact:                 Johan

Address:                9 Hexrivier Street, Aerorand

Middelburg

Contact no:           082 780 7044

082 785 8983

Fax:                         013-244 1646

E-Mail address:     kairoshomeint@gmail.com

Website:                www.kairoshome.co.za

Lobelia Guesthouse

 

Contact:                 Carin Grace

Address:                6 Lobelia Street, Kanonkop

Middelburg

Contact no:           083 469 6392

Fax:                         086 577 4133

E-mail address:                lobeliaguesthouse@gmail.com

Website:                www.lobeliaguesthouse.co.za

 Loskopdam (Forever Resort)

 

Contact:                 Reception

Address:                 48km North of Middelburg,

On the N11 Main Road

(Groblersdal Road)

Contact no:           013-262 3075

Fax:                         013-262 5269

E-mail address:     loskopfom@foreversa.co.za

Website:                www.foreverloskopdam.co.za

 Middelburg Country Club

 

Contact:                 Rina Glad

Address:                Eeufees Street, Clubville,

Middelburg

Contact no:           013 282 6176/7/8

Fax:                         013 243 2435

E-mail address:                lodge@midgolf.co.za

Website:                www.midgolf.co.za

 Midway Inn

Contact:                 Ilze/Jerry

Address:                 275 Cowen Ntuli Street, Eastdene,                                   Middelburg

Contact no:           013-246 2081/2

013-246 2083/4

Fax no:                   013-246 1172

E-mail:                    reservations@midwayinn.co.za

Website:                www.midwayinn.co.za

Mural Guesthouse

Contact:                 Cobus Coetzee

Address:                34 Viljoen Street,

Middelburg

Contact no:           084 556 6754

Fax:                         086 519 7278

E-mail address:                muralguesthouse@lantic.net

Website:                mural guesthouse Middelburg                                           Mpumalanga

 The Orion Guesthouse

Contact:                 Lourens Nel/Suné du Toit

Address:                29 Baviaanskloof, Aerorand,

Middelburg

Contact no:           082 568 0912

013-244 1850

E-mail:                    reception@theorion.co.za

Website:                www.theorion.co.zaPumpkin Tree Guesthouse

 

Contact:                 Anita Stols

Address:                7 Vos Street, Groenkol,

Middelburg

Contact no:           082 673 3455

Fax:                         086 620 7533

E-mail address:                mwherbal@mweb.co.za

Website:                Pumpkin Tree FACEBOOK page

Tudor Manor Guesthouse

Contact:                 Leah-Anne Lovette Du Toit

Address:                6A Wes Street, Clubville

Middelburg

Contact no:           013-243 3361

084 261 3678

Fax no:                   0880 13243 5502

E-mail:                    tudormanor@telkomsa.net

Website:

http://www.safarinow.com/go/tudormanorguesthousemiddelburg

Woodpecker Guesthouse

 

Contact:                 Dini Swanepoel

Address:                 80 Dr. Beyers Naude Street,                          Middelburg

Contact no:           082 469 8481

Fax:                         086 6643 350

E-mail:                    diniswanepoel@gmail.com

Website:                www.woodpecker-guesthouse.co.zaYalla Yalla Boutique Hotel

Contact:                 Karin dos Santos

Address:                5 Culembourg Crescent, Die                              Heuwel, Witbank

Contact no:           013-656 5424

082 589 7980/076 892 3877

E-mail:                    info@yallayallaboutiquehotel.com

Website:                www.yallayallaboutiquehotel.com

Mpumalanga Cross Country Championships 2015_ Mpumalanga Program- Final-1

 

News Letter 15 – 2015

Good day all Cross Country friends

Here we are at the end of the leagues for 2015.  We had a great cross country season and the Mpumalanga Championships and the SA Championships that will take place within 6 weeks is a special time we are looking forward to.

I am busy with the summary of the leagues but I believe you kept record of your participation during the leagues.  Unfortunately, this takes a long time as our athletes used nicknames and sometime their first names on entries.  I will have it ready by Saturday as I am waiting for the results of the last two leagues (except the results from Nkangala).

I will forward the last results as soon as I have received it.

For the athletes who made use of the extra school league, I need your results at the latest this coming Friday.  The letter needs to be signed by the cross country coach and the headmaster on an official letter head of the school with a stamp. Please make sure it is handed in on time.   Only athletes who conform to the criteria of a minimum of 4 leagues will be selected for the Mpumalanga Team.

I will forward you the summary by this coming Saturday.

Regards

Theuns

News Letter 14 – 2015

27th of July 2015

Good day all Cross Country friends

NEWS LETTER 14 /2015

Here we are at the end of the leagues for 2015. This coming Saturday is the last league at Badplaas and we can look back at a successful year.
The last league will take place on 1 August 2015 and there are events in all three of the areas:

Nkangala- No league

Gert Sibande- Badplaas (Morning Program). It will take place at Badplaas Primary.

Ehlanzeni- No league

The entry fee for 2015 will be R20 and the temporarily licence for the athletes 13 years and older who is not member of an affiliated club is R25.

The request I left every week now still stays a problem as the information is not correct and it happen that the feedback is not correct. I ask every week to complete your sticker in full. There were a lot of stickers with missing information and the information was very unclear. It makes it very difficult when we complete the results. I will ask again to athletes of 13 years and older to add the permanent number or temporary license number on your sticker.

The contact details for each area are as follow:

Ngangala: Mari- 0832332677

Gert Sibande: Michael- 0823360662

Ehlanzeni: Boikie- 0829771665

You are welcome to contact me anytime at 0836308729.

To all of you, remember to qualify to participate in the Mpumalanga Championships, a minimum of 4 leagues are needed to take part on 15 August 2015. No excuses will accepted as there are enough leagues available to make up the minimum criteria of 4 leagues. Remember for those who participated in the Interprovincial championships, it will not count as one of the leagues.

UNFORTUNATELY NO DOCTORS LETTERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. MAKE SURE YOU ATTEND THE MINIMUM OF 4 LEAGUES. THERE WAS ENOUGH LEAGUES AVAILABLE TO MAKE UP THE 4 LEAGUES.

Make sure your birth certificate or ID book is available before the Mpumalanga Championships or on the day as no athlete will be allow taking part in the SA Championships if their identification is not correct.

Come and enjoy the last league. I will put out the summary within the next week of the names with their leagues they participated in during the season.

Yours in athletics

THEUNS LUUS

CHAIRMAN: CROSS COUNTRY COMMISSION
083 630 8729

News Letter 13 – 2015

19th of July 2015

Good day all Cross Country friends

NEWS LETTER 13 /2015

Welcome back to all our athletes who was one holiday. We are nearly finished with the leagues for 2015.
The next leagues will take place on 25 July 2015 and there are events in all three of the areas:

Nkangala- OR TAMBO PARK, Mhluzi Middelburg, The information is attach (Morning Program).

Gert Sibande- Daggakraal (Morning Program). Contact Rina Pretorius at 083 310 5537 if you need more information.

Ehlanzeni- Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit (Morning Program). This is the same place as where it was 18th of July.

The last league will take place on 1st of August at Badplaas. Final information will be put out next weekend after the leagues. This will be the only and last league in Mpumalanga.

Take note, the entry fee for 2015 will be R20 and the temporarily licence for the athletes 13 years and older who is not member of an affiliated club is R25.

The request I left every week now still stays a problem as the information is not correct and it happen that the feedback is not correct. I ask every week to complete your sticker in full. There were a lot of stickers with missing information and the information was very unclear. It makes it very difficult when we complete the results. I will ask again to athletes of 13 years and older to add the permanent number or temporary license number on your sticker.

The contact details for each area are as follow:

Ngangala: Mari- 0832332677

Gert Sibande: Michael- 0823360662

Ehlanzeni: Boikie- 0829771665

You are welcome to contact me anytime at 0836308729.

To all of you, remember to qualify to participate in the Mpumalanga Championships, a minimum of 4 leagues are needed to take part on 15 August 2015. No excuses will accepted as there are enough leagues available to make up the minimum criteria of 4 leagues. Remember for those who participated in the Interprovincial championships, it will not count as one of the leagues.

UNFORTUNATELY NO DOCTORS LETTERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. MAKE SURE YOU ATTEND THE MINIMUM OF 4 LEAGUES. THERE WAS ENOUGH LEAGUES AVAILABLE TO MAKE UP THE 4 LEAGUES.

Make sure your birth certificate or ID book is available before the Mpumalanga Championships or on the day as no athlete will be allow taking part in the SA Championships if their identification is not correct.

Yours in athletics

THEUNS LUUS

CHAIRMAN: CROSS COUNTRY COMMISSION

News Letter 12 – 2015

14th of July 2015

Good day all Cross Country friends

NEWS LETTER 12 /2015

We are nearly at the end of the July school holiday and I hope all our athletes were busy get themselves ready for the Mpumalanga Championships and at the end to be part of the Mpumalanga Team for the SA Championships.

The next leagues will take place on 18 July 2015 and there are only events in two of the three areas:

Nkangala- HTS C-Rugbyveld, Middelburg, opposite of Middelburg Primary School (Morning Program).

Gert Sibande-No league.

Ehlanzeni- Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit (Morning Program).

There is a change in both the events as mentioned on the year program. This was due to unforeseen circumstances.
Take note, the entry fee for 2015 will be R20 and the temporarily licence for the athletes 13 years and older who is not member of an affiliated club is R25.

I ask every week to complete your sticker in full. There were a lot of stickers with missing information and the information was very unclear. It makes it very difficult when we complete the results. I will ask again to athletes of 13 years and older to add the permanent number or temporary license number on your sticker.

The contact details for each area are as follows:

Ngangala: Mari- 0832332677

Gert Sibande: Michael- 0823360662

Ehlanzeni: Boikie- 0829771665

You are welcome to contact me anytime at 0836308729.

To all of you, remember to qualify to participate in the Mpumalanga Championships, a minimum of 4 leagues are needed to take part on 15 August 2015. No excuses will accepted as there are enough leagues available to make up the minimum criteria of 4 leagues. Remember for those who participated in the Interprovincial championships, it will not count as one of the leagues.

Yours in athletics

THEUNS LUUS

CHAIRMAN: CROSS COUNTRY COMMISSION
083 630 8729

News Letter 9 – 2015

Cross Country Winning GroupNews Letter 9 – 2015.

25th of May 2015.
Good day all Cross Country friends.

Firstly, I want to congratulate Mari, Patience, Michael and Boikie who was selected on the AGM to the Cross Country Commission. I see forward to work with you in the next 4 years. The standard was set by us and we will take it a few steps higher in the next 4 seasons.

Even with the winter sport that took place in all three areas, the participation of the leagues last weekend went well and a total 531 athletes was part of the leagues. I attach the results. I want to thank Tiaan, Nico and Michael for the effort to make it a great day.

I also want to attach the Mpumalanga team who will take part in the Interprovincial Championships at Merensky High School on 6 June 2015.

Congratulations to everyone who was selected and for those athletes who missed it, there is another chance on 15 August 2015 with the Mpumalanga Championships. I want to emphasise again, just make sure you reach the criteria of minimum of 4 leagues. There are still enough leagues to reach the goal.

There are a few important points every athlete must know of:

Athletes who indicate they will make use of transport must complete the indemnity form in fully. The form of the minor children must be completed by the legal person i.e. parent, legal guardian of the minor child. NO ONE WILL GET ON THE BUS WITHOUT THE FORM. DO NOT DISAPPOINT YOURSELF ON THE DAY.

There is a lot of athletes of 13 years and older who did not fill in their permanent numbers. If you do not have a permanent number, you must take R25 with to buy a temporary number. No one of this age group will run without a number.

The entry fee to participate is R20. Make sure you take enough money with.

I will attach the letter from Limpopo and make sure you understand how to complete the sticker.

All athletes must check the team list and ensure your information on the list is correct.

If the athlete runs in the wrong age group, he or she will be disqualified for the event.

Athletes who will make use of bus transport, all information will be forwarded by next week Tuesday at the latest.

The names who indicated they will make use of bus transport will get preference. The list was completed according to the acknowledgement forms that were handed in.

If an athlete does not have the provincial attire, they must use their club or school attire. No “smartie box clothes” will be allowed. Only a neutral short and vest if you haven’t got other clothes i.e. a white vest and black or green short.

Athletes are welcome to run individual and they must only run in their club or school attire. The entry fee is the same i.e. R20.

The bus transport is only available for Mpumalanga team athletes. No individual athletes are allowed to make use of bus transport.There are no leagues that will take place this coming weekend. For athletes who will think of do something different, I attach a flyer of a mountain bike race which looks very challenging.
The next league will take place on the 20th of June 2015 and the venues will be announced in the next newsletter:

Take note, the entry fee for 2015 will be R20 and the temporarily licence for the athletes 13 years and older who is not member of an affiliated club is R25.

Lastly, we found a few athletes who used their temporary numbers of the previous leagues. The temporary number is only valid for one race.

The contact details for each area are as follow:

Ngangala: Mari- 0832332677

Gert Sibande: Michael- 0823360662

Ehlanzeni: Boikie- 0829771665

You are welcome to contact me anytime at 0836308729.

Enjoy your week and please be careful when we practice on the road and make sure you keep yourself healthy.

Yours in athletics

THEUNS LUUS
CHAIRMAN: CROSS COUNTRY COMMISSION
083 630 8729

News Letter 7 – 2015

News Letter 7 – 2015.

11th of May 2015.

Good day all Cross Country friends.

Thank you very much to Highveld Pumas, Sasol and Leopard Athletic Club for the great effort they put in to make it a successful weekend.

There were a total of 165 participants at Delmas country lodge and 127 participants at Secunda. Nellsville has a total of 72 athletes.

Unfortunately the finals of a lot of winter sport activities took place this past weekend but I am sure we will see the old faces and new champions over the next couple of weeks.

This coming weekend we will have the selection of the Mpumalanga team for the Interprovincial Championships in all three areas and the process will be the same as last year. For those friends who were not part of cross country last year, I will explain the process:

We will make use of qualifying times for all items but we will only allow a maximum of 7 athletes per item. For example, if there are only 5 athletes who qualify according to the qualifying time, only 5 athletes will be selected and if there is more than 7 that qualify a maximum of 7 will be selected.
Executive Board: Paul Bester (President), Jerry Maseko, Heyns Theron, Pieter Makgato (Vice Presidents),
Theuns Luus (Cross Country), Pieter Botes (Road Running), Andrè Sinclair (Track and Field),
Janine Botes, Moses Skosana, Pieter Steinmann (Additional members)

For the juniors, we use the first athletes time as the base and for example if the winning time of the under 11 boys is 10min, the athletes follow will have 1min 45sec to finish within the qualifying time. If there are 7 athletes within the qualifying time they will be selected. If only 5 athletes finish within the qualifying time only 5 will be selected.

If an athlete is selected, he or she will receive a letter on the day with all the necessary information with the contact number of the supplier of the clothing. There will only be vests and shorts available for the athletes. NO TRACKSUITS WILL BE AVAILABLE. The supplier will have a list of all the athletes who qualify for the team.

We will supply transport but with cost. The amount will be communicated soon.

Athletes must participate at any of the three leagues to be considered for the team.

The program for the Interprovincial Championships will be available with the next news letter

The fourth league will take place on the 16th of May 2015 and the venues will be:

Nkangala- Rooies Atletiekklub. HTS Cricket clubhouse, across Middelburg Primary school. (Afternoon Program).

Gert Sibande- Oosterland High School, Secunda (Afternoon Program).

Ehlanzeni- Ingwenyama Sport Resort, White River (Morning Program).

TAKE NOTE, THE VENUE FOR LEAGUE 5 AT NKANGALA WHICH IS PRESENT BY CAMBRIDGE WILL TAKE PLACE AT HOCKEY FARM AND NOT AT CAMBRIDGE ACADEMY.

The fifth league will take place on the 23rd of May 2015 and the venues are:

Nkangala- Cambridge, Hockey Farm (Morning Program)

Gert Sibande- Ligbron High School, Ermelo (Morning Program)

Ehlanzeni- High School Nelspruit, Nelspruit (Morning Program).

Take note, the entry fee for 2015 will be R20 and the temporarily licence for the athletes 13 years and older who is not member of an affiliated club is R25.

I will urge our athletes to attend the minimum amount of leagues as soon as possible and do not wait until the end. I see it many times where athletes missed the minimum criteria by only one league they shorted. No athlete will participate in the Mpumalanga Championships if they didn’t conform to the minimum criteria.

There is still athletes of 13 years and older who try to participate in their items without running number. No athlete will be allowed to start without a number. Athletes who do not have a permanent number must get a temporarily number at the entrance where they enter for their item. The cost for a temporarily number is R25.

Lastly, I want to ask athletes to complete the sticker in fully. We will not put the results of athletes on the list if there is missing information. There was a lot of entrants with only their age or only the year of birth. Let’s make sure we fill in all the information and we write it clear for the people who need to handle the results.

The contact details for each area are as follow:

Ngangala: Mari- 0832332677

Gert Sibande: Michael- 0823360662

Ehlanzeni: Boikie- 0829771665

You are welcome to contact me anytime at 0836308729.

I want to thanks all of you who really work hard to make cross country in Mpumalanga a success. To all our clubs and schools, it is really something special to see more of your athletes participate in the leagues.

Yours in athletics

THEUNS LUUS
CHAIRMAN: CROSS COUNTRY COMMISSION
083 630 8729

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