Sport Administration Learnerships

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Sport Administration Learnerships
Thursday, 30 August 2012 - Cathsseta (Culture, Art, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Education and Training Authority) is looking for candidates who are interested in sport to complete a one-year learnership in Sport Administration in the Gauteng area.
20 candidates will be selected for the programme and placed at provincial athletics offices as well as sport clubs in Gauteng.  Only unemployed individuals younger than 35 years of age, with a recognised matric certificate but not a tertiary qualification may apply for the position. 
The learnerships will be from 1 October 2012 to 31 September 2013 and learners will receive an allowance.  This Cathsseta-funded learnership is an NQF level 4qualification.
Interested individuals can apply via email to Anta Marx,, before 7 September 2012. All applications must be accompanied by a CV of no longer than 3 pages, a certified copy of a matric certificate and a certified copy of the ID document.

Kalmer wins back to back races
Monday, 27 August 2012 - Shortly after her great marathon performance at the Olympic Games in London, René Kalmer not only won the Spar women’s race in Pretoria on Saturday (25 August), but successfully defended her title at the SA Half Marathon Championships the very next day.
“I am very strong three weeks after a marathon, therefore I am very happy with my achievements this weekend,” tells Kalmer.  “After the Olympic high, I did not really know what to expect.”  According to Kalmer the conditions in Pretoria (at the Spar race) were tough due to a combination of heat and wind, but Cape Town offered perfect conditions on the race day.
Kalmer ran most of the race with younger sister, Christine, by her side and tells that her goal was just to defend her title successfully.  “I was not worried about the time at all.  At the halfway mark we were a group of 8 athletes running together, but just after the 11km mark, we (the two sisters as well as Nolene Conrad) broke away from the group.”
After a very tactical race, with just 6km to go, the Olympian surged ahead of Conrad and her younger sister to finish the race.  “I tried helping Christine to run a good race as she helped me a lot during my Olympic preparations.  I am therefore glad that her hard work paid off in the end,” said Kalmer.
Christine Kalmer finished second in personal best time of 75:23 while Nolene Conrad finished third in 76:13. Conrad also finished third in the Spar women’s race on the Saturday.
Kalmer’s next big target is the World Half Marathon Championships in Bulgaria, where she aims to dip under the 70min mark.
Kalmer completed the marathon at the Olympic Games on 4 August, in difficult conditions.  She finished 35th overall in 2:30:51, a mere 50 seconds slower than her personal best.
For the full results of the SA Half Marathon Championships please follow the link: and Results&name=2012 Results

Mokoka makes history at SA Half Marathon Championships
Monday, 27 August 2012 - Stephen Mokoka ran the fastest time ever in South Africa, by a South African athlete, at the SA Half Marathon Championships in Constantia, Cape Town yesterday.  This is applicable to races on unaided courses.
A mere two weeks after competing in the marathon at the London Olympics, Mokoka was back, successfully defending his title at the Half Marathon Championships.  He crossed the line in 60:57, ahead of Lucky Mohale and Gladwin Mzazi.  Their times were 61:08 and 61:38 respectively. 
Mokoka’s performance was also one of only two sub-61 minute races in South African history on a standard route. The other athlete to achieve  this was Lawrence Peu on 18 May 1991 in East London.  He finished the race in 60:58.
“My aim (yesterday) was to finish in the top five so that I can be up for selection for the World Half Marathon Championships later this year.  I am very happy with my performance, especially with the good time,” said Mokoka. 
Mokoka set a fast pace from early on in the race “so that only the strong athletes could follow”. 
“Lucky Mohale, Gladwin Mzazi and Desmond Mokgobu did most of the work.  I ran most of the race in the group with the three guys,” said the Half Marathon champion.  “It was a close race, so I only realised that I was going to win about five meters before the finish line.”
Currently, Mokoka has no other races lined up for the rest of the season, but is hoping to be selected for the World Championships on 6 October in Bulgaria.
For the full results of the SA Half Marathon Championships please follow the link: and Results&name=2012 Results

Viljoen fourth in Birmingham
Monday, 27 August 2012 - Sunette Viljoen finished fourth in the women’s javelin throw at the 12th leg of the Samsung Diamond League in Birmingham, England yesterday (26 August).
Viljoen (SA and Africa record holder) opened with a throw of 62.13m placing her second behind the Olympic champion, Barbora Spotakova (CZE), but could not improve the distance in the subsequent rounds.  Christina Obergfoll (GER) then moved into the second position with her second attempt measuring 62.32m. In the third round Ukraine’s Vera Rebryk heaved the javelin to 62.82m, pushing the South African down another spot.   Viljoen’s second round attempt was measured at 59.58m followed by 60.18m, 58.80m, 60.18m and 61.14m.  Spotakova won the event with 66.08m in the opening round. 
“I did my utmost best and will keep on fighting until the end of the season,” said Viljoen after the event.  Her next event will be in Berlin on 2 September.
Lehann Fourie, in the men’s 110m hurdles, finished seventh in 13.59sec.  Olympic Champion, Aries Meritt (USA), won the race in 12.95sec while compatriots Jason Richardson and David Oliver crossed the line in 12.98sec and 13.28sec respectively. 
The next round of the Samsung Diamond League will take place in Zurich, Switzerland on 30 August.  For more information please visit

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