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Maties Sport places spotlight on water sport codes on World Water Day Sport places spotlight on water sport codes on World Water DayMaties Sport Media<p>The world celebrated World Water Day (22 March) this week and Maties Sport put the spotlight on its water-based sport codes.</p><p>On a positive note, the Maties Water Polo team did Maties Sport proud by winning bronze at the SA National Aquatic Champs held at the Coetzenburg Swimming Pool from 18-21 March.</p><p><img src="/english/PublishingImages/Media%20Library/Maties_Sport/2017_01/Water_polo_Chandre.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:400px;height:304px;" /></p><p>The recent Currie Cup competition saw the traditional format of the event moving away from a provincial to a club competition, which resulted in more teams being included. This was hailed as a successful decision.</p><p>On a more worrying note, several Maties Sport clubs mentioned that the current water crisis in the Western Cape is having a negative impact on their ability to train and compete.</p><p>"Due to the current drought our dam is virtually empty, making our training extremely difficult. Our rivers around the province are all empty and therefore we cannot paddle them as usual," says Evan Knight, chairperson of the Maties Canoe Club.</p><p>The club had some recent successes with five Maties paddlers finishing in the Top 100 in the Dusi Canoe Marathon – two in the Top 50. A Maties paddler also came 7th in the non-stop Dusi.</p><p>Evan encourages people to save water by turning off the taps while brushing their teeth and choosing to shower instead of bath.</p><p>Alexander Ham, Commodore of the University of Stellenbosch Yacht Club (USYC) explains that due to the water shortage some water bodies are just too shallow for them to use.</p><p>"With the continuing crisis this is reducing the number of waterbodies that we can sail on."</p><p>He gives the following useful tips: Place a bucket in the shower and use the water to irrigate your garden and use less electricity as power plants use thousands of litres of water to cool.</p><p>Until now, the Maties Swimming club has been 'protected' from the water shortage, but if the drought persists it is highly likely that their opportunity to train in the outdoor facility will be compromised, says coach Brett Wood.</p><p>His tips include changing your soap to something that is environmentally friendly so that you can bucket and channel all grey water into irrigation, placing a full bottle in your toilet's cistern to save water with every flush, covering your pool to reduce water loss by evaporation and installing water tanks.</p><p>The club is in serious training mode, with 25 swimmers competing in the World Championship trials in Durban in April, while 15 junior swimmers competed at the Junior National Championships from 17-21 March.</p><p>Members of the Maties Underwater Club spend as much time as possible in the ocean but do rely on the pool for training in all three of their disciplines (scuba, underwater hockey and freediving). </p><p>"A large group of our club are scuba divers and conservation is very important to them," says Joanne Jeffery.</p><p>She adds the following tip to what has been mentioned above: Fix any leaking pipes and taps or report them where necessary.</p><p>#savewater </p>
Degree opens door to new opportunities for former Maties Rugby captain opens door to new opportunities for former Maties Rugby captainMaties Sport Media<p>​His rugby career might have come to an end recently, but new opportunities await former Maties Rugby captain Beyers de Villiers who graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Management (cum laude) on Thursday evening.</p><p>De Villiers, who represented Maties and WP, believes he was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to play the sport he loves while earning his degrees.</p><p>He would have loved to end his career on his own terms, but to take chances with his health was not an option.<br></p><p>De Villiers recently called halt on his career after suffering concussion in the game against UP-Tuks – Maties' first game of the 2017 Varsity Cup season. Specialists advised him not to play again.</p><p>"I've suffered concussion numerous times since my school rugby days and the side-effects were becoming worse. I had headaches, struggled with concentration and experienced incidents of amnesia. Before this year's Varsity Cup I went back to the specialists and they told me that if I suffer concussion again they won't clear me to play. In the game against Tuks the blow against my head was so hard I lost consciousness for a few moments. And I knew ... It had become too dangerous to play," said De Villiers.</p><p>"It was a difficult, but also an easy decision to stop playing. In fact, the injury made the decision for me. The doctor gave me no choice but to stop playing. There was no other option for me. So in that sense, it was easy. The hard part is that I am missing out on my last year of rugby. And that it happened at the beginning of the season. I would have loved to play this year."</p><p>But to gamble with his health, wasn't worth the risk, said De Villiers. "Any other injury – shoulder, leg, knee, hand – you can recover from. With good rehabilitation and treatment you can play. But concussion is something else..."</p><p>De Villiers made his debut for Maties in 2011 and after six seasons he will miss the off-the-field memories the most. </p><p>"The culture, the feeling of being part of a family and the lessons I have learned. These are the highlights. I have made many friends and built relationships."</p><p>During his time at Maties De Villiers played under Chean Roux, Chris Rossouw and Hawies Fourie. </p><p>"Maties Rugby is definitely on the right track. Hawies' approach is one of establishing structures for support and a professional culture. Players receive support so that they can study, go to the gym, etc. We will soon be where we should be like those universities that are linked to a union."</p><p>De Villiers' advice to other players is to have complete concussion tests done at the beginning of each season. </p><p>"Find out what your baseline is. If you get a few knocks, go for tests again. Be honest with yourself about the symptoms. You'll know if it gets worse; when your memory or concentration deteriorate. Do not throw away your life because you want to play rugby for one more year."</p>
Excellent performances at Swimming Grand Prix at Coetzenburg performances at Swimming Grand Prix at CoetzenburgPia Nänny<p>South Africa's swimming hero Chad le Clos showed excellent form in the 200 m butterfly event at the Swimming Grand Prix held at Coetzenburg over the weekend when he shaved 0.06s off his meet record of last year to win the race in a time of 1:56.54.</p><p>Le Clos indicated before the event that his goal for the year is to qualify for the 2017 FINA World Championships in Hungary and regain the 200 m butterfly title. Le Clos won the Olympic title in this event in 2012 and the world championships title in 2013. However, at the 2015 FINA World Championships Le Clos was pushed into second place by Hungarian Laszlo Cseh and at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio Le Clos had to settle for fourth place as Michael Phelps took gold.</p><p>Le Clos also has his eyes set on the 200 m freestyle and 100 m butterfly world titles. He won both these events in Stellenbosch this weekend in times of 1:48.38 and 52.83 respectively.</p><p>"I'm very happy to be racing here for the third time – it's always a fun day and there were some good performances," a satisfied Le Clos said after the event. He believes Stellenbosch has one of the best facilities in the country. It was the third time that a Grand Prix event was hosted in Coetzenburg's state-of-the-art Olympic-size swimming pool.</p><p>Another Olympian, Cameron van der Burgh, touched the wall first in the 100 m breast stroke but said that the Grand Prix was more about preparation for the SA National Aquatic Championships<strong> </strong>in April than about winning. The national championships will serve as a qualifying event for the FINA World Championships.</p><p>"What makes this event special, is the opportunity to meet the fans and see their excitement about swimming," he said.</p><p>Third-year BCom student Emma Chelius was the pick of the Maties swimmers. She won the 50 m and 100 m freestyle and 50 m butterfly events.</p><p>Rhenish Girls High learner Inge Weidemann came second in the 50 m and 100 m freestyle and third in the 50 m butterfly events while another Rhenish Girls High learner, Kiara Noades, came second in the 50 m and 200 m back stroke events, and third in the 100 m back stroke.</p><p>Marli Jacobs, a fourth-year BEd student, was third in the 100 m as well as the 200 m butterfly events while BCom student Bryce Pendock was third in the 50 m freestyle event.</p><p>Maties swimmers John Maree, Stephano Roodt, Michelle Nieuwstad and Max Kieser also reached the finals of their respective events.</p>
Hard work and determination lead to Varsity Cup debut for Maties rugby player work and determination lead to Varsity Cup debut for Maties rugby playerMaties Sport Media<p>Logan Boonzaaier's story does not only prove that dreams do come true and that hard work is rewarded, but also that the structures Stellenbosch University and Maties Sport have put in place to assist prospective and current student-athletes work.</p><p>Boonzaaier recently made his debut for Maties in the Varsity Cup series. However, his first match in the maroon jersey is preceded by an interesting tale characterised by big dreams and determination.</p><p>"I really wanted to study at Stellenbosch University but my marks weren't good enough," says Boonzaaier, who matriculated from Franschhoek High School in 2014.</p><p>"So in 2015 I applied for the SciMathUS programme with the aim of improving my marks and becoming a Matie. SciMathUS not only helped me to improve my marks and gain admission to SU, it also taught me to prioritise better. To study and get my degree is the most important thing to me. I want to achieve something in my life. I want to have a good job one day."</p><p>The SciMathUS programme – a bridging programme situated in the Faculty of Education – offers learners, who have already passed Grade 12 (with an average of at least 60%) but who do not qualify for higher education, a second opportunity to improve their NSC results in specific subjects to enable them to re-apply for university programmes. The programme offers students a choice between a Science and Accounting stream. Students therefore take either Mathematics and Physical Sciences and rewrite the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination in both subjects or Mathematics and Introduction to Financial Accounting and Introduction in Economics. These students then rewrite the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination only in Mathematics. The other two subjects are offered and assessed by SU.</p><p>After completing the SciMathUS programme successfully, Boonzaaier was accepted to study BCom Financial Accounting at SU in 2016. </p><p>He has always been a keen rugby player and he represented the PSO Barbarians in the first-year's tournament last year.</p><p>He would never have guessed that he had actually taken the first step to becoming a member of the Maties rugby team.</p><p>"Everything happened quite unexpectedly. The coach of the Maties Young Guns (u/20 team) Christoff Lotter saw me play. He called me and told me to come train with the Young Guns. I could not believe it! For me, part of being a Matie is playing rugby for Maties."</p><p>After a season of playing scrumhalf for the Young Guns, Boonzaaier received another call – this time from Hawies Fourie, Maties' coach.</p><p>"He asked me if I would be interested in playing for the Varsity Cup team. Would I be interested?! Again, I could not believe it. Another dream come true. I give all the glory to God for the wonderful way things are happening in my life."</p><p>Boonzaaier made his Varsity Cup debut for Maties when he ran out as replacement scrumhalf against NMMU-Madibaz. He is very excited about the doors that are opening for him.</p><p>Read <a href="">this article</a> for more success stories.</p>
Chad and Cameron returning to Coetzenburg and Cameron returning to CoetzenburgPia Nänny<p>South Africa's swimming hero Chad le Clos will compete in Stellenbosch this weekend with redemption on his mind.</p><p>He will use the Swimming Grand Prix to be held at Coetzenburg from 24-26 February as preparation for the SA National Aquatic Championships<strong> </strong>in April.</p><p>His ultimate goal is to qualify for the 2017 FINA World Championships in Hungary and regain the 200 m butterfly title. Le Clos won the Olympic title in this event in 2012 and the world championships title in 2013. However, at the 2015 FINA World Championships Le Clos was pushed into second place by the Hungarian Laszlo Cseh and at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Le Clos had to settle for fourth place as Michael Phelps took gold.</p><p>"I want to win back that 200 m 'fly title," Le Clos said this week.</p><p>"It's been haunting me since last year. I've said it before – it was the worst race of my career. I'd love Michael to come back, but obviously he's not. The only real form of redemption will be winning that gold in Hungary."</p><p>He also has his eyes set on the 200 m freestyle and 100 m butterfly titles.</p><p>Le Clos will be in action in four events this weekend: the 100 m and 200 m freestyle and the 100 m and 200 m butterfly.</p><p>"I feel good about returning to Stellenbosch – in my opinion it is one of the best facilities in the country and the event always has a great atmosphere."</p><p>It is the third time that a Grand Prix event will be hosted in Coetzenburg's state-of-the-art Olympic-size swimming pool.</p><p>Le Clos won all four items he participated in last year while Olympic silver medallist Cameron van der Burgh, who will be returning for a second time, won the 50m breast stroke event.</p><p>Pierre de Roubaix, swimming head coach and sport manager at Stellenbosch University, said it was an honour to host this event in collaboration with Western Cape Aquatics and Swimming South Africa.</p><p>"We're delighted that well-known swimmers such as Chad and Cameron keep on returning to this event. It also gives our local swimmers a chance to compete against the best in the country."</p><p>Maties swimmer and SA 400 m freestyle champion Caitlin Kat will be in action in the middle distance events. She will be joined by Emma Chelius who brought home three medals from the Durban leg of the Grand Prix series.</p><p>Maties Swimming's SA Junior competitor from Rhenish Girls High, Kiara Noades, who won two gold medals in Durban, will have the opportunity to swim in front of her home crowd.</p><p>Tickets for the event can be purchased in front of the Maties Gymnasium at Coetzenburg between 13:00-14:00 from Monday 20 February till Thursday 23 February. If available, tickets will also be sold at the gate.</p><p>Enquiries on 021 808 4925 (mornings only) or</p><p><strong>Programme and ticket prices:</strong></p><p>24 February – 17:00 heats              R50 per person<br> 25 February – 10:00 finals               R100 per person<br> 25 February – 17:00 heats              R50 per person<br> 26 February – 10:00 finals               R100 per person</p><p>Group packages are also available on request.</p>
Coetzenburg athletics track to be upgraded athletics track to be upgradedPia Nänny<p>The Coetzenburg athletics track, a preferred venue for local and national athletics competitions and the training venue of choice for many international athletes, will undergo extensive upgrades in 2017.</p><p>The athletics track is almost 10 years old and certain areas have deteriorated to such an extent that it doesn't allow for training and competitions. The focus of phase one will be the cloak rooms, clubhouse, offices and track, which will be refurbished at a cost of R40 million.</p><p>The estimated completion date is December 2017 and no events will be hosted in the stadium from February 2017 onwards.</p><p>"Given the fact that Coetzenburg is a venue of choice for Varsity Athletics as well as one of the few coastal venues available for hosting the South African senior championships, we think athletics in the region as well as nationally will benefit from this upgrade," said Ilhaam Groenewald, Chief Director: Maties Sport.</p><p>"Coetzenburg is a preferred destination for many international athletes during their preparation for world championships, Commonwealth competitions and the Olympic Games and our venue is also used for practical sessions by SU Sport Science students, student athletics competitions, school athletics competitions, and the selection trials of many of our provincial teams."</p><p>Coetzenburg was once again a preferred training venue for many international sportsmen and women this summer, with more than 150 international athletes and coaches travelling to Stellenbosch in December and January as part of their pre-season preparation for the World Athletic Championships later this year. </p><p>These included official training squads from Holland, Sweden, France, Germany and Great Britain. Dutch athlete and Olympic silver medallist in the 200m Dafne Schippers, American Olympic gold medallist in the triple jump Christian Taylor and British Paralympian Richard Whitehead were some of the high-profile athletes who trained at Coetzenburg. </p><p>"Maties Athletics has a proud history and we want to provide our student-athletes, our community, our national athletes and our international visitors with the best facilities possible," added Groenewald.</p>
Coach impressed by players' intensity impressed by players' intensityMaties Sport Media<p>The character shown by his players at times when their backs were against the wall – that was what most impressed Steinhoff Maties Cricket coach Andrew Wylie at the recent Varsity Cricket tournament held in Potchefstroom.</p><p>The Maties were top of the log after the round-robin stage, but lost in the semi-final against the University of Pretoria. Home-team Pukke won the title and Maties ended third in the competition.</p><p>"The standard of play was very good. All the teams were very competitive and there were no games where one team trounced the other. The tournament has definitely grown in stature," said Wylie.</p><p>"A number of things stood out for me. Firstly, the way in which each player played his individual role to the benefit of the team. The character they showed in the moments when we had our backs against the wall, is not something you can teach players. I can't take credit for that. It says something about the team. Their body language in both the hard and the good times was impressive too."</p><p>A number of players competed in their first Varsity Cricket tournament. One of them was the captain, Gerhard Erasmus.</p><p>"The youngsters learned and grew a lot. Our captain also grew in stature and in his role. His confidence increased with each match and the players clearly accepted his leadership," added Wylie.</p><p>"I also have to mention the intensity with which the players trained and played – in the build-up to the competition and at the tournament. It was amazing to see."</p><p></p><ul><li>Maties bowler Mihlali May was included in the USSA team that will compete in the Futures Cup later this year. Fenito Mehl was selected as non-travelling reserve.</li><li>Photo credit: SASPA</li></ul>
New basketball coaches join Maties Sport basketball coaches join Maties SportMaties Sport Media<p>Basketball at Stellenbosch University (SU) received a boost with the appointment of two new coaches.</p><p>Kimathi Toboti, coach of the SA Senior Women team, and Masibulele Ntlali, coach of the SA U/20 team, joined Maties Sport from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) as coaches of the women's and men's teams.</p><p>They are looking forward to a new challenge in a different environment and are excited about the high-performance (HP) aspect of basketball at SU. Basketball received its first boost when it was identified as one of the high-performance sport codes at Maties Sport last year.</p><p>"The results Maties have achieved up until now were to a great extent due to potential and talent. The team will benefit greatly from the added high-performance element," said Ntlali.</p><p>In 2016, the Maties Basketball men's team finished sixth (out of 16 teams) in its debut USSA tournament and qualified for the Varsity Sports tournament. </p><p>Ilhaam Groenewald, Chief Director: Maties Sport, is looking forward to the opportunities and possibilities offered by basketball at SU.</p><p>"Our vision is to be strong on all levels. That is why you are here," she told Toboti and Ntlali. "You are part of the change. Coaches are key to the success of any sporting code and we are always looking for new expertise."</p><p>Sean Surmon, Head of the High Performance Unit (HP Unit), is very excited about the new developments at basketball and believes that they send a strong message about how serious Maties are about the sport code.</p><p>The support structure available to HP sport codes will contribute to basketball's success, said Ntlali.</p><p>"We are working on a programme that will change people's lives and that will have an impact on the extended basketball community."</p><p>According to Toboti, their aim is to ensure that Maties Basketball becomes one of the best clubs in the country.</p>
Video: Newcomers excited to be Maties Newcomers excited to be MatiesMaties Sport<p>Maties Sport doesn't only promote high performance sport codes but also a healthy and active lifestyle. </p><p>Both of these elements were showcased at Saturday's welcoming festival for first-years. </p><p>The day wasn't just about having fun and joining in on some great games such as bubble soccer and combat archery, it was also very informative as to what Maties Sport has to offer. Students were introduced to and could gather information about the 30 sport codes Maties Sport offers.</p><p>Newcomers could also pledge their support as Maties Fans and become part of the Maties Legacy project.</p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-embedcode ms-rte-embedil ms-rtestate-notify" unselectable="on"><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div><p><br></p>
Maties Cricket youngsters set for Varsity Cricket Cricket youngsters set for Varsity CricketMaties Sport Media<p>With an average age of 20 years it is a very young Steinhoff Maties Cricket team that will compete in the Varsity Cricket tournament next week.</p><p>The third annual Varsity Cricket tournament – played in Potchefstroom – starts on Monday 30 January. Eight universities will go head-to-head in a T20 tournament and the top four will progress to the semi-finals. Maties will be joined by hosts North West University (NWU-Pukke), defending champions University of Pretoria (UP-Tuks), University of Johannesburg (UJ), University of Western Cape (UWC), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), University of Free State (Kovsies) and the University of Cape Town (UCT).</p><p>An FNB Best Bowler and a Steers Best Batsman will be identified after each match as well as an overall best bowler and batsman at the end of the tournament. The Power Play Plus over, an exciting Varsity Cricket innovation, will feature again at the 2017 tournament. All runs scored within this over will be doubled and added to the team's extras. However, should a batsman lose his wicket during the Power Play Plus over, five runs will be deducted from the batting side's score.<br></p><p>Maties played in the final of the first tournament and made the semi-final last year. This year they will start their campaign against last year's finalist UWC.</p><p>Maties' captain Gerhard Erasmus is one of the players who will make his Varsity Cricket debut. </p><p>"The squad we have for the Varsity Cricket tournament is a very young one. But we are very excited to prove ourselves and the Twenty20 format of the tournament is just the kind of platform you need for that. You can really express yourself in this fast paced format of the game and the kind of energy we have in our squad, coupled with a few calm heads, make us a real prospect to compete for the title. We will be missing a player or two due to injury, but I have the fullest confidence in the depth of our squad. This depth is thanks to the hard work of our coaches."</p><p>The semi-finals and finals will be played on Saturday 4 February.</p><p><strong>Maties' schedule: </strong></p><p>Monday, 30 January: UWC</p><p>Tuesday, 31 January: UCT</p><p>Wednesday, 1 February: UFS; UJ</p><p>Thursday, 2 February: Tuks</p><p>Friday, 3 February: NMMU; Pukke</p>