Treverton wins title fight for basketball marathon

2009-08-14 00:00

SOUTH Africa is the new record holder in non-stop basketball marathon playing, thanks to Treverton College.

Charles Saunders of Wheelchair Basketball South Africa declared the event a new world record after the new champs, made up of 22 high school pupils and two of their coaches, managed to play from 10.35 am last Friday right through to Monday evening, claiming the new Guinness world record of 82 hours.

Basketball South Africa and officials from KZN Basketball were also present for the closing ceremony, which was sealed by a Zulu dance and a Scottish piper.

The event organiser and one of the players, coach Rob Wyatt-Minter, said his team not only delivered on its promise of non-stop basketball, but it kept their crowds entertained with good dribbles, shoots and even showy slam-dunks.

“Everyone was in pain. We had blisters on our feet.

“One girl’s feet swelled up to twice its size. We were strapped and bandaged all over the place.

“But the spirit was just fantastic. The vibe was unbelievable.

“The Mooi River community came out in full support and some parents came from as far away as Gauteng and were there at odd hours of the morning. The guys were slam-dunking in the last hour of the game.”

This was Wyatt-Minter’s fifth such marathon. His ability to overcome a lack of sleep and physical pain and fatigue started while he was a member of the KZN basketball squad when they set a world record of 50 hours and 10 minutes.

Since that time, he has helped three Durban schools, where he has taught, to accomplish the same feat, the last being Clifton College three years ago.

This time, Wyatt-Minter and his team beat the required score of 5 000 points and put in 23 000 shoots.

Asked if he plans to do it again, Wyatt-Minter gave an emphatic yes. He said his players were back on the court on Wednesday, already missing the game.

While he admitted it would be nice to hold the record for at least a couple of months, Wyatt-Minter has been telling his team that records are meant to be broken.

And as the claim jets off to the Guinness World Record offices in the United Kingdom for verification, the team will keep their fingers crossed that all goes well and that their efforts can be recorded in the edition of the keenly awaited Guinness Book of World Records.

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