Modern Pentathlon finishes year on high note

2017-01-11 06:01

THE month of December was a very busy one for the Nelson Mandela Bay Modern Pentathlon Association. All in all they held four events in just six days to bring an end to the year and first half of the 2016/2017 season.

On Saturday, December 10, the first Tetrathlon of the season was held at the picturesque Woodridge College. The first Tetrathlon event was the fencing discipline. This event was expertly managed by expert fencer and coach, Jon-Paul Raper, from the Excelsior Fencing Club in PE.

In Tetrathlon athletes are given scores in each individual discipline which are then added up to determine the final score. Tetrathlon is a sport for all ages and two six-year-olds participated in the event. Both these boys already dreaming of Olympic glory in Modern Pentathlon.

After a competitive session of fencing, athletes turned their attention to the pool. This came almost as relief to the athletes on the sunny day. More good performances followed in the pool by the athletes.

The next event was the Combined Event. This event includes shooting with a Laser Pistol and running a prescribed distance. This is another event that requires super focus and control in the shooting and then an explosion of energy in the run.

In the end Youth E athletes Ludgen le Roux and Keira van Heerden were the winners of their age groups, as well as the top male and female points scorers. The performances at this event showed why as a district they are one of the top contenders at SA Champs, especially in the younger divisions.

Triathle

Later on the same day at the same venue the NMBMPA held the first Triathle of the season. Triathle is an exciting sport with very small margins; a race can change on a poor shoe change or one good or bad round of shooting.

Triathle starts with a small sprint to the laser pistols where one is required to hit five targets or try for 50 seconds. From there they run to the transition area, taking their shoes off and swimming the prescribed distance.

Once done with the swim, shoes have to be put back on to complete the run distance back to the shooting station.

In the first race two six-year-olds, Josh Marais and Danny Baxter, battled it out for first place with their shooting ability really impressing everyone.

In the end Danny managed to take the victory in the Youth F age group. In the Youth E girls’ race Keira van Heerden proved too strong for her competition on the day while the Youth E boys’ race proved to be the race of the day with very small margins swinging the race in the favour of Tristan Marais.

In other divisions Ruan le Roux won the Youth D boys’ race, Keegan van Heerden won the Youth C boys’ race, Damien Smith the Youth B boys’ race, Rhys Poovan (from East London) won the Youth A race and Gareth Vorster won the Junior division. The Youth C girls’ race was won by another East London competitor Sanchia Poovan.

Laser Run

On Sunday, December 22, the grey skies and drizzle in the air could not dampen the spirits of the athletes competing in the first Laser Run of the season. Among the athletes competing, there were nine athletes who had competed at the Laser Run World Champs in Lisbon, Portugal in October, including the Youth E World Champion Tristan Marais.

The venue was full of twists and turns and made for difficult racing conditions but the athletes all handled this with ease, despite a fall here and there.

Laser Run is the same as the Combined Event mentioned earlier. The winners of the different categories were as follows:

Youth F Boys – Alexander Serfontein,

Youth E Boys – Tristan Marais,

Youth E Girls – Keira van Heerden

Youth D Boys – Ruan le Roux

Youth C Boys – Keegan van Heerden

Youth C Girls – Sanchia Poovan

Youth B Boys – Damien Smith

Youth A Boys – Rhys Poovan

Junior Male – Gareth Vorster

Laser Run is an exciting new sport that mixes focus and control with speed and endurance. Cape Town will be playing host to the 2017 Laser Run World Champs in October. The Association is looking to grow Laser Run in PE in order to send a strong team to the World Champs.

Biathle mid-season champs

The second annual Biathle Mid-season Champs were held at St George’s School swimming centre. This event, first held last year, has become a family favourite.

As athletes are racing for medals the competition is serious, but a fun relay event is held where athletes, siblings, parents and friends can make up relay teams to compete. This year a younger sibling chocolate race was also held.

This year’s event saw a few first-time athletes who performed really well. Although some of the regulars had already gone on holiday all races were very competitive.

The results per age group starting with the gold medallists are as follows:

Youth F Boys – Alexander Serfontein, Danny Baxter, Nathan Appels

Youth F Girls – Elah Duru, Nicola Loest, Tatum Lowe

Youth E Boys – Jayson Archibald, Daniel Richter, Tristan Marais

Youth E Girls – Keira van Heerden, Myra Viduya, Megan Hough

Youth D Boys – Ruan le Roux, Corban Olivier, Aidan Ackerman

Youth D Girls – Robyn Hough, Jasmine Witthum

Youth C Boys – Kyle White, Christian Appels, Arno van Heerden

Youth C Girls – Anke Serfontein, Bella Archibald, Kerri-Lee Barnard

Youth B Boys – Damien Smith, Andrew McCallum

Youth A Boys – Stephan Neethling, Daniel Barreto

Youth A Girls – Channah du Plessis

Master A Male – David du Plessis

Master B Male – Bennie Stadler

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