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12 June 2017

Two stars from Merensky shine

Steph-Marie de Lange

Steph-Marie de Lange

Megan MacGregor

Megan MacGregor

Two netball stars from Merensky High School excelled at the winter games trials held in Polokwane on Saturday, 10 June.

Steph-Marie de Lange and Megan MacGregor were chosen as part of a team of 10 players to represent the Limpopo u.16 team at the winter games in Durban during the July holidays.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Education.

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Plasies do the Nampo thing

Nampo 2017

THE NAMPO TEAM... Front: Jaime Coppen and Jade Coppen. Middle: Hannes Schreuder, Hardus van Staden, CJ van der Merwe, Johandrie Klopper, Leoné Slabbert, Corlene Botha, Nicky Smith, Carlien Gerhardt, June Geyer, Tenia Albertyn and Chandler Demos. Back: Stephan Visagie, Johann Coetzee, Dewald Hagner, Mr. Arno Last, Jonathan Ball, Dian Fivaz, Michelle Fivaz, Iszabella le Roux, Marise Keyser, Kayla Gaigher and Dominique Blandin D Chalain.

As tradition dictates, 30 Agri-Merensky learners set off on another Nampo adventure in Bothaville. 15 to 17 May was a highlight on many aspiring farming enthusiasts’ calendar. This popular outing is set aside for grade 9 to 11 learners each year.

On 16 May, a full day was spent at Nampo Park where the learners visited practical demonstrations of high-tech farming equipment, witnessed new technology in action and also attended an auction. A valuable experience was the attendance of a showmanship demonstration.

Before heading home, the group had the privilege of a hands-on tour through the world renowned Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital.

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Plasieland lewer kordate praters

ATKV debat semi-finaal 1

GEREED VIR AKSIE: Dirk Crafford, Suandrie Corbett en Jamie Robertson.

ATKV debat semi-finaal 2

NA-AKSIE-SATISFAKSIE: Suandrie Corbett, Dirk Crafford en Jamie Robertson.

Op Saterdag, 10 Junie, het Hoërskool Merensky se kordate junior debatspan stem dikgemaak tydens die semi-finale ronde van die ATKV-debatskompetisie vir hoërskole. Hierdie kompetisie is aangebied by Hoërskool Generaal Hertzog in Witbank.

Suandrie Corbett, Jamie Robertson en Dirk Crafford het in ‘n warm debatsgesprek te staan gekom teen ‘n span van Hoërskool Nelspruit. Argumente vir en teen die onderwerp: “Kultuurverskille moet ‘n deurslaggewende rol speel in die opstel van skoolreëls.”, het oor en weer gevlieg. Die beoordelaars het omtrent gegons nadat die twee spanne mekaar behoorlik laat les opsê het. Suandrie het uitstekend repliek gelewer. Alhoewel die span nie deurgedring het na die ATKV-finaal nie, het die Plasie-span nie een tree teruggestaan nie en het hierdie debatsgesprek die kroon gespan op maande se voorbereiding en oefening.

Plasieland is trots op dié drie graad 9-leerders en hoop dat hulle sal voortbou op ‘n praattradisie wat goed gevestig is.

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Merensky salutes Alan

Alan Gordon 3

Alan Gordon

Merensky High School old boy, Alan Gordon, class of 2009, recently joined the ambassador programme (Mountain Biking) of Team Navworld, one of the fastest growing lifestyle, outdoor and adventure partners in South Africa.

Gordon started his cycling career in 2005 as a road cyclist but his love for nature lured him to the single track and in 2012 he bought his first mountain bike. After completing a few races, Gordon was hooked. As a native to Tzaneen, Gordon is no stranger to the beautiful scenery that South African mountain bikers enjoy.

He describes the “vibe” in the mountain biking community as “vastly different” to what he was used to and he says the bug bit him hard. But it was not until 2014 that Gordon converted to mountain biking full time. Impressively, in the same year, Gordon won the solo-men category in the 2014 Sabi Experience race. He also came 3rd in the Cape Pioneer Trek, an impressive feat for this newcomer to mountain biking.

In an interview with Navworld, Gordon had the following to say:

Alan, how did you get into cycling?
From an early age, all I ever wanted to do was ride my bike around with my friends. You can tell I really enjoyed it, because I never stopped! Tzaneen isn’t big. When I started out I knew nothing about racing, there was no-one to help me and I just did my own thing. Then, when I was 12, I entered my first local race. It was 45 km and I was hooked. At 15 I entered my first big race, the 94.7 Challenge – that’s when I decided to make cycling my career.

Where would you say you stand on the SA sports scene?
It’s difficult to say. If you take ultra marathons, I’m normally in the top 10-15 in the country.

What is it that draws you to ultra-distance mountain bike racing?
It’s just so much more challenging. It’s not like road cycling were you travel in a pack, and teamwork and strategy get you across the line. Mountain biking is more self-reliant. Basically, you’re on your own; your end results are determined by your own strength and stamina.

How much training do you put in per week?
I train six days per week, putting in about 350 km on my bike. I also workout in the gym and get some running in every afternoon. On my off days, I just try to stay off my feet and chill as much as possible to let my muscles recover.

How do you prepare for upcoming events?
Two weeks before a race I start tapping off my training. Then, in the last week, I only concentrate on recovery rides and getting my head right for the event. There’s no use cramming, you can’t get any fitter than you already are!

Do you ever take time off to chill after a race?
Laughs. Never, there’s always the next race to prepare for. I make sure I take two 2-week holidays per year were I can take things easy. That’s when I leave my bike at home and concentrate on other outdoor activities such as walking on the beach, swimming and hiking. Whatever I do though, I always make sure I remain active.

What do you do when not riding your bike?
Eight months ago I started my cycling shop, Tzaneen Cycle Cafe, and running it keeps me pretty busy during the day when I’m not riding. Generally speaking, I’m an outdoors kind of guy and enjoy spending as much time out in the bush as I can. Recently, I started off-road running too.

What are your goals for 2017?
This year, my main focus is on making my shop a success, so I don’t intend travelling as much as I have in the past. Because of this, I’ll be concentrating on weekend races that allow me to work during the week. That said, I’ll still be entering 4-5 stage races, just not as many as last year.

Will you ever leave Tzaneen?
No ways, I’ll never move from here, it’s a beautiful place to live and so close to nature. As a cyclist, I just have to get on my bike, turn a corner or two and I’m in the mountains – just the way I like it!

Courtesy of Navworld (www.navworld.co.za)

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WhatsUp Head

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

GIRLS HOCKEY: u.16 Limpopo play-offs @ MHS

Friday, 16 June 2017

YOUTH DAY / JEUGDAG
NETBALL: Limpopo practice camp @ PHS, Polokwane
GIRLS HOCKEY: Limpopo semi & finals @ PHS (16 and 17 June)

Sunday, 18 June 2017

FATHERS DAY / VADERSDAG

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Fondsinsameling vir Hilda

Hilda Louw se been moes op 6 September 2016 geamputeer word as gevolg van gangrene.

Bogenoemde fondsinsameling en donasies sal aangewend word vir die kostes van 'n kunsbeen, doktersrekeninge en versorging deur 'n verpleegster.

Hilda was werksaam by Macedamia aftree-oord en almal ken haar vir haar groot liefde en omgee vir die bejaardes.

Tzaneen word gevra om hulle harte en beursies oop te maak.

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