Tuks Sport

Meet TuksCheerleading

Caitlyn Walsh

Perdeby interviewed leaders of TuksCheerleading, Unathi Jofile and Nkosingiphile Mncube, to get an understanding of TuksCheerleading and why they consider it to be an excellent sport to participate in.


What can TuksCheerleading offer those who are interested?
TuksCheerleading can offer [you] a sense of purpose, a healthy mind and body, as well as a chance to meet new people and make new friends.


How can you become a part of TuksCheerleading?
To be a part of TuksCheerleading, you would have to attend the try-outs which are usually at the beginning of each semester. The dates are published on the TuksCheerleading webpage and there are also posters around campus to inform people of the try-out dates. Alterna­tively, [you] could contact either myself or the captain, Unathi Jofile.


What does TuksCheerleading entail?
TuksCheerleading is focused not only on the team, but also on the individual. We believe that if one falls, the rest of the team follows, and if one rises, the rest of the team follows suit. With this, we focus on building each athlete up in whatever way possible. When an athlete either wants to learn a skill or is struggling with one, we put our heads together to think of a solution to help better that athlete and keep encouraging them. When that athlete finally learns that skill, we celebrate as a team.

With that being said, when we need to get things done, we work as a team and we work hard at whatever it is that we need to accomplish. We encourage each athlete to realise their potential, and in so doing, we further the potential and success of the team. We are one team, but a team made up of individuals who have individual strengths and weaknesses, and we use this knowledge and fact to build up the team.


Can TuksCheerleading benefit [you] physically (and in terms of health), and if so, how?
TuksCheerleading, as with any other physical sport, has many physical benefits. In addition to building a strong body, exercise can also play a vital part in [your] mental and psycho­logical abilities. I speak from personal experi­ence when I say that exercise can help [you] to focus and to regulate [your] mood, especially as a student [when you have] such mentally and psychologically demanding schedules. As the Latin phrase goes, “mens sana in corpore sano”, which translates to, “a healthy mind in a healthy body”.

Read more: Meet TuksCheerleading

TuksCycling takes on Zwartkop Raceway with Ruben van der Merwe

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TuksCycling participated in the Zwartkop Raceway over the weekend on 18 March. The club sent members to compete in the event; Ruben van der Merwe, Johan Jooste and Andries Nigrini. van der Merwe sat down with Perdeby to discuss the event, training and the mental aspect of cycling.


What is the Zwartkop event and how does competing in it benefit club members?
The event is a criterium race, which is a race of multiple laps that amount to a 1km course for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes, a bell goes off for one last lap to determine the winner. Points are accu­mulated after a few races to determine the overall winner. Cornering and bike handling plays a large part of the race, therefore requiring a great deal of technical skills therefore benefiting the members by improving their bike handling and cornering confidence.


What is your training regime and how do different competitions affect your training technique?
About a year ago I started working with a coach, Jaco Ferreira, who I give my events and my goals to. [Among other things], he will use my stats from my training, heart rate, power to provide me with an analysed program to prepare for the events and to improve my weaknesses for these specific events.


How do you mentally prepare yourself for the challenges you face while competing?
For me, mindset is everything in this sport. There’s always the risk of facing challenges like misreading a situation and ultimately getting dropped by the bunch. But there’s also always a next race. I prepare for challenges by accepting them. I tell myself that for the next 3-4 hours I’m going to experience extreme suffering and push my limits. Time passes quickly in a race but the feeling of regret and giving up lasts a lot longer than just pushing yourself for those few hours.

One might have more talent or skills then you do, but if you can push yourself a little further and harder over one more climb while others give up, you get closer to your goal. It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.

Read more: TuksCycling takes on Zwartkop Raceway with Ruben van der Merwe

A fall from grace?


The FNB Varsity Cup defending champions FNB Tuks have had a string of unwanted and surprising loses as they kicked off the defense of their title with a 19-17 home defeat to a plucky FNB Shimlas on 29 January. This was followed by a historic night in Johannesburg for the impressive FNB Wits outfit which recorded their first ever win over TuksRugby since the conception of the tournament.

Despite a valiant effort at the Danie Craven Stadium on a blustery Stellenbosch night, a gutsy UP-Tuks side slumped to their third successive defeat on 12 February, going down 24-16 to the men from the Cape. FNB Tuks also lost 23-13 to FNB Ikeys in round five.

Read more: A fall from grace?

Sports Update 5 March 2018




On 3 March and 4 March TuksTennis hosted the 2018 leg of the Student Club Champs. The championship will continue on 10 March and the competition is open to all UP students.

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Blue Bulls TuksRugby Academy 101

Caitlyn Walsh

Established to aid passionate rugby players, the Blue Bulls Tuks Rugby Academy promotes making a career out of rugby for those who love the sport. Perdeby interviewed Wynand Moolman, manager of the academy, to find out what the rugby academy can offer players.


What is the Blue Bulls TuksRugby Academy and why was it established?

The Blue Bulls TuksRugby Academy was established to use rugby to attract passionate rugby players to the University of Pretoria and the Blue Bulls Rugby Union. It was also established to develop and broaden the tal­ented pool of players for the Blue Bulls Rugby Union and [UP] in a well-structured rugby program.

The academy creates an environment where rugby can be used to teach [...] good habits on and off the rugby field. The academy may also use rugby to install morals and values in players.

Read more: Blue Bulls TuksRugby Academy 101

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