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Mundell set African Record at Olympic Games 11 August 2012
Mundell 4th at African Athletics Championships 29 June 2012
SA Top 3 Men on European Safari 20 June 2012
SA Team selected for World Race Walking Cup in Russia 23 April 2012
ASA Race Walking Champs an Olympic Qualifier - 08 October 2011 23 August 2011
Amazing Ladies 20 July 2011
De Villiers goes sub 12 in Europe 02 July 2011
SA Masters heading to USA 24 June 2011
The joy of Walking - Barbara Nell 23 June 2011
SA's best heading to Ireland 21 June 2011
Next generation making a mark 16 May 2011
Team SA shine in paradise - Corrected 20 April 2011
Lebo - New kid on the block 13 April 2011
SA Champs Showdown in Durban 11 April 2011
WPA Junior and Schools Champs Report 06 April 2011
Pierre Vermaak - Een vir die toekoms 22 November 2010
Spencer even more Super at Seventy 22 November 2010
Two SAMA records fall in Cape Town 08 August 2010
Michelle's qualifying walk (link to article) 03 June 2010
World Race Walking Cup Correction 28 May 2010
Mundell & Swart do SA proud 17 May 2010
Team SA set for Mexico 10 May 2010
Ada Booyens one of World's best 01 December 2009
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Mundell set African Record at Olympic Games- 11 August 2012

Marc Mundell finished in 32nd position in a time of 3:55:32 to break his own African and South African Record at the London Olympic Games. Marc did an excellent job in his maiden Olympics showing true South African determination by finishing strong and achieveing his goal set out before the race started. Well done marc! Next stop Rio 2016.


Mundell 4th at African Athletics Championships - 29 June 2012

Marc Mundell finished 4th in the 20km Walk for men at the recent African Athletics Championships. With the walk taking place earlier than scheduled,weather conditions being unfavourable and organisation on race day being less than perfect, Marc did South Africa proud ahead of his journey to London 2012.


SA Top 3 Men on European Safari - 20 June 2012

South Africa's top three male race walkers; Lebogang Shange, Pierre de Villiers and Wayne Snyman, recently took to the sky on a European race walking safari. Having all had an outstanding season the exposure to the highly compatative IAAF Race Walking Challenge circut was rightly deserved. This not only provided valuable experience but also sent a message to the world that SA is serious about race walking.


XXVI Gran Premo Cantones De a Corune - 9 June 2012

24. Wayne Snyman 1:27:54
25. Lebogang Shange 1:28:00

Pierre De Villiers - DNF

Gare Internazionali di Marcia Sesto San Giovanni - 17 June 2012

17. Lebogang Shange 1:36:44
18. Wayne Snyman 1:39:22
20. Pierre de Villiers 1:40:54



Marc Mundell not only qualified for the Olympic Games in the 50km , but also improved his own South African record, crossing the line in 3:57:57.

Marc Mundell not only qualified for the Olympic Games in the 50km at the World Race Walking Cup in Saransk, Russia on Sunday, 13 May, but also improved his own South African record and the Africa record, crossing the line in 3:57:57.

Mundell improved his previous record of 4:04:54 (Zittau, Germany 25 April 2009) and fulfilled SASCOC and Athletics South Africa’s qualifying criteria (3:59:00) for race walkers having to qualify only once at an international meeting.

“I only had one chance for the 50km this year and I had to utilise it, no matter the conditions,” said the 28-year-old about the hot weather conditions. “I battled with the heat throughout the race, pouring water all over my body. It constantly evaporated each lap and dehydration and over-heating was a concern.”

After incurring muscle cramps from the 33km mark his pace slowed and he had to pick up the pace in order to finish in the goal time he set for himself, averaging 5 minutes per kilometre. Consistency helped Mundell through the last 10km allowing him to finish 26th overall.  “I had to dig really deep for the final kilometres, trusting in my support team, training and my mental willingness to embrace the pain and to take my body to a new level of discomfort, whilst many athletes were suffering around me.”

Mundell was not included in the 2009 World Championships team in Germany after recording his previous B-standard time on debut in 2009 in Zittau, Germany.  This will be Mundell’s first Olympic Games.

In the 20km walk Lebogang Shange had the best performance amongst the team finishing in 1:30.05 (77th).  Thami Hlatshawayo clocked 1:30:58 while Wayne Snyman finished in 1:32:16. Pierre de Villiers came through in 1:34:03 while Armond Nel competed at his first international meeting clocking 1:35:14


SA Team selected for World Race Walking Cup- 23 April 2012

A team of six men will represent the Green and Gold in Saransk, Russia on the 12 th and 13 th May 2012 at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup.

The cream of the country’s current race walking talent was on display at the recent Yellow Pages SA Senior Championships in Port Elizabeth on 14 April 2012.

The Men’s 20km race was one of the fastest walking races ever on SA soil with six walkers going under 90 minutes. Lebogang Shange (CGA) beat Pierre de Villiers (CGA) by mere seconds with Wayne Snyman (AGN) continuing his good form finishing in third. Marc Mundell (AGN), the current SA 50km record holder, finished in fourth place followed by Armond Nel (ASWD) in fifth position. These top 5 men all walked personal bests.

The Women’s 20km race walk saw a new SA Champion being crowned. Jessica van Wyk (ACNW) won the race by just under a minute from Michelle Hopkins (CGA). Suzanne Liebenberg (ACNW) finished in third.


50km Men - Marc Mundell

20km Men - Lebogang Shange, Pierre de Villiers, Wayne Snyman, Armond Nel, Thami Hlatswayo

Team Manager - Oliver Mundell

Team Coach - Carl Meyer

MEN 20km Walk – Top 6 Results from ASA Senior Championships – 14 April 2012


Lebogang Shange CGA



Pierre de Villiers CGA



Wayne Snyman AGN



Marc Mundell AGN



Armond Nel ASWD



Thami Hlatswayo AGN


WOMEN 20km Walk – Top 3 Results


Jessica van Wyk ACNW



Michelle Hopkins CGA



Suzanne Liebenberg ACNW


From Left: Pierre de Villiers, Lebogang Shange, Marc Mundell, Thami Hlatswayo,
Wayne Snyman, Armond Nel


Amazing Ladies - 20 July 2011

Recently the WMA World Track & Field Championships was held in Sacramento, USA, from 6 July 2011 to 17 July 2011. South Africa was well represented in the Race Walking events. Three ladies in particular did SA proud with their excellent performances.

Barbara Nell (W 55-59) clinched three Gold medals in the 5000m, 10km (new SA record), & the 20km. Masterful walking by Barbara, achieving the highest honours yet again.

Vey Hildegard (W 70-74) brought home three Bronze medals in the 5000m, 10km & 20km. Breaking the current SA records in all her events.

Monica Risk (W 50-54) finished the 5000m in 5th place, stepped up to 4th place in the 10km, and medalled in the 20km getting the Bronze Medal.

Well done to all of the walkers achieving medals, PB’s and setting good times.


De Villiers goes sub 12 in Europe - 02 July 2011

SA Senior Champion Pierre de Villiers showed once again why he is presently regarded as SA's form race walker. Pierre clocked a time of 11:33.63 over 3000m to place Third at the 60th Cork City Sports Athletics Meeting in Munster on 02 July 2011. His time is seconds away from the SA record of 11:27.20 which was set by Chris Britz in 1989.

The race was won by Olympic Medalist and former World Champion Javier Fernandes of Spain in a time of 11:14.63. Africa's top walker Hatem Ghoula of Tunisia came second in 11:26.34.


SA Masters heading to USA - 24 June 2011

SA will again hope for success when some of SA's best Masters Walkers will be heading to Sacremento, California for the World Masters Athletics Championships.


Hannes Swanepoel


Maria Ghisleni
Monica Beck
Barbara Nell
Shiela Pomario
Hildegard Vey

Do SA proud!


The Joy of Walking - Barbara Nell - 23 June 2011

On July 1 st, 2011, I celebrate 20 years of walking. It has been an amazing journey and enriched my life immensely.


I started walking with Run/Walk for Life in my mid 30’s, primarily to give up smoking. Initially I enjoyed walking around the leafy suburbs of Johannesburg with my fellow walkers. My Run/Walk for Life Branch Manager encouraged me to enter races and to attend a Race Walking Clinic. I met my first Race Walking Coach there, and for the next four years I trained seriously with a view to competing at the highest level. I was rewarded with the award of my National Colours in Athletics and in being selected as part of the South African Race Walking Team to attend the World Cup of Race Walking, in Beijing, China in April 1995.

Since then I have walked all over my city, my country and the world.

I have won 33 SA National titles. 9 gold medals have been achieved at Senior (all ages) National Championships and 24 gold medals at SA Masters (above 35 years old) National Championships.

I have twice been the All Africa Record Holder of the 20km Walk. In 1996 I was the first woman in Africa to break 1 hour 50 on a 20km in Durban and in 1998 I walked a 20km in 1 hour 43 in Naumburg, Germany, which was then also an All Africa Record.

I have also broken 18 South African National Records.

In 2000 I broke the World Record in the age group Women 45-49 when I walked a 5000m track race in Oudtshoorn in 24:14.

As a Masters Race Walker, I have won 9 World Masters Championship titles in distances of 5000m, 10km and 20km. I won my first world title in 1997 in Durban, I won 2 more in Brisbane, Australia in 2001, and a further 2 in Carolina, Puerto Rico in 2003. In San Sebastian, Spain in 2001, I won another title and in Riccione, Italy in 2007 I won 3 more gold medals.

These accolades have been wonderful, but they are only moments in time. What is important for me is that I get out there nearly every day of the year to enjoy my walking and enhance my life.


My life has been greatly enhanced by the benefits of daily exercise in so many ways.

Physically :

The health benefits of walking or Race Walking are well documented. My health has improved in so many areas. My asthma is under control and my lungs are better than ever. My medical practitioners are constantly impressed by my Heart Rate, my blood pressure, my bone density and the consistency of my weight.


Daily exercise is great for the mind. It has enabled me to have a significantly improved positive outlook on life due to the sense of empowerment accomplished by achieving exercise goals on a daily basis and also a sense of being in control of my life and responsible for my choices. My energy levels have improved dramatically with walking.

So many life lessons have been learnt from daily walking and racing competitions. I have discovered how resilient I am.

I enjoy taking myself to the edge of “my edge” and see each race as an opportunity to find out how well the training programme is working. I am committed to giving of my best in training and in racing and my ultimate goal is that of “pursuing excellence.”

Spiritually :

Being outdoors everyday and taking in the fresh air, the blue skies and the wonder of nature (even in an urban setting) has taught me so much about the human spirit. I can’t help but be uplifted and energised from walking.


Sport has taught me so much about life including the ups and downs of both, and on reflection, it has been an amazing journey over the last 20 years.

I am so grateful for the good health and the wonderful support I have received from family and friends and my great team of coaches, physiotherapists, Massage therapist, Pilates Instructor and Tai Chi teacher, who have all contributed to my success.


I leave on Monday 27 th June to attend the World Masters Athletics Championships in Sacremento, California. I will be competing in the 55-59 age group in the 5000m track walk on July 7 th and the 10km (July 12 th) and 20km (July 16 th) road walks.

I am currently one of the Walking coaches at the Wanderers Club in Johannesburg, where I coach about 20 inspiring walkers, many of whom have achieved at national and international level and many others who have personal goals that they achieve through regular walking. My fellow coach and I are committed to developing walking in South Africa.

I am also a Martha Beck Certified Life Coach and I specialise in the area of Sports Life Coaching. My passion is helping athletes from all sports to overcome their own personal obstacles that prevent them from achieving their potential.

I intend to continue walking as I have learnt that “there are no limits”, only the ones we impose on ourselves. Walking is one of the best and most accessible forms of exercise and I encourage everyone to try it.


SA's best heading to Ireland - 22 June 2011

Some of SA's best walkers will be heading to Dublin, Ireland this week to compete in the 18th Grand Prix of Race Walking.

SA 20km Champion Pierre de Villiers and Frican Bronze medalist Wayne Snyman will be competing in the 20km Walk.

SA 50km record holder Marc Mundell will be competing in the 50km walk.

Watch this space for results.

We wish them well.


Next generation making a mark - 16 May 2011

SA has some of the best young walkers in Africa. This was proven at the 10th African Junior Championships in Gaborone, Botswana from 12 to 15 May 2011.

In the Junior Men's 10 000m race Ruan Wesels finished in 4th place with a time of 49:43.75. Mfana Mbatha fiinished in 5th place in 52:59.21.

In the Junior Women's 5000m race Inge Kotze finished in 4th place with a time of 29:32.40.


Team SA shine in paradise - 20 April 2011 - Corrected

South Africa's top 3 male walkers were chosen to represent SA at the recent African Race Walking Championships in Mauritius on 16 and 17 April 2010. Considering that they had to race a week after the National Championships and that the route presented was far from satisfactory they still persevered and managed to bring back some silverware.

1. Hèdi Teraoui - Tunisia - 1:29:40
2. Lebogang Shange - SA - 1:33:06
3. Wayne Snyman - SA - 1:33:55
4. Pierre de Villiers - SA - 1:36:41


Lebo - New kid on the block - 13 April 2011

We had a chat with Lebogang Shange from Central Gauteng, SA's new exciting race walking talent. Lebo, as he is known by fellow athletes and those supporting him, is experiencing a dream season on the track and the road this year. Lebo dipped under the 90 minute mark at the National Championships in Durban this past weekend. Coming second to SA's premier walker this year Pierre de Villiers, in an excellent time of 89:49.

How did you discover race walking?

The first time I saw race-walking was on TV, they were showing the Take 5 Relay, and I really liked what I saw.   I thought the style of race-walking was a good challenge and a goal to work towards.

Tell us about your coach?

My coach is a good guy, with a lot of patience and he believes in me and my race-walking.  I owe most of my success to him.

Who is your role model?

My role model is Carl Meyer.  He motivates walkers and is a good coach.

What motivates you?

The more I watch the Russian guy walk, the more motivated I get.

What is your goal?

My goal is to hold the World Record for Race-Walking in my age group, and to represent South Africa at the Olympics.

What is your dream for race walking in South Africa?

My dream for race-walking is to see it grow, with more people, more challenges and good judges.

If you stood on a podium and could deliver a message to race walkers, what would it be?

My message to race-walkers would be to keep walking and to keep training and to believe in themselves.

I would also like to thank Mr. Bob and Brenda, and my coach Tshepo and Rose Shabalala for all their support.


SA Champs Showdown in Durban - 11 April 2011

This past weekend saw SA's best walkers compete for the National title in the shadows of the famous Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. In the Men's race Pierre de Villiers (CGA) and Lebogang Shange (CGA) both walked sub 90 minutes to take the Gold and Silver respectively. Wayne Snyman came third just over 90 minutes.

In the Women's race SA record holder Susan Swanepoel (AGN) took the Gold. Michelle Hopkins (CGA) and Lesley van Buuren (CGA) took Silver and Bronze respectively.

See full results here


WPA Junior and Schools Champs Report - 06 April 2011

This past weekend saw the WPA Youth, Junior and U23 race walking champs being held as part of the WPA & WP Schools T&F Championships at Bellville Stadium with some excellent performances being set with ten disqualifications.

In the 10,000m race walk which started at 7am: -

In the 5,000m race walk which started at 8am: -


Pierre Vermaak - Een vir die toekoms - 22 November 2010

Pierre Vermaak het op Saterdag, 20 November 2010, tydens die ASA Interprovinsiale Atletiekkampioenskappe in Durban die 1500m stap vir seuns onder 13 gewen.

Sy wentyd van 7min 14.38sek is vinniger as die tyd van 7min18.09 sek wat in 2009 tydens die SA Skole Kampioenskap in Rustenburg op 30 Maart 2009 deur ‘n atleet Quewin-Earl Krotz (Western Cape) opgestel is en wat die vinnigste tyd deur ‘n onder 13 seun in Suid-Afrika was.

Pierre is gebore op 1 April 1998 en is dus 12 jaar oud en neem nog die hele 2011 onder 13 deel.

Hy is ‘n graad 5 leerling aan die Laerskool Louw Geldenhuys in Linden Johannesburg. Hy is lid van die UJ Junior klub.

Wat sy prestasies so uitstekend maak is dat hy tot dusver nog net aan vier wedlope deelgeneem het:

Sy pa Frik Vermaak rig hom af. Hy het sy belangstelling in stap gekry weens sy pa se betrokkenheid by die sport waar hy atlete soos Stan Valentine, Barbara Nell, Felicita Falconer en ander afgerig het en ook die spanbestuurder was van die SA Spanne na die Wêreld Stapbeker in 1993 Monterey Mexico, 1995 Beijing China, 1997 Podebrady Tjeggiese Republiek en 1999 in Frankryk.



Spencer even more Super at Seventy - 22 November 2010

Well known WPA walker and resident virtual coach, Jürgen Spencer, is doing it again. Just a few days after his 70th birthday he set his first SAMA record at Parow in the 5000m. Here he clocked a time of 28:25, which he later improved on again. Jürgen Spencer is already a record holder of numerous SAMA records. Below is a list of his recent record times.

3000m - 16:26 - Parow - 16 October 2010 SAMA
5000m - 27:55 - Parow - 12 November 2010 SAMA
30km - 03:10:23 - Oudtshoorn - 23 October 2010 WPA

You can get walking tips from Jürgen at;


Two SAMA records fall in Cape Town - 08 August 2010

Ross McDonald and Stuart Halsall broke South African Masters records in the M35 -39 and M80-85 respectively at the WPA/ Grand Prix in Youngsfield, Cape Town. McDonald did the 30km in 2:40:46. Halsall completed the 20km in 2:24:43.


Michelle's qualifying walk (link to article) - 03 June 2010

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World Race Walking Cup Correction - 28 May 2010

Upcoming star Corli Swart came home with an excellent result from the World Cup.Unfortunately the race officials reported to the world that it is a new SA Record.

After consulting the South Africa Record stats we noticed that the record still belongs to Lee-Ann Watts (50:36), a record that she established at the University Championships in 2001 in Port Elizabeth.

Corli showed us with her great result that she has the talent to break Lee-Ann's record. There is still lots of races coming up this year and we all believe
that she can do it.


Mundell & Swart do SA proud - 17 May 2010

Marc Mundell and Corli Swart flew the SA flag with pride at the IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Chihuahua, Mexico this past weekend. Braving the extreme heat and altitude both walkers displayed a fighting spirit and completed their respective races in competitive times. Mundell completed the 50km race in 4:14:42 in 30th place while Swart completed the 10km race for Junior Women in 53:43.

View photos of Marc's race courtesy of Dave McGovern...our favorite coach.

View Full results


Team SA set for Mexico - 10 May 2010

Chihuahua, Mexico will host the IAAF Race Walking Cup this year on 15 and 16 May 2010. Team SA will be represented by Marc Mundell in the 50km and Corli Swart in the 10km. Gerard Moerdyk will be the Manager for the Team. The whole of the SA Race Walking Community would like to wish the team all the best...Make Mzanzi proud!

For more info visit the IAAF Race Walking Cup 2010 Website


Ada Booyens one of World's best - 01 December 2009

The selection for the WMA Best Masters 2009 has been finalised, there were 4 female nominations and 5 male nominations as followed, with their selected events from their Regional Nominees, and the WMA Councils decision.

Remarkably 2 SA Master athletes were nominated of wich one is the South African Race Walker, Ada Booyens (coached by Carl Meyer) who achieved 3 Gold Medals at the recent World Masters Championships in Finland.

I believe this is a massive recognition for our SA athletes proving that we truly do have the best in the world in SA.

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