Bellville AC dominate 80km Big Walk - 11 November 2007

Bellville Athletics Club duo Schalk Walters & Trudi Carstens won the 80km in the Men’s and Women’s divisions respectively at the Discovery/Cape Times Big Walk. Walters won the race for the first time after coming second a year ago. Trudi Carstens took the honors for the seventh consecutive time, cementing her legendary status as the best female ultra distance walker in SA. Other noticeable victories by Bellville athletes were Armond Nel, who recently broke the SA U\18 5000M record, winning the 20km. Johan van Zyl came out victorious in the 25km and Pieter Vorster took Gold in the 30km.

Almost 25 000 walkers took the streets of Cape Town to enjoy the beautiful scenery and festive atmosphere. Walkers young & old could choose distances ranging from 5km to 80km. This year proved to be another success for the organisers and the people participating.

PROVISIONAL RESULTS – BIG WALK 2007 (Full & Detailed results out soon)

80km Big Walk

Men: 1st Schalk Walters, 2nd Rodney Bashman, 3rd Alvin Schuller

Women: 1st Trudi Carstens, 2nd Vanessa Theron, 3rd ????

50km Big Walk

Men: 1st Myolisi Xayo, 2nd Roger Maccorrol, 3rd Kgosi Nolebatsi

Women: 1st Martha Pretorius, 2nd Rosa Areosa, 3rd Belinda Heidman

30km Big Walk

Men: 1st Pieter Vorster, 2nd Alan Newkirk, 3rd Elroy Rogers

Women: 1st Annette Greyvenstein, 2nd Maryanne Wilkinson, 3rd Lizelle Erasmus

25km Big Walk

Men: 1st Johan van Zyl, 2nd Malcolm Salida, 3rd Andrew Peterson

Women: 1st Elizabeth Taylor, 2nd Cynthia van Wyk, 3rd Isabelle Roux

20km Big Walk

Men: 1st Armond Nel,2nd Salie Taliep, 3rd Lanley Davis

Women: 1st Lesley van Buuren, 2nd Henriette Schoeman, 3rd Liana Olivier

15km Big Walk

Men: 1st Mario Garces

Women: 1st Theresa Isaacs

10km Big Walk

Men: 1st Yousuf Kanovni

Women: 1st Maria Homeyr

5km Big Walk

Men: 1st Charles Reynolds

Women: 1st Alicia Hartnick

SA 50km Womens record recognized - 06 Nonember 2007

ASA has announced today that the 50km Womens Walk Record is officially recognized. Trudi Carstens from Western Province who has dominated this event for the past few years is now the official SA Record holder with a time of 5.42.30 walked at the ASA 50km and Interprovincial Championships in Oudtshoorn on 07 July 2007.

New 20km Mens World Record

World record for Vladimir Kanaykin at Race Walking Final in Saransk

Saturday 29 September 2007 Saransk, Russia – Russia’s Vladimir Kanaykin has in the last few minutes established a new World 20km Race Walk record of 1:17:16* at the 2007 IAAF Race Walking Challenge Final being held today.

The 22-year-old Russian is a former World Youth and Junior champion and took the European Cup title earlier this year, and his time improves the old mark (1:17:21) of reigning three-times World 20km champion Jefferson Perez (ECU) which was set in Paris at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics (23 Aug 2003).

IAAF

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World Masters Results - Women 5000M

Barbara Nell takes Gold in 5000M.

The Masters World Champs Results as per
http://www.dbwma2007.org/results/atwma/2007/riccione0409200701/at/indexframe.htm

W40
2. Hendrietta SCHOEMAN 28:02.85
5. Wilme PIETERSE 30:03.45
6. Cheryl-Lee DEAN 31:18.45

W45
4. Maria GHISLENI 27:26.95
8. Ada BOOYENS 28:55.50
10. Wilna JORDAAN 29:55.30

W50
1. Barbara NELL 26:38.85
DQ. Erdine BURGER DISQ

W55
13. Mathilda KAMPER 31:11.00

W60
6. Daphne DU PREEZ 30:53.95

W65
5. Hildegard VEY 31:51.45

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Dave McGovern Clinic JHB- 27 August 2007

JHB Walkers were treated to a wealth of walking knowledge on the weekend of 23 -26 August 2007. Walkers from around Gauteng and of various fitness levels came to the University of Johannesburg Stadium to learn how to improve their race walking technique.

Dave McGovern accompanied by his wife Loretta took the Clinic participants through their paces, fine tuning their techniques and sharing valuable tips on how to walk faster, more effective with better results. An USA Team walker herself, Loretta showed the participants waking specific stretches and exercises focusing on key muscles. Dave took footage of every walker through the weekend to show the difference and improvements made after one-on-one sessions and some technique work.

A special thanks must go out to the University of Johannesburg for allowing us the use of the stadium. Also a big thanks to Dave and Loretta for sharing their knowledge in SA and helping to make race walking a more popular and understood sport. Hope to see you in SA again soon.

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SA Interprovincial Champs 07- 10 July 2007

The Annual ASA Interprovincial Race Walking Championships in Oudshoorn dished up a feast of walking this year with a National Record being broken and numerous National walkers warming up before packing their bags for international competition.

In the 50km the title was won by CGA’s Thabiso Tsagane in a time of 5:10:31. In the biggest ever Women’s field the National Record was broken by WP's Trudi Carstens in 5:42:30.

Various Walkers going to compete at International events competed in the 10km and 20 km races. One of them, Ruzanne Harris from Boland won the Women’s 20km race in 1:49:52.

The Interprovincial Championships also play host to some development races that help introduce race walking into the community. Walkers from all ages took part in this year’s 3km and 5km races.

This year Western Province won the Interprovincial Championships by a landslide, dethroning Central Gauteng, who came second, as the best race walking province in SA. Athletics Gauteng North came third.

This well organized event acts as a showpiece and meeting place for walkers from all over SA to compete against each other outside the normal racing season.

View Results

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Masters Walkers to Italy - 05 July 2007

The proud list of Race Walkers that will be representing South Africa at the World Masters Champs later this year in Riccone, Italy.

We wish them well with their training and look forward to the many medals that they will bring back to SA!!!

Athletes Provinces Events
     
Ada Booyens FS 5000W
Erdine Burger WPA 5000W,10kmW
Cheryl-Lee Dean CGA 5000W,10kmW
Daphne Du Preez CGA 5000W,10kmW
Vincent Ghisleni CGA 5000W,20kmW
Maria Ghisleni CGA 5000W,10kmW
Wilna Jordaan MPU 5000W,10kmW
Mathilda Kamper AGN 5000W,10kmW,20kmW
Carl Meyer CGA 5000W,10kmW,20kmW
Barbara Nell CGA 5000W,10kmW,20kmW
Wilme Pieterse MPU 5000W,10kmW
Hendriette Schoeman AGN 5000W,10kmW,20kmW
Hildegard Vey CGA 5000W,10kmW
     

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Dave McGovern Clinic News - Reminder - 29 June 2007

Attention all Walkers - The cut-off date for participants to register for the JHB Dave McGovern Race Walking Clinic is 25 July 2007. This is an opportunity not to miss out on. This World Renowned Clinic will not only transform the way you think of race walking but will help you make you the best walker you can be.

This popular Clinic will only cost R1200 per athlete. Don't miss out - space is limited.

For more information and a registration form contact Malcolm Salida at malcolm@vine.co.za or Pieter Vorster at pvorster@racewalk.co.za.

Also follow this link for more info.

Hope to see you there

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Two top walkers in action in Poland - 25 Jume 2007

South Africa's No.1 ranked male and female walkers took on some of the world's best in Krakow, Poland at the IAAF Race Walking Challenge's Polish leg. Nicolene Cronje is currently based in Europe and trains under a Polish coach while Marc Mundell travels to Europe to compete.

Both set respectable times. Cronje finished in 14th place with a time of 1:47.10. Mundell placed 17th in a time of 1:33.58. It is great for SA race walking if our top athletes compete on the world stage against the best the globe can through at us.

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Six Walkers selected for All Africa Games - 15 June 2007

Six Walkers have been selected for Team South Africa to compete at the upcoming All Africa Games to be held in Algreria, leaving on the 15th of July 2007 They are;

Nicolene Cronje
Ruzanne Harris
Nomsa Buthelezi
Marc Mundell
Thamie Hlatswayo
Werner Appel

Additionally, One Youth Walker, Dewald Bekker has been selected for the IAAF World Youth Games in Czech Republic.

Well done and Good luck to all. Fly SA's flag proudly.

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ASA 50km RACE WALKING CHAMPIONSHIP AND INTERPROVINCIAL RACE WALKING EVENT - 15 June 2007

BACKGROUND

The master brain behind the championship is Mr Willy Ward from Sedgefield Striders. Willy has a great love for race walking and held the SA the record in his age category 50-55 in 50km. As an ambassador for the sport, he decided to start with the development of race walking in the SWD about 12 years ago, after having moved from Durban, where amongst other he coordinated the race walking for the Masters’ World Championship 1996.

Willy facilitated an Elite series in 1997 in Sedgefield. Race walker across the country expressed the need for an event with different race distances. The SWD Race Walking Committee decided to facilitate such an event with the following objectives:

1. to facilitate the Athletics SA 50km race walking championship;

2. provide different distances for other race walkers to compete and at the same time, allow maximum support throughout the race for the 50km championship;

3. allow for an unofficial interprovincial championship;

4. allow race walkers in the masters category to compete against one another in an event that will recognise their times officially for provincial and national colours;

5. allow the opportunity for the youth to get involved in the sport;

6. allow the opportunity for senior race walkers to act as role models for the youth.

The road opposite the Defence Force in Oudtshoorn was the ideal venue for the championship. It was officially accredited by Norrie Williamson and has IAAF status. This means that any record broken at the event will officially be recognised by Athletics SA and the IAAF. The height above sea level makes this venue the ideal place for any race walker from any province and more specifically the long distances.

Athletics SA supported the SWD and the event was held on a trial basis in 2002 for the first time. Athletics SA realised in 2003 that the support by fellow race walkers for the 50km championship is absolute essential and awarded the ASA 50km RACE WALKING CHAMPIONSHIP AND INTERPROVINCIAL RACE WALKING EVENT to ASWD for a three year period. This was extended for 2007.

DISTANCES

The championship sees race walkers compete in the following available distances:

50km – Men and ladies
30km – Men and ladies
20km – Snr men and ladies with category prizes from 40+
10km – Ladies 30+ and men 60+ as well as juniors boys 18-19
5km – Youth boys and girls in different age categories
3km – Development race

HIGHLIGHTS

The excellent support along the 1km circular route and flat surface resulted in some highlights during the past few years. Some of them in order of the year completed, were:

2002 – Pieter Esterhuizen breaks the SA 10km Junior record in 44.53

2005 – Brenda Nooy breaks the world 20km record in her age category 50-55 in 1:48:54
Jurgen Spencer breaks the SA 20km record in his age category 65-70 in 1:55:42
Gwen Smeeton breaks the SA 10km record in her age category 35-40 in 55:31
The biggest field of entries were received in history of Athletics for the 50km championship.

2006 – Jurgen Spencer breaks the SA 30km record in his age category 65-70 in 3:07:10

GROWING PARTICIPATION

The race has grown from 56 people in 2002 to 115 in 2006. A record number of entries are expected for the event in July 2007.

The race has seen an excellent growth in the 50km event and 10km for ladies in their different age categories.


THE FUTURE OF THE EVENT

It is suggested that the different provinces submit their motivation to Athletics SA after this even to be awarded the ASA 50km RACE WALKING CHAMPIONSHIP AND INTERPROVINCIAL RACE WALKING EVENT for the period 2008 - 2010.

It is suggested that Athletics SA consider the following when proposals are made:

- easy access by all provinces;

- the track, which should ideally be a 1km circular route, should be certified by an IAAF official;

- the proposed marketing plan to attract international participation;

- the proposed plan to encourage participation in the junior age categories;

- the province needs a good supportive admin centre to organise the event;

- sponsorship for the event.

Henk Booysen
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European Safari off to a good start - 02 June 2007

Marc Mundell's European Safari has started off on a good note. Continuing on his good form, Marc once again walked himself under the 90-minute mark to set a respectable time of 1:29.50 at the IAAF Race Walking Challenge Grand Prix in La Coruna, Spain.

Competing against a quality field with names like Fernandez, Deakes and Ghoula, Marc was inspired to walk the fastest time by a South African on foreign soil in years. Marc also plans to walk in Poland and Russia later this year aiming to set even faster times ahead of the World champs this year and the 2008 Olympics in China.

Good luck Marc.
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Mundell setting the Marc well under 90 Minutes in Cape Town - 01 May 2007

Marc Mundell of TUKS set one of the fastest 20km times in South Africa in years by breaking the 90 minutes barrier with a time of 1:27.26 taking first place in a quality field. A consistent performer, Mundell’s hard work finally paid off, basically booking him a ticket to go compete internationally this season. This sets the mark for fellow Senior walkers aiming for that illusive sub 90 minutes.

What started out as a cold misty morning in Cape Town turned out to be a walking festival delivering a feast of quality walking for the connoisseur. Walkers from Gauteng, North West and Natal made their way to Youngsfield, Cape Town to compete in the WP Open and Interclub Race Walking Championships organized by the Western Province Race Walking Committee on 12 May 2007. Most visiting athletes came to Cape Town to set fast times and qualify for various international meetings. With a fast and flat course situated in the grounds of Youngsfield Military Base treating walkers with a picturesque mountainous backdrop when the weather is clear this venue has seen plenty of records fall in the past.

The 30km and 20km events began 07:00, both with quality fields. In the 30km for women SA 50km Champion and Big Walk legend Trudi Carstens won the gold in a time of 3:23.18. WP Senior walker Ross McDonald took the honors in the 30km for men with a consistent 50 minute per 10km time of 2:30.53. 19 Year old Werner Appel from the University of Johannesburg also walked a superb race by clocking a personal best time of 1:32.41. In the Women’s 20km Ruzanne Harris from Maties also walked a personal best time of 1:45.48 to win her race. Another highlight was the Junior Men’s 10km where it was a race between visitors Andre Bekker from TUKS and Wade Fraser from KZN. Bekker came out top in a time of 47:07:00 with Fraser following in second in a time of 50:05:00.

A new edition to this annual event was the www.racewalk.co.za WP Open Club Cup. The Western Province Club accumulating the most points during the event would be the proud owners of the trophy for a whole year. The two traditional powerhouse Walking Clubs from Cape Town, Spartan Harriers and Bellville Athletics Club was at it again battling it out for yet another award. In the end Bellville Athletics Club with the help of its Master and Junior athletes took the honor of being the first owners of the trophy.

With inspirational music being played as walkers passed and smiling officials and judges on the spot during the day everybody could smile and relax after a very successful race. A huge thank you must go out to everybody who organized the race, the officials and those that volunteered. This event has the potential to become one of the Premier Walks in South Africa. Next year promises to be even bigger, better, faster and louder.
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Hallo from Tielt Winge (Nicolene Cronje in Europe) - 07 May 2007

Hallo to all of you

It has now been little over 2 weeks since I left South Africa to do some racing and training in Europe . I left South Africa on the 20th April to meet up with the Polish Olympic Race Walkers on a training camp in Kobyla Gora , Poland . After traveling for 24hrs (which include my very favorite 7hr train trip going at 100km per hour) I finally reached my destination.

I soon realized that Poland is very different from South Africa … and I soon had to get out of my comfort zone which I was so use to. Luxuries was a thing of the past for now, with no proper internet connection, no good food or food I was use to, very basic hotel with not much in it or very clean… and so I can go on.

The first day was I think probably the worst day of my life. Never ever have I felt so alone in my life. I arrived and immediately I wanted to return home. 14 polish speaking athletes around (whom I all know and trained with before) and with only 2 of them that can speak a little English. Communication was difficult or impossible most of the times. I just wanted to go home! And I was about to give up on my European trip… until my boyfriend convinced me otherwise. The Sunday evening my coach (Roman Magdziarchyk) arrived at the training camp and immediately things were different. He could at least talk “some” English and we could communicate a little better.

A typical day at the training camp looked like the following: Breakfast at 08:00, training at 10:30, lunch at 13:00, training at 17:30 and supper at 19:00. This was something we as South Africans are not use to. So change has to come into affect real quick. The reason for them eating breakfast and then go training was for the simple reason of doing the hard session in the morning. The evening session was mostly just recovery with an easy walk of 6-8km.

I stayed in Kobyla Gora for six days. The 28th of April I had a 10km race in Zaniemyls, about 160km from where the camp was. I had to admit that I was scared and stressed for the race a lot. ‘Cause I did not really know what to expect and what my form or fitness levels were. Roman (coach, who is also a Polish 50km walker), and I had discussions about what the race pace should be 2 days leading up to the race. He said that he will be pleased if I do a 49 min on the day. At the end I finished 5th in a time of 48:39. Which both Roman and I were pleased about. Considering racing in South Africa where I always take the lead and always walk all alone, this was something completely different. For the first time I was not the leader, for the first time I did not set the pace… I had to work for what I wanted. And at this stage I just wanted to go under that 49min barrier…

From the race we had to sit for 6hrs on a train to our next destination, Gdansk , where I will be staying for the next 6 days. Soon I saw how poor Poland really is. Houses or flats were very small and although the country was pretty the people were very ordinary and dull. The academy (university) with athletics track and indoor track was about 1km from where I stayed, which made training and getting around easy. We kept the same routine as in Kobyla Gora with eating breakfast and then training. Roman believes in one different thing. Sleep until you wake up, cause then and only then your body fully rested. So that was what we were doing… sleeping until we wake up in the morning… I have to admit training in Gdansk I did not enjoy as much as to what I did in Kobyla Gora. Gdansk was very gold. We went out for a 10km training session in 7degrees temperatures… and the only thing you look forward to was a nice hot bath! Most of the days in Gdansk were cold weather and unpleasant training sessions. I have to admit that never in my life had I ever felt so bad while training and never have I ever freezed my butt as what I did in Gdansk . After training my head was spinning and I was nauseous. I often joke and say that I had frost bite…

I have left Gdansk , and have been in Tielt Winge , Belgium for the past 3 days. Here I am staying with my boyfriend, John, his cycling team riders (Konica Minolta Cycling) and some national team riders! I will be based here for training for the next 4 weeks where I will go to La Coruna , Spain , where I will have my first attempt to qualify for World Championships which is being held later this year in Osaka , Japan .

While training in Tielt Winge, one feel as free as a bird. The country side and farm life surrounds you… with sheep, cow and horse poo to look out for while training (yes no TAXI’s). The whole mentality of the people here is different. Bike/walking paths along most of the roads… Pedestrians and cyclist have right of way… The cars slow down, either stop until you pass and even move off the road when, they cyclist / athletes and yes even a race walker walk on the road. The traffic will be an occasional tractor, cows or a peleton of cyclist.I can now for the first time understand why the top cyclists in the world come to train in Belgium.

I have learned so far a lot from the Polish walkers, and I don’t think I would have had the opportunity to do so if h had stayed in South Africa . The purpose of me coming to Europe is to gain experience and to see how we as race walkers or athletes can improve ourselves in the game we so much love. What are the common mistakes we make when we train? So far I know that they do train hard but also they train very smart too. After hard sessions they do allow there bodies to recover and the most important thing is to respect your body.

Race walking regards

Nicolene Cronje
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It's official: city life is getting faster - 06 May 2007

Using residents' walking speed as an indicator of the pace of life, British research published on Wednesday ranked Singapore, Copenhagen and Madrid as the world's most frenetic cities.
The study found that globally, people's walking speeds have increased by 10% in the last decade, with the biggest increases in the Far East.

In Singapore, walking pace rose by 30% and in Guangzhou, China, the figure was 20%.
But some cities usually noted for their intensity feature relatively low down the scale - New York is rated eighth, London 12th and Tokyo 16th. The most laid-back places are Blantyre in Malawi and Manama, Bahrain.

The research was carried out by Professor Richard Wiseman, of the University of Hertfordshire, in Hatfield, north of London, who measured the average time it took 35 adults in each city to walk 18m. Always in a hurry Wiseman said: "By 2040, we'll be arriving before we set off.

"The psychology is basically that people's walking pace is determined by how much they think they're in a hurry; how quickly they think they should be doing things.

"I believe a lot of it is technology-driven. What's amazing is that these days, you press send on an email and, if someone hasn't responded in 10 minutes, you think: 'Where are they?'"

Wiseman compared his results with statistics collected by Professor Robert Levine, from California State University in the United States, ten years ago, to see how much we have speeded up.
People worried about whether their lives were too frantic should ask themselves questions like whether they were often first to finish meals, if they felt frustrated when stuck behind others walking down the street and whether they walked out of shops if there was a small queue, Wiseman said.

AFP

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SA 50km and Interprovincial Race Walking Champs - 19 April 2007

The date of the annual and very successful SA 50km / Interprovincial champs have changed from 14 July 2007 to 7 July 2007. This date makes it possible for the Athletes to stay in and enjoy SWD even longer. The following week sees the start of the Knysna Oyster festival, with the Knysna marathon and street mile a popular attraction for endurance junkies. Walkers are welcome to participate in all these events. For those that would like the finer things in life there are the Oysters itself.

This event sees the best walkers in SA from all age groups come together and walk for Provincial glory. A great war of walks can be expected between Central Gauteng and Western Province for the coveted Provincial Trophy. Current and former World Master Champions together with SA Champions will take the road in distances covering a 5km development race to the Official SA 50km walk.

Racewalk.co.za will keep you up to date with results and info. Watch this space.
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Cronje and Hlatswayo crowned National Champs - 18 March 2007

The best walkers in South Africa came to Durban this weekend to compete at the SA Senior Athletics Championships. A well none venue for fun in the sun Durban welcomed the walkers with its usual humid and sunny weather. Defending Champs Nicolene Cronje and Werner Appel set the pace early the season with good times on the track with other Provincial Championships held earlier the year also giving clues to whom can walk away with the National titles.

The women’s race started first with Nicolene Cronje, Ruzanne Harris, Nomsa Buthelezi and Natalie Fourie being the main contenders for the medals. In the end Cronje won the Gold by more than ten minutes with a time of 1:41:27.60. The men’s race was a totally different story. A big field gathered in what was to be an exiting race. Taking it easy for the first few kilometers groups were formed as the leaders, which included Thami Hlatswayo, Marc Mundell and Ross McDonald started to break away. As the race progressed the stronger athletes came from behind catching the athletes struggling in the heat. Werner Appel and Jakobus van Dyk showed guts in attacking the field to finish 3rd and 4th respectively. In the race for the Gold Thami Hlatswayo came out tops winning in a time of 1:33:21.30 with Marc Mundell finishing second.

The organisation of the race and the support given from spectators at the water points were great. It must be said that ASA gave allot of attention to detail at this event. The number of judges and officials were encouraging. The next Championships promise to be even more exciting if this trend is continued.

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Nicolene Cronje breaks SA Record for second time - 10 March 2007

South Africa's best female walker Nicolene Cronje broke her own 3000M walk
record for the second time this year at the last Yellow Pages Ultimate Athletics Meeting held in Pretoia.

Finishing in a comfortable first place Nicolene set a new record time of 13:16.25.
With a PB of 12:53.19 - not acknowledged as a SA record and a time of 13:01.40 walked in December 2006, Nicolene seems set to take the National title on 17 March 2007 in Durban.

In the Mens race Werner Appel took the honours in a respectable time of 12:27.

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Future of Race walking at Commonwealth Games - 08 February 2007

Like many sports race walking has it’s origin in Great Britain, an island on the west coast of Europe that made an impact on the whole world through discovery and expansion of trade. Know known as the Commonwealth, previously British ruled countries like Australia, Canada, India and South Africa come together every four years to celebrate humanity and compete at sporting events.

It’s been widely reported that Race walking will not feature in the next Commonwealth Games in India 2010. The following reasons were given.

1) Too few participants
2) Difficulty of organizing events outside the stadium.

At the last Commonwealth Games 9 female athletes competed in the 20km with 10 male athletes in the men’s event. In the 50km 10 male athletes took part. Personally I can’t see why this is a problem. With athletes competing like Jane Saville and Nathan Deakes (Current 50km World record holder) it must be seen as an opportunity for countries to send more athletes to gain experience against world-beaters, represent their countries and enhance the profile of Race walking.

Staging a race walking event can be challenging when you don’t do your homework and don’t get the needed support from authorities and stakeholders. It’s not a marathon course that needs to be measured, secured and marshaled – It’s a lap of plus-minus 2km. If you look at how Indians support their Cricket, I don’t see a problem with support on the course. If traffic, pedestrians and trade areas seem to be a problem it can be fixed, the Games is in 2010…work on it.

Race walking is a sport that can be enjoyed by all. With enough exposure people will get interested and try it out. Not including race walking will cause loss of interest, loss of international exposure and loss of exposure to the broader public through television broadcasts.

Many countries send athletes to the Commonwealth Games as a step and learning experience ahead of the ultimate… the Olympics. Talented young walkers from England, Australia and South Africa are getting deprived of an opportunity to represent their countries.

Since word came out many discussions, views and comments have been shared on this topic.

Joseph O. Ochieng, an IAAF Race Walking judge from Kenya wrote, “ There should be campaigned for more participants, not exclusion for few numbers. This is not only to India, but also to the future host Countries. The issue of venue/road etc should not be an excuse because the Walk competition rule is clearly flexible. I am totally against this move and appeal to all the Games organizers to see the amount of destruction such decisions can cause the world of sports.”

Maurizo Damilano IAAF Race Walking Committee Chairman wrote, “I read with great alarm the decision to drop race walking from Commonwealth Games. Is unacceptable for race walking world. We have to fight for to try to change this decision.”

As walkers whether elite or social we should stand up and let our voice be heard. We get out of bed early, we train, we slog it out on the road…we’re pretty hardcore if you think. Lets make it a mission and campaign for the Race walking event to stay, for the future of race walking in the Commonwealth.

Pieter Vorster
www.racewalk.co.za

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ISSUE 2 of WALKIE-TALKIE available - 22 January 2007

The second edition of Racewalk.co.za’s official newsletter Walkie-Talkie is out.

Those that registered by sending their name, surname and email address to 35448 will be glad to know that their newsletter is on the way.

If you haven’t registered you can do so by doing the following. Send a SMS with your name, surname and email address to 35448. SMS cost R3.

Not only will you receive Walkie-Talkie on a quarterly basis, but you’ll also be the first to know about competitions and updates.

Foreword from newsletter:

Wow… time flies when you’re busy. And a busy year it certainly has been. From the get-go the support and response given to racewalk.co.za was overwhelming. The efforts put into the site from you the walkers and the design team is well worth it. Hopefully some ground has been won in our quest to create interest in South African race walking. Scanning the web and seeing the interest developing in race walking one can only expect a wave of walkers making an impact around the world.

2006 was a year filled with wonderful highlights for South African race walking. The SA flag stood proud amongst other international flags at the Commonwealth Games, IAAF Race Walking World Cup and African Athletics Championships. Dave McGovern gave a clinic in Cape Town. A sub 1 hour 30 minutes in the 20km was finally achieved after a long absence. Numerous national and provincial records were broken.

Now it’s 2007… a fresh year ready for new highlights and spectacular achievements. Being an IAAF World Championships year our walkers will give their all trying to secure a spot in the SA Senior Athletics Squad. The SA 50km Championships in Oudshoorn also promise to be a humdinger. This event has grown through the years and athletes are starting to get very competitive at this distance. The SA Students, Junior and Youth Championships will again be watched with great interest. Don’t forget the World Masters Championships, a hunting ground for SA walkers. South Africa certainly stands a good chance to bring back some gold again and maybe break some records in the process.

With this in mind racewalk.co.za certainly looks forward to 2007 and promise to keep you up to date with every detail possible. From us to you…good luck for 2007, may your dreams and goals come true.
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Bellville AC dominate 80km Big Walk 11 November 2007
SA 50km Womens record recognized 06 November 2007
New 20km Mens World Record September 2007
World Masters Results - Women 5000M 06 September 2007
Dave McGovern Clinic JHB 27 August 2007
SA Interprovincials 07 10 July 2007
Masters Walkers to Italy 05 July 2007
Dave McGovern Clinic News - Reminder 29 June 2007
Two top walkers in action in Poland 25 June 2007
Six walkers to All Africa Games 15 June 2007
Oudtshoorn Background 15 June 2007
European Safari off to a good start 02 June 2007
Mundell setting the Marc well under 90 Minutes in Cape Town 13 May 2007
Hallo from Tielt Winge (Nicolene Cronje in Europe) 07 May 2007
It's official: city life is getting faster 06 May 2007
SA 50km and Interprovincial Champs 19 April 2007
Cronje and Hlatswayo crowned National Champs 18 March 2007
Nicolene Cronje breaks SA Record for second time 10 March 2007
Future of Race walking at Commonwealth Games 08 February 2007
ISSUE 2 of WALKIE-TALKIE available 22 January 2007