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BIG5 Challenge attracts some Big Name Elite Runners

BIG5 Challenge attracts some Big Name Elite Runners

24 May 2017 - The 8th Annual BIG5 Challenge is fast approaching and the competition for podium spots is heating up with the likes of Bradley Weiss, Davide Del Fante, Dean Hopf and Theo Blignaut fighting it out o...
Just Let Me Run!

Just Let Me Run!

30 December 2015 - For some people, running on a treadmill might be boring and the idea of running straight lines isn’t too exciting, either, but after months out of action following an operation, Blitzbok Seve...
Lifting Power

Lifting Power

10 September 2015 - The sport of powerlifting does not enjoy as much publicity in South Africa as many other codes, but thanks to new runner Mariska Casey, more runners will know about it now. – BY SEAN FALCONER...
Reaching the Summits

Reaching the Summits

09 July 2015 - As an asthmatic, challenging to tackle the world’s big seven summits is quite a feat in itself, but for Katlego Letheo, her dream entails overcoming more than that. She chats to Modern Athlet...
No Limbits!

No Limbits!

11 June 2015 - Para-athlete Dylan Da Silva was born with the physical disability Phocomelia, the malformation of his arms, but he has not let that hold him back from becoming a talented young athlete who is now r...
The Running Boome

The Running Boome

06 March 2015 - Traditionally, tight forwards in rugby – props, hookers and locks – were renowned for being big and heavy, built for scrumming and mauling, and didn’t like to run that much, but i...
Running Back

Running Back

12 November 2014 - Running about 10km at almost full speed for a minimum of 70 minutes while focusing on skillfully handling a ball with a stick, that is the game of hockey in a nutshell – which is why South Af...
The Rhino Orphanage campaign joins horns with Race the Rhino MTB for World Rhino Day 2014

The Rhino Orphanage campaign joins horns with Race the Rhino MTB for World Rhino Day 2014

16 September 2014 - In less than a week, like-minded people and organisations across the globe will raise their voices against rhino poaching and the illegal trade in rhino horn by hosting events, shows and a variety ...
Leading From the Front

Leading From the Front

10 September 2014 - When Mignon du Preez smashed 258 runs in an under-13 provincial match, hitting 16 sixes and 25 fours with a strike rate of well over 200, a bright future was already on the cards for her in women&r...
Faf, Fitter & Faster

Faf, Fitter & Faster

25 July 2014 - One of the fittest, most dynamic performers in the SA Proteas cricket team is Francois ‘Faf’ du Plessis, who also captains the national Twenty20 team. Modern Athlete’s Nicole...
Skillz on the Run

Skillz on the Run

30 June 2014 - Former Banyana Banyana player and team manager Lydia Monyepao of Varsity Kudus completed her first Comrades last month in 10:14. She chats about how football helped her transition to the Big C, and...
Big Wave Warrior

Big Wave Warrior

09 June 2014 - Newly-crowned Big Wave World Tour World Champion Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker of South Africa is not only one of the world’s best surfers, he is also one of the fittest. Launching yo...
Becoming an Impi

Becoming an Impi

04 April 2014 - This weekend sees the next edition of the Impi Challenge in Cape Town. This unique adventure sport race combines trail running with a series of obstacles and is attracting both an impressive elite ...
Still Making Waves

Still Making Waves

01 April 2014 - Thanks to his winning ways in the pool, Olympic, World and Commonwealth champ Chad Le Clos has become one of South Africa’s brightest sporting heroes. This month, he’s going all out ...
Dallas Marathon has served as Brandon Cumby’s motivation, taking him from life support to starting line

Dallas Marathon has served as Brandon Cumby’s motivation, taking him from life support to starting line

17 March 2014 - Brandon Cumby was lying in his Parkland Hospital bed following an electric shock and 25-foot fall from a tree in August 2012. The self-described skeptic had tubes in his mouth, internal burns below...
Gazza on the Run

Gazza on the Run

28 February 2014 - Between 1993 and 2004, cricketer Gary Kirsten played 101 Test Matches and 185 One Day Internationals for South Africa, then launched a successful coaching career that saw him lead India to the Worl...
Putting it all Together

Putting it all Together

30 January 2014 - Artistic gymnastics consists of six disciplines: Floor, rings, high bar, pommel horse, parallel bars and vaulting. Much of the work done in these disciplines requires intense muscle strength and co...
Setting the Pace

Setting the Pace

30 January 2014 - In 2013, Lee-Anne took honours at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open, Madrid’s Open de Espana and the Sanya Ladies Open in China. The humble athlete from Wellington in the Boland was also voted ...
Advantage Simmonds

Advantage Simmonds

06 January 2014 - In the second edition of Modern Athlete back in 2009, we interviewed a 16-year-old who was already the country’s top junior tennis player, African Junior Champion, and a player who had reach...
Pedal Power

Pedal Power

06 January 2014 - There was a time when Ashleigh dreamed of making it big in triathlon and duathlon, and with a 1:21 PB for the half marathon, she was enjoying her road running too, but then she picked up ITB pro...
3,2,1 Action!

3,2,1 Action!

01 December 2013 - Ask Fleur van Eeden about a day in her life and it sounds like a fairytale. If she is not on her mountain bike in Swellendam, running around in stunning gorges, or paddling with her boyfriend in Kny...
Marking Marsha

Marking Marsha

01 December 2013 - Marsha’s r?sume makes for impressive reading: Over 300 test caps and appearances at two Olympic Games, three Commonwealth Games and two World Cups. She made her international debut in 2001, ha...
Soldiering On

Soldiering On

31 October 2013 - At the beginning of October, the headline bout at EFC Africa 24 at Carnival City in Johannesburg saw Garreth ‘Soldierboy’ McLellan regain the EFC (Extreme Fighting Championship) midd...
Epic Adventurer

Epic Adventurer

01 October 2013 - Gugu Zulu always wanted to drive: “When I was still very young, I remember my mom asked me what I want to be one day and I said I want to be a driver. She asked me what kind of driver I’d ...
Touch & Go

Touch & Go

01 October 2013 - Most of us know the basic rules of touch rugby, but in 6-Down, teams have six ‘downs,’ or restarts, to score a try, after which possession is turned over. When touched while carrying th...
Dusi Domination

Dusi Domination

30 August 2013 - Robyn Kime can look back on quite some 2012! Not only did she win her third consecutive Unlimited Dusi Canoe Marathon title (one solo K1 win sandwiched between two K2 wins with Abbey Ulanski), but ...
Bafana Runner

Bafana Runner

30 August 2013 - Glen Salmon admits he didn’t feel like doing any running whatsoever when he hung up his boots last year. “After 16 years on the soccer field, I felt I had pushed my body far enough, but ...
Throwing the Distance

Throwing the Distance

01 August 2013 - Energetic sport junkie Sunette grew up in Rustenburg and dabbled in cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics and netball at school. She had a naturally strong arm and flourished on the cricket field, playi...
Strokes Ahead of the Rest

Strokes Ahead of the Rest

01 August 2013 - The London Olympics will always be a special memory for Matt, who alongside teammates James Thompson, Sizwe Ndlovu and John Smith landed gold ahead of hosts Britain and Denmark. “It’s am...
MotoX Magician

MotoX Magician

01 July 2013 - When Anthony was nine years old, some family friends invited him to ride their bike and he was hooked. After begging his dad for his own bike, Anthony started to compete at age 11 and eventually go...